Poage Park Groundbreaking Today
It's all over but the building now. Official groundbreaking is today for the massive renovation of George C Poage park in La Crosse. It used to be called Hood park. But that was before city park and rec director Steve Carlyon started to tell the story of Poage, who grew up in La Crosse and went on to become the nation's first black Olympic medalist in 1904. The renovation will cost $1.4 million and could be done this year.
More Tracks Coming. Northside This Time
Not without some resistance will a third set of tracks get added along a mile stretch on La Crosse's northside. That's apparent by the number of activists who showed at a Thursday public hearing on the new tracks in city hall. Guys like Alan Stankewitz, who says that third set of tracks that will go through two street crossings on the northside will only allow more crude oil to be shipped through La Crosse by Canadian Pacific Canadian Pacific's consultants says the number of trains will not increase with the third set of tracks.
Holland Stands Strong
Wisconsin's energy regulators on Wednesday stood by their decision to approve a high-voltage power line between Madison and La Crosse, rejecting appeals by project opponents to reconsider their vote in favor of the project. Meaning there's one more challenge left. The Town of Holland's court challenge to the line. Town of Holland Clerk, Marilyn Padretti. Several groups opposed to the $580 million Badger Coulee line petitioned the Public Service Commission for a new hearing on its April decision. The three member PSC recently voted unanimously to reject those requests.
VA Better.........New Report Surfaces
Several items are coming out of the Tomah VA Medical center since federal investigators took over months ago. Senator Tammy Baldwin tells us that positive steps are being taken in the wake of bad medicine disposal...retaliation and patient deaths. All apart of a 30 day plan internally. Another revelation came out Thursday as the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General released their finalized report on the care provided to a veteran at the urgent care clinic at the Tomah VAMC in Tomah. They say that a doctor failed to diagnose 74 year old Thomas Baer's stroke as he waited in the urgent care clinic, however, the physician properly considered broad diagnostic possibilities.
Hang Those Signs! Or Not.
A federal judge has ruled on a lawsuit over restrictions on protesting on French Island. Local Tea Party activists filed the lawsuit against the Town of Campbell after being ticketed for protesting on the I-90 overpass. They were ticketed after the town passed an ordinance prohibiting signs and rallies on the overpass. That incident ultimately led to the resignation of the town's police chief, who was found guilty of retaliating against members of the Tea Party by signing them up for pornographic websites. The judge has ruled the ordinance against signs on the overpass is constitutional.