Late For Work Permission Slip
Frustrated with all the road construction in La Crosse? Is your boss angry because the congestion is making you late for work? Then print off this handy permission slip and hand it your boss, compliments of WIZM!
By late Tuesday afternoon, people driving I-90 between La Crosse and Tomah should be able to go 70 miles an hour. Legally, that is. La Crosse County highway commissioner Ron Chamberlain says his crew will install the new '70' signs tomorrow on the 40-mile stretch from the Mississippi River to Tomah. Until the state law was changed recently, Wisconsin was among a handful of states which still had an interstate speed limit of 65 or lower.
An armed robbery at the Wayside Tavern on West Wisconsin Street in Sparta has now produced four suspects. Sparta police tell us that they identified and questioned four suspects. Three suspects are in now in jail on warrants. Names of those busted have not been released yet. Charges relating to the robbery are pending.
The armed robbery happened just before 11p.m. last Thursday. One of the suspects displayed a handgun, demanded money from an employee of the tavern the took off with an undisclosed amount of money.
It wasn't that long ago that there was a real possibility of shipping frac sand from the port of La Crosse. Apparently that doesn't seem very likely anymore. That's according to a new report from La Crosse-based Brennan Marine to the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Brennan says the drop in crude oil prices means frac sand shipping through the port isn't likely to happen in the near future. Otherwise, the company predicts a slightly slower shipping season than last year, a season that had more shipping volume than the previous two despite being much shorter than average.
A new Milwaukee Bucks arena might make fiscal sense for the state of Wisconsin in the long run, but some are saying the arena could also hurt governor Walker's presidential ambitions in short run. La Crosse county republican party chair Bill Feehan says, with everything that's happened in Wisconsin during Walker's tenure, a Bucks arena deal won't mean much to national voters. Walker argues the tax revenue that comes from the Bucks more than offsets the small public investment in a new arena. Feehan agrees with that argument.
A rail company already isn't getting what it wanted in a new set of tracks scheduled to get built on La Crosse's northside. In a petition filed with the state, Canadian Pacific had hoped to add a little more than three-fourths of a mile of tracks near the Amtrak station without having a hearing on the project. But the state has scheduled a hearing anyway for Thursday afternoon in city hall. The hearing will deal with the crossings that will be affected: at Liberty and St Cloud streets and Avon and Hagar streets. The company has already agreed to reimburse the city for the changes to those crossings to make way for the third set of tracks. Canadian says the new tracks will add to the company's overall network capacity.