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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00

Council Member Decries Bullying of Bar Owner

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A downtown La Crosse bar owner is back on the defense with neighbors once again calling for an end to outdoor music. It's Chris Stolpa's Stein Haus next to the Grand River Station downtown. It's a married couple living in the Grand River Station who called for revoking Stolpa's live music license last year because of the noise. They're back again. And city council member David Krump has had enough of the complaints.  Krump says the complaining couple is essentially bullying Stolpa over music that's played at his bar a couple of nights per week. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Though, in the last year, Stolpa hasn't been cited for violating the city's noise ordinances, a city council committee still wants him to hire a professional to measure noise from his bar within the next three weeks or face potential revocation for the outdoor live music license.
 
 
 

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The feds appear to be making the right moves regarding the use of antibiotics.

 

 

At least it seems that way to infectious disease preventionist at Gundersen in La Crosse, Marilyn Michaels. She says Americans need to take seriously the amount of antibiotics in the food we eat because there's plenty of the germ killers used in the production of meat, likely contributing to increasing levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

 

 

 

The rapid rise of super bug bacteria has led to an antibiotic summit in D.C. this week along with an ongoing federal push to get meat producers to phase out antibiotics as a way to promote growth in their animals.

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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00

Four Blocks of Main Street Closed for Weeks

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Just a little maintenance, but enough to close one of the main thoroughfares into downtown La Crosse for the next six weeks. Main street between seventh and eleventh streets. The city is tearing out and replacing pavement but also addressing some storm sewer issues and adding some bumpouts to the sidewalk at the intersection of eighth and Main to make it easier to get across the street to the Main library branch.

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Grateful. That's how you might describe Carol Abrahamzon, head of the La Crosse-based Mississippi Valley Conservancy.
 
 
 
 
Her group uses lots of money from the state's land stewardship fund to buy up land and preserve it. Now, lawmakers in Madison have pushed back on plans by governor Walker to put a temporary end to all of those purchases. A good thing, too, says Abrahamzon who says the organization has purchased over five thousand acres.  None of it possible without money from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship fund.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The group's latest purchase near Ferryville uses stewardship money as well as other private donations to buy up 144 acres that was set for a residential development.
 

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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00

Storage Building Burns, Suspect Arrested

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Charges could be filed against a 'person of interest' arrested yesterday, in connection with a storage building fire in Shelby. Inspectors still haven't determined what caused the fire that gutted an Edwards Mini-Storage building...but the person taken into custody is suspected of unlawfully handling burning materials. Assistant Shelby Fire Chief Tony Holinka doubts that much of the property in the building can be saved.   Many of the storage unit doors had to be ripped open by the fire department to get stored materials out.

 

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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00

Doyle: Budget's a Mess

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On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said that the Joint Finance Committee is now unlikely to even meet this week. Haggling over transportation funding and a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium are at issue. Not to the liking of Democratic State Rep. Steve Doyle who says he's been getting ongoing messages from his colleagues on both sides of the aisle who are concerned about the apparent mess that the state budget has turned into. 

 

Doyle says once this state budget is passed, republicans in a marginal district may want to watch their jobs as people in those districts won't forget their votes that were passed come election time.

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Competing interests among emergency responders are, for now, sinking the chances for a new La Crosse Dive Rescue Team building on Isle la Plume.

The volunteer team has a benefactor willing to pay for the new building. They've got a site picked out. But the city's police and fire departments want in on the action and so nothing is happening, says the team's Jack Haase, which is disappointing, considering they were hoping to be in a new building by the end of this year. 

Police, fire and the team have been trying to negotiate a deal on a new building for the last six months. Police have suggested sharing a building with the fire department and leasing a space to the dive rescue team.

 

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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 00:00

E-Cigs Part of County Retailer Tobacco Checks

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Local tobacco retailer checks will now have an added focus to them. Making sure stores don t sell e-cigarettes to minors. That according to the 7 C s Health Initiative Coalition. Alison Glodowski says minor tobacco user rates are on the rise over the past five years.  She believes that's because the county is doing fewer retailer checks. 

 

Now, she says they are doing about 58 checks. And she says the 2014 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey shows 7.9% of our state s high school students currently use e-cigarettes. That number has tripled in just 1 year.

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Tuesday, 02 June 2015 00:00

Abortion Bill Hearing Today

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A public hearing will be held this morning on a fast moving Republican bill to ban all abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks of fertility.

 

The bill would mean that doctors who perform abortions after 20 weeks could be convicted of felonies, and go to prison for up to three and a half years. Governor Scott Walker said Monday that he will sign the bill if and when it reaches his desk.

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