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It's a new school year in the City of La Crosse and the school district is gearing up for new faces roaming their halls today. Superintendent, Randy Nelson, says they are down 9 staff this year from last, and they have struggled to staff one area of the district.
Over 50 new teachers throughout the district are ready this morning to welcome in students for the 2012-13 school year.
Senior housing.....new businesses and education...all on hte top of Steve Bissen's list if he's elected to La Crescent Mayor in the fall. He maps out some of his concerns.
Bissen will take on incumbant Maor, Mike Poellinger, on November 6th. Poellinger recieved 95% of the vote total when he was re-elected in 2010. He's been Mayor since the early 90's.
Not all fire service is created equal...
That's one stumbling block holding up a new agreement on fire protection for Holmen and the towns of Holland and Onalaska. Last week, the Onalaska town board voted to withdraw from the fire district unless Holmen pays more of the cost, since it gets the vast majority of calls. Holmen administrator Scott Heinig says charging by the call is not fair to his community. Heinig claims if the town of Onalaska withdraws at the end of 2013, as it threatens to do, then Holmen and Holland will continue their partnership.
A very hot summer has gone by in Vernon County, without much movement on a notorious cold case.
Last May, the sheriff's department in Viroqua asked the public to help solve the murder of an unknown woman that occurred in 1984. Sheriff John Spears has been trying to make the media beyond western Wisconsin aware of the killing. The woman's body had no hands, and she didn't match any missing person description at the time. Investigators believe she was killed outside Vernon County, and the body was brought over county lines.
Riverboat lovers in La Crosse will get their first look this week at the newest paddlewheeler to cruise the upper Mississippi.
The 'Queen of the Mississippi' is on its first trip from St. Louis to St. Paul, and will arrive at La Crosse's Riverside Park early Thursday morning. The 150-passenger boat will be docked in La Crosse for about 10 hours before continuing upriver, and it will make three more visits to La Crosse this fall. Also, the American Queen will return to the city on September 19th, for the first time in four years. The old 'Mississippi Queen' was dismantled last year, and the Delta Queen is permanently docked in Tennessee.