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AP sources: Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law

Thursday, 22 June 2017
AP sources: Senate GOP health bill would reshape Obama law

More than half a dozen GOP senators have expressed problems with the measure.

Viterbo receives $1.64 million grant for Nursing College

Thursday, 22 June 2017
Viterbo receives $1.64 million grant for Nursing College

NURSES program hopes to recruit from areas with nursing shortages in hopes they return as nurses.

Local breweries, wineries could be in trouble if new legislation passes

Thursday, 22 June 2017
Local breweries, wineries could be in trouble if new legislation passes

Eliminating the 'little guy' may be exactly the point of proposal.

La Crosse GOP chair relieved Senators finally revealing health care bill

Thursday, 22 June 2017
La Crosse GOP chair relieved Senators finally revealing health care bill

Bill Feehan says Rep. have had 7 years to figure out repeal and replace.

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Over the last decade, La Crosse's Irish population has set aside a weekend in August for celebrating the Gaelic heritage. That happens again in a couple of weeks, when Irishfest returns to the southside festgrounds. There will be music and dancing, an Irish comedian, and Irish food and drink. And along with the usual sheep-shearing, fest president Pat Stephens this year promises a demonstration of sheep herding.

 

The pre-Irishfest activities begin tonight with a special Irish trivia contest at Dublin Square on Main Street. The actual three-day festival opens on Friday, August 7th.  The fest will provide golf cart rides in order to deal with ongoing road construction around the festgrounds.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Report: Nursing needs more diversity

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Western Wisconsin has the lowest number of nurses relative to the rest of the population. That's the conclusion from a new state nurse survey. The annual survey finds that, in the western part of the state, there are seven nurses per thousand people. In northern Wisconsin, the ratio is 15 nurses per thousand people. The survey also finds that the nursing population is nowhere near as diverse as the rest of the population. 95% of nurses are white, according to the survey.

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The La Crosse metro area joined just about every other large population area in the state with a rising unemployment rate for June. Numbers from Madison show the La Crosse area's June unemployment rate at 4.2%, up three tenths from the month before and just slightly lower than June of last year. Though the state also shows La Crosse with a few hundred fewer people employed than last year. The Madison and Appleton areas were the only ones to not show an increase in unemployment for June.

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There's maybe a reason the roads are bad around here. Just look to the southeast corner of the state. Wisconsin's beleaguered roads and massive building projects are the subject of study just published this week in Politico magazine. The study says vast highway expansion projects are undertaken especially around Milwaukee at expense of basic maintenance in the state. the study says that, between 2009 and 2011, Wisconsin spent only 39 percent of its highway dollars on maintenance versus 61 percent on new highway capacity. The biggest one completed: the Marquette interchange. At the time, the most expensive project in the state. The zoo interchange in Milwaukee is expected to cost twice as much.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

New rest area planned for French Island

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It's less than 40 years old, but for a publicly-used building, that's old age. The DOT welcome center on French Island will be taken down soon, to be replaced by a new and larger center. 

 

Ben Wolf, with the Short Elliott Hendrickson architects of La Crosse, says the existing building is in need of maintenance and repair because of its age.   He and the Wisconsin DOT showed off designs for a new welcome center and Mile 1 rest area at a public meeting last night. Construction of a newer rest stop should begin next May, and take about five months to complete.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Court says Houston sand mine may reopen

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A court ruling this week in Minnesota will permit a silica sand mine in Houston County to reopen, if the owners choose to operate it again. The court of appeals overruled the DNR, which had blocked mining at the Erickson mine in Houston.

 

Rick Frank, environmental service director for Houston County, says the mine is considered small, because it would only produce up to 10-thousand cubic yards a year. The court ruling has no effect on other projects in Houston County, where the county board rejected a sand mining ban in March and allowed a moratorium to expire.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Tomah mayor upset with Roadsnacks ranking

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The Website Roadsnacks recently did a study of best and worst Wisconsin city's to live and some of the areas listed are somewhat shocking. Especially Tomah Mayor Shannon Hough who's city is listed 22nd on the Worst places to live in Wisconsin list.

Criteria for the ranking included highest unemployment rates, education levels and crime rates. Hough backs up that criteria....and says it's all basically wrong.

 

Hough also has a tough time dealing with the fact that Milwaukee, who's population is not even comparable to Tomah's, was also ranked with her city. A little higher up the list though as Wisconsin's largest city was ranked the 13th worst to live in.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Sanders to make virtual stops

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is coming soon to a house party near you, albeit digitally. On July 29th, the Sanders campaign will host coordinated house parties and organizing rallies around the world. And while Sanders would love to be at all of them, he is bound to his Senate duties in Washington. So he ll beam himself in via a live stream link.

Sanders says the idea that he can simultaneously be speaking to people located in 1,000 different places is pretty, pretty exciting. The party planning for the event will also be almost entirely digital. Hosts will set up events on the campaign website, and super volunteers, or builders as Sanders calls them, will help.

A local La Crosse event has been scheduled and moved to a larger arena already. Once scheduled at the Old Crow in downtown La Crosse, now has been moved to the Southside Neighborhood Center from 5:30- 8:30 PM Wednesday. The live stream with Sanders will start at 6:30.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Trio charged for selling drugs at Tomah VA

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3 Monroe County residents are in jail after their arrests for selling illegal narcotics at the Tomah VA Medical Center.

On Monday, an investigation led to the arrest of 60 year old Bernard Jackson of Tomah, a Tomah VA Medical Center employee, for selling illegal narcotics on VA Medical Center property. While conducting the investigation it was found that the narcotics purchased from Jackson had been provided to him by 49 year old Alisa Hamley of Sparta. Hamley was also arrested.

On Tuesday. the investigation led to the arrest of 61 year old Elijah Pates after it was learned that Pates attempted to sell medications to a Veteran at the Tomah VA. All three were arrested and taken to the Monroe County jail where they await court hearings.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Mayo plans new Arcadia clinic

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A $4.25 million primary care clinic will built later this fall in Arcadia. The new Mayo Clinic Health System facility will built on land along Highway 93 that was acquired earlier this spring.

Tanner Holst, Administrator for Primary Care tells us at this point there are no plans for divesting the former hospital clinic campus, they're just moving primary care services to a new location.

 

Services provided at the clinic will include Family Medicine, Lab, Radiology including Ultrasound and Behavioral Health. Completion is expected in the summer of 2016.

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So much for local control on school referendums?

21 June 2017

Voters across Wisconsin have been approving school referendums at a rapid rate. More and more school districts in the state have turned to voters in the form of a referendum...

Punishment for the principal, 27 years ago

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

In June of 1990, former La Crosse Central principal Robert Bulthaus was sentenced to a month in jail, and apologized for misusing student activity funds during the two years he...

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