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Groundbreaking date set for new Winona YMCA

Monday, 24 July 2017
Groundbreaking date set for new Winona YMCA

Group also has closing date on sale of current building. 

La Crosse "tornado sirens," not just for tornadoes

Monday, 24 July 2017
La Crosse "tornado sirens," not just for tornadoes

Severe circumstances will lead county to activating sirens. 

Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Parents grateful VA owned mistakes in son's death

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The parents of a veteran who died last year at the Tomah VA are grateful that the hospital has owned up to mistakes in their son's care. Jason Simcakoski died from a combination of drugs prescribed for him by doctors. Jason's father, Marv Simcakoski, says his family would not want the hospital to shut down. An investigation says Jason had taken more than 50 doses of drugs in the 72 hours before he died. The interim director at Tomah, John Rohrer, says improvements in procedures at Tomah are scheduled to be completed by January.

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Parents grateful VA owned mistakes in son's death

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The parents of a veteran who died last year at the Tomah VA are grateful that the hospital has owned up to mistakes in their son's care. Jason Simcakoski died from a combination of drugs prescribed for him by doctors. Jason's father, Marv Simcakoski, says his family would not want the hospital to shut down. An investigation says Jason had taken more than 50 doses of drugs in the 72 hours before he died. The interim director at Tomah, John Rohrer, says improvements in procedures at Tomah are scheduled to be completed by January.

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Grant helps to spread the word about bike fest

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Labor Day is just four weeks away. That fact may not make you happy, but lots of bicycle riders are looking forward to spending that holiday in La Crosse. Jeremiah Burish is an organizer of La Crosse's Labor Day weekend bike festival. He says they're getting applications from several distant places, like Colorado and Canada. Burish says an 11-thousand dollar grant from the state tourism office is a 'great asset' in spreading the word about the local bike festival.

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Friday - August 7, 2015 12:00 am

Queen follows Queen at La Crosse's Riverside Park

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Two days, two giant riverboats docking in La Crosse. It was the Queen of the Mississippi on Thursday. The American Queen today.

From the La Crosse Historical Society, George Italiano is there as always, in late 19th century period dress, greeting passengers as they get off the giant paddle wheeler.  Italiano says he loves the experience and passengers always seem to love taking pictures of his costume as well as others who get dressed up to greet the travelers. 

 

 

 

The American Queen, from Memphis, is known as the largest steamboat ever built. She's over 400 feet long and nearly 90 feet wide.  Next stop: St. Paul. 

 

 

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A legal driver's license for an illegal immigrant. Something proposed this week in Wisconsin by Milwaukee state rep JoCasta Zamarripa. Not as a reward for undocumented immigrants, she says. But as a way to improve public safety.

Zamarripa believes the measure will insure that those who are driving have passed a driving test and are more likely to have insurance. 

 

 

 

Zamarripa reasons that illegal immigrants are driving already. Her proposed legislation would simply provide a process for those drivers to do so with a state-issued license.

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Friday - August 7, 2015 12:00 am

Sparta man faces multiple charges for police attack

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A Sparta man is facing several charges after his run-in with police in downtown La Crosse this week. Bond was set at 10-thousand dollars yesterday for Jacob Olsen. Police say Olsen had attacked people on King Street on Tuesday, and he backed his car into a building. When officers got to the scene, Olsen banged his head into the squad car's windshield, cracking the glass. A taser didn't work on him, but police did subdue Olsen with pepper spray. He was kept in the hospital for a day or two before being transferred to jail.

 

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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

Committee approves spending $250k on hope and a prayer

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It might be money that gets wasted.  La Crosse mayor Tim Kabat agrees that there are no guarantees of success in spending $250 thousand on new plans for the Rose Street project, already underway by the DOT.  His caution has hit home with a few city council members.  At a council committee on Thursday night, those members voted against the idea.  But it passed anyway and will be voted on by the full council next week. 
 
Kabat says the $250 thousand will be used to make some redesigns, those will be submitted to the DOT and then the agency will determine if current plans will be changed.  Kabat cautions that, even if the DOT does accept the redesign, any additional costs will be incurred by the city.   If it costs less, he jokes, it's also unlikely the state agency will refund the difference. 
 
There are some changes the city wants that the DOT will consider in a new plan.  Among those are moving some lanes over to open up more green space by the Black River.  The agency has given a definitive 'no,' on the other hand, to several other changes the city has proposed.  One of those would be slowing Rose Street to 30 mph. 
 

 

Kabat believes the city and the DOT have a difference of philosophy about Rose Street.  He says the state agency seems to see the four lane as only a quick and effective way to get traffic in and out of La Crosse.  He sees Rose as a city street that is also the only entrance off the interstate for La Crosse.  A street that is key for development and improvement of the northside.    

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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

New Campbell chief eager to move department forward

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Public relations will be 'job number 1' for Campbell's new police chief.  Drew Gavrilos is ready to get into the community and reassure people in the town of Campbell that they can have confidence in the police.  

Gavrilos says he's eager to show people in the town that he can move the police department forward.  Gavrilos adds that he's enthused with what he believes are some really good ideas for the department, a great staff to work with and the support of the town board.  

Gavrilos' swearing-in was on Thursday.  It ends a 14-month period where Campbell did not have a full-time chief, because of an ethics investigation of former chief Tim Kelemen.

 

 

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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

Farm owners inspired to protect land permanently

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A family in Western Wisconsin has essentially exercised the anti-mine option. After getting inspired by another farm nearby getting permanently protected from development by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy in La Crosse, the Drangstveit family in Blair has formally entered a voluntary conservation agreement with the organization to do the same with their 120 acre farm.

The farm is surrounded by frac sand mining activity and is in a county with the highest concentration of frac sand mining permits in the country. Partly why the Drangstveit's wanted to conserve the farm permanently. But also to give refuge to many of the migratory songbirds and other wildlife that may get displaced by all of the mining.

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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

Truck towing camper engulfed in flames

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Imagine the surprise of a couple of young guys in Vernon county when the truck they were driving in caught fire. Police say neither of the 21 year-olds in the truck were hurt when apparently their little truck caught fire in the Town of Kickapoo on Wednesday. The truck became fully engulfed in flames, leaving just a burnt shell of a truck behind. Surprisingly, there appears to be very little damage to the camper they were towing behind the truck at the time.

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Higher income limits for voucher school students a bad idea

21 July 2017

The state of Wisconsin doesn't have an unlimited amount of money to spend. We see that with the billion dollar hole in the state's transportation budget our lawmakers can't fire...

Bob Barker took a day off for Bill Clinton, 25 years ago

Sunday, 23 July 2017

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