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Presidential and vice-presidential candidates have made La Crosse a frequent last-minute campaign destination in recent years...
Both Presidents Bush...John Kerry...Dick Cheney...and Joe Lieberman all have stopped in La Crosse in the last week before a presidential election. And you can add Paul Ryan to that list. The V-P hopeful from Janesville drops in on local Republican volunteers today at the La Crosse County GOP office on Copeland Avenue. Ryan's official mission is to thank area volunteers for helping organize storm relief for East Coast residents.
Power is out in downtown La Crosse...shutting down traffic lights.
About 21-hundred customers of Xcel Energy are affected. Xcel says some electric feeders have failed. The outage began at 4:23 p.m.
A paddlewheeler visit to La Crosse this afternoon has been cancelled...
The Queen of the Mississippi won't be at Riverside Park today, because of mechanical difficulties. Only a couple more stops by the big riverboats are planned in La Crosse this fall. The next one is scheduled for this Saturday, by the American Queen.
Western Technical College is planning new uses for two properties on the south side of La Crosse...
An old greenhouse near the marsh will be demolished to make room for energy-efficient houses...and a new greenhouse will be built at the old Ivy Motel site on 7th Street. The two projects are part of the Western Tech referendum on the ballot next week, but college president Lee Rasch says funding will be found for the project even if the referendum is defeated. Mayo Clinic and the Hillview Urban Agriculture Center are helping fund the new greenhouse, where they'll be able to grow food and plants for the Franciscan hospital.