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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

City to Consider Turning Park Into Home Lots

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La Crosse has dozens of parks. What's one less? The city's public works board will consider that question today. The board will weigh a proposal to decommission tiny Springbrook park on the city's far southside and turn it into lots for single family homes. Springbrook is one of about thirty so-called neighborhood parks that typically lack in amenities but mostly provide public green space for the surrounding neighbors.

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As the Salvation Army gears up for some serious sandwich maing for area kids this summer, they will do it under some watchful eyes.
 
La Crosse Police Officer, Lisa Barrix, who's on a Salvation Army Committee, says she sees the youngsters that are in need of a meal during the summer.  She says most people don't realize that, while many kids get breakfast and lunch at school during the academic year, they're pretty much on their own in the summer. 
 
She says the advisory board that she sits on works hand in hand with the Army.....and it's been a great working partnership says Barrix. 14 thousand lunches will be assembled and doled out this year.

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Thursday - May 28, 2015 7:00 pm

College Piles of Detritus Smaller in La Crosse

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Still a mess left behind by college students moving out in La Crosse in the last few weeks.

 

But not nearly as bad as it was before the city adopted new garbage rules a little more than a year ago. That's according to Gary Harter, owner of the city's garbage service. He says the loose garbage left behind in college neighborhoods has decreased significantly. Refuse and recycling manager in city hall, Brandon Shea agrees. He says the piles of junk are half what they were just two years ago. Both also agree that there's still a bunch of illegally dumped couches, beds and end tables on the curb. Shea tells us he's been nagging landlords to get that stuff cleaned away as quickly as possible. He says he'd prefer that approach than writing a $187 ticket for leaving a garbage mess.

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Thursday - May 28, 2015 12:00 am

Educator: Drug Messages in Music for Kids

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Exposure to DARE officers in school isn't going to be enough to dissuade many young people from trying drugs. More classroom instruction on drug hazards might be needed, according to a La Crosse school district educator. Jon Baudek tells the heroin task force of La Crosse County that he'd like to see more information in school about the dangers of heroin and meth. Not so helpful...parents attempting to scare kids about marijuana.  He says overemphasizing the dangers of marijuana rings hollows to kids who know better.

 

Baudek believes parents should pay more attention to the kind of music their children listen to, because so much of it includes references to drug use.

 

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Thursday - May 28, 2015 7:00 pm

Kabat Considering Multiple Parking Options

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Mayor Tim Kabat's not playing around with parking in La Crosse. The mayor has frequently expressed frustration with complications associated with operation of the city's parking ramps. A change in leadership on the city's parking utilty board appears to have stemmed from that frustration. As has the mayor's latest plan to hire someone to manage the city's entire parking system. And more might be coming.  Kabat says, at some point, he might consider privatizing management of the city's parking ramps.
 
 
 
Kabat says, pending on the condition of the city's operating budget, a new parking utility manager for the city could be coming next year.

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Brewers Great Speaks in La Crosse

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Former Milwaukee Brewer great, Stormin' Gorman Thomas threw out the first pitch at Thursday night's La Crosse Logger opener at Copeland Park. The former AL home run champ, American League All-Star and member of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, works for the Brewers in a capacity he tells us, he would never give up.

 

Thomas, who lives near Milwaukee, said it was honor for the Loggers to call him up to speak to a lunch time crowd and throw out the first pitch. As for Copeland Park, home of the Loggers, Thomas says it's one of the nicest facilities in the state.

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Thursday - May 28, 2015 7:00 pm

Holmen Police Department Opens Saturday

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Holmen's police department is 40 years old...and until now, the cops have never had a building just to themselves. That changes this weekend, with a Saturday ribbon cutting at the new police headquarters near Halfway Creek. The 10-thousand square foot police station is four times bigger than the area police occupy now at the Holmen village hall. The larger quarters will include more garage space for squad cars, plus larger training and evidence areas, and a lobby open 24-7. No jail cells, though. People arrested in Holmen will still be sent to the La Crosse County jail.

 

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Drawing Leads to District Lockdown

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A drawing found outside the home of a teacher led to extra precautions in the Tomah school district today. The drawing shows the outline of a large building that police and the school district is similar to the Tomah high school. Multiple exits of the building are marked and the word, 'sniper' is written on the drawing. All the schools in the district went into closed campus mode as a precaution after the drawing was turned into the police department. They're thinking the drawing might be in response to high school students learning about new armed intruder protocols last week. The district plans to return to normal tomorrow.

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

First Microgrant Awarded at La Crosse Soup

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They made some soup this week in La Crosse. La Crosse Soup. An event at the Root Note cafe in downtown La Crosse. People show up, pay five bucks, eat free soup and bread and weigh in on a few ideas about how to make the city better. The winning idea receives whatever gets collected at the door. Last night, organizer Andrew Londre tells us, exactly a hundred people showed up. So a five hundred dollar microgrant goes to Dan Christen, a guy who's installing a 'bike fixit station' in La Crosse. Londre hopes to continue the La Crosse Soup mini crowdfunding event every month.

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

WIAA Questions Plan for Home-Schooled Athletes

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Language added to the state budget last week by the legislature s Joint Finance Committee would require public schools to allow many private, virtual, charter and homeschooled students who live in their district to participate in their sports teams and other extracurricular activities.
 
WIAA Executive Director, Dave Anderson tells us he was shocked to learn this was brought up in the first place.
 
 
 
If it remains in the budget, Anderson says it could impact districts across the state, while also likely requiring the WIAA to change its rules for participation. Anderson also says it could also cause complications for some many rural districts, where the chance to compete in sports is the main attraction for staying at a high school, rather than exploring a virtual school curriculum.

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