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Fifteen-cent raise on tap in 2018 for MN minimum wage earners

Thursday, 17 August 2017
Fifteen-cent raise on tap in 2018 for MN minimum wage earners

First inflation adjustment to state minimum.

La Crosse police: Video shows police-involved shooting

Thursday, 17 August 2017
La Crosse police: Video shows police-involved shooting

54-year-old La Crosse man was shot and killed by two officers 

Veterans get expanded college assistance under new GI Bill

Thursday, 17 August 2017
Veterans get expanded college assistance under new GI Bill

Total government spending expected to be more than $100 billion over 10 years

Republican leaders dance around Trump remarks

Thursday, 17 August 2017
Republican leaders dance around Trump remarks

“You got racism ... on both sides,” a former GOP chair said. “Trump has zero fault here. None.”

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Another big donation to fix school vandalism

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First it was a retired Army soldier donating money for a reward. Now we have learned that Kujak Orthodontics in Onalaska has donated quite a bit of money to Northern Hills Elementary after the school was vandalized a few weeks ago. The $4500 will help cover the cost of the damage to the second floor of the school's new addition.
 
Superintendent Fran Finco says that donation coupled with other donations will be allow staff to clean up the damage before school starts in a few weeks.
 

 

A $500 reward is still available to who ever turns in the perp or perps that spray painted walls, floors and windows in the school. Contact the Onalaska Police department if you have any information.

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A couple of non-public school students will play football this fall at La Crosse Logan. Results of a new state law that says home-schooled students can now take part in activities and athletics in public schools . Logan Athletic Director, Steve Hole says he had to first insure that the students were attending a home school that was registered with the state and then a letter from the parents of the students, assuring the district that the kids were, "academically up to speed."  
 
 But school boards do not have the right to find out if what the parents said about their students is true or not says Dave Anderson, who heads the WIAA, which regulates athletic competition among school districts in the state.  That is also part of state law.  He says, eventually some sort of monitoring will likely be put into place to insure students are achieving what parents say they are. 

 

Anderson says Wisconsin isn't re-inventing the wheel with the new rule; nearly half the states have something similar in place.  

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Onalaska mayor floats idea of city administrator

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Onalaska will be voting again for a mayor next year and the current mayor thinks it's time for the city to ponder whether an administrator would be better.  Joe Chilsen admits that maybe he's thinking himself out of a job.  But he feels the idea should be examined by the Onalaska city council.  Chilsen says having a city administrator has positives and negatives and the council should at least have the opportunity to discuss the idea.

Part of Chilsen's reasoning is that electing a mayor opens the risk of changing the city's CEO every four to eight years...instead of having a more permanent administrator.  Chilsen says he hasn't decided yet whether to seek a second term as mayor.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Mayor could veto raise if it passes

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How strongly La Crosse mayor Tim Kabat feels about his opposition to a pay hike for his job could determine whether he uses his veto pen for the first time.  Kabat says he's still trying to figure out whether he'll veto council action if a pay raise for the office is approved.  He says the compensation is in line with other cities and the job is far more than just a paycheck, anyway. 

"You're going into that position for a lot more than the pay," says Kabat. "You sign up for that job for the much more intrinsic values that the position offers." 

 

The full council votes on the mayor pay raise on Thursday.  A ten percent raise to $85 thousand would go into effect after the next mayoral election.    

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In Madison today, a hearing on legislation that has suddenly become much more likely to pass.  It's a bill that would ban experiments using post-abortion fetal tissue.  Lead sponsor of the legislation, republican state rep Andre Jacque, acknowledges his efforts stand better chances now on the heels of several sting videos of the Planned Parenthood organization.  Jacques says the images are more compelling than simply the words in a piece of legislation. 

 

Jacque calls Wisconsin the wild west when it comes to fetal remains because no state laws currently determine what can or can't be done with fetal tissue.   

Meanwhile, researchers warn that medical breakthroughs for diseases like Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's may be hampered if the bill passes.  

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Want to make the north entrance into La Crosse a little nicer?  Landlord Rick Hamilton says forget funding a study to improve the DOT's plans for Rose Street.  Fix the northside's floodplain issues instead. 
 
Don't even need a new study to accomplish that, says Hamilton.  He tells us there's already one that's been on the shelf since 1988 when it was completed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Take it off the shelf, he says, dust it off, do some updates and get to work getting homes out of the floodplain.  
 
 Hamilton is highly critical of the city proposal to fund a redesign plan for Rose street that will cost $250 thousand, but the DOT could reject anyway.  The full city council votes on that proposal Thursday night.  

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Crossings to close for BNSF track work

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Burlington Northern track work will shut down a couple of rail crossings in La Crosse this week, starting with one today.  City hall says The Cass Street crossing will shut down today while crews install a second set of tracks.  The city says the work should be done by tomorrow night.   Burlington Northern moves on to the Main Street crossing on Thursday.  That should be done by Friday.  The company apparently is ahead of schedule in stretching a second set of tracks to its northside yard.  

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Tuesday - August 11, 2015 12:00 am

Houston murder has roots in La Crosse

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A horrific murder in Houston, Texas has some back story in La Crosse.  48 year-old David Conley is the man accused of killing eight people in a home in Houston on Saturday after breaking in.  The victims include Valerie and Dwayne Jackson and six of their kids.  They say Conley broke into the home through a window, handcuffed all eight victims and then shot them in the back of the head.  Seven years ago,  Valerie Jackson sought protection from the courts in La Crosse to keep the often violent Conley away from her. It was shortly after that Conley and Valerie Jackson were in court in a paternity suit in La Crosse.  Reports say Conley broke into the Houston home this weekend after Valerie Jackson changed the locks on the doors.  

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Doyle swearing in today

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She's had four months since the election to prepare for her new job. Today, Gloria Doyle will be sworn in as the next judge for Branch 5 of La Crosse County circuit court. Doyle won a three-way contest to succeed retired judge Dale Pasell. Candice Tlustosch served as Branch 5 judge for the last five months, until the end of July. Doyle worked as the county's family court commissioner for many years before winning the judge race. Her inauguration is set for 3 pm.

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Monday - August 10, 2015 12:00 am

Changes apparent to Onalaska schools in two big projects

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A major remodel at Northern Hills Elementary as well as a renovation and addition at Irving Pertzsch Elementary, both in Onalaska, are moving along.
 
Soon enough, says Fran Finco with Onalaska Schools, Northern Hills Elementary will most likely look very different. And employees are liking what they are seeing.  He says teachers are excited by the design which creates school neighborhoods which creates some efficiencies and provides room for teachers to work with students in the classrooms and hallways, too. 
 
Irving Pertzsch is adding on a new, bigger gymnasium and converting the current gym into three new classrooms. These projects are the result of the $16 million referendum Onalaska voters passed in February. Both projects are still ongoing even as the new school year creeps closer.

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WEDC to watch our tax dollars in Foxconn deal, but who is watching WEDC?

17 August 2017

It is potentially the biggest deal in the state of Wisconsin's history. Lawmakers are trying to formalize a $3 billion incentive package to lure Foxconn, and its promise of 10,000...

Mr. Burke became a Father, 42 years ago

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Raymond Burke returned home to La Crosse in the summer of 1975, just after being ordained as a priest in Rome by Pope Paul VI. Father Burke was 27 years...

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