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Wisconsin Sen. Johnson calls for immigration reform, addresses Foxconn hurdles

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Wisconsin Sen. Johnson calls for immigration reform, addresses Foxconn hurdles

Republican says he hasn't seen a manufacturing plant that can hire enough workers 

La Crosse man charged for stealing 2 bikes worth $14,000 during Hixon's Epic race

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
La Crosse man charged for stealing 2 bikes worth $14,000 during Hixon's Epic race

Said another guy threw stolen bike into river 

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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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

Record honored for arts patronage

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The former general manager of this radio station is being honored for supporting the arts. This weekend, the 'Ashley for the Arts' festival in Arcadia will honor Midwest Family's Dick Record for supporting regional artists over the years. Record is the first recipient of Ashley's 'Patron of the Arts' award, which will be presented tomorrow night before the Frankie Valli concert at Arcadia's Memorial Park. Record came to La Crosse in the early 70's to run WIZM Radio. Under his management, Midwest Family's presence in La Crosse has grown to include four FM radio stations and two AM's.

 

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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

Program touted as a triple win for health in La Crosse

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You might call it a 'junior career day' with young kids from a La Crosse Boys and Girls Club learning about what doctors and nurses do. Members of the Mathy Club at Viterbo University on Wednesday also got information about healthy habits, while doing activities with local medical students.

Dr. Erik Gundersen of La Crosse wanted to bring the 'Healthy You' program to town, after seeing how it worked in other Wisconsin communities.  He says the program is a "win, win, win."  Good for the kids at the club to learn healthy habits and get some additional medical attention.  Good for the medical students to get involved in community health efforts.   Finally, good for medical providers to be more involved in education. 

 

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation sponsors the program, in which med students lead children in physical activity, and show them how to make healthy tacos.

 

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A comment by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker relating to raising the retirement age for Social Security has raised some eyebrows this week. In an offhand way, Walker suggested an increase in the retirement age might be one of the things to look at in terms of securing the long term health of the federal entitlement program.
 
But Wisconsin state director of the AARP, Sam Wilson says he'll wait for complete plans from Walker and all the other presidential candidates before deciding if any of those plans have merit.  He says, for the next 20 years, the Social Security trust fund is on solid footing.  But long term plans need to be made.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wilson says the best plans for Social Security are the ones that are comprehensive in scope and start to deal with changes to that program now.
 
Walker's comments on Social Security came during a republican presidential candidate forum this week in New Hampshire. 

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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

Council member opposes mayor pay hike

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Some resistance to the idea of raising the La Crosse mayor's pay by thousands of dollars. City council member James Cherf is among those who won't support increasing pay for the position from about $77 thousand to $85 thousand.
 
Cherf says the rationale that you need to bump the pay to attract the best and the brightest candidates is faulty. If you extend that argument, he says, then you could also argue that city council pay needs to be increased again to attract better candidates. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The increase in pay would only go into effect after the next mayoral election. It would be the second ten percent raise for the position in the last ten years.  The full city council votes on the pay increase next Thursday after a key committee approved the bump this week.
 
 
 

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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

Given the choice, city would still pick roundabout

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Just say 'no' to roundabouts. New legislation in Madison would allow cities and towns in Wisconsin to do just that: Tell the DOT 'no' when the agency plans a roundabout for the municipality.
 
La Crosse city council member Audrey Kader says it wouldn't have mattered to her for the roundabout planned in her district at Seventh and Cass. It will be perfect, she says, for that very dangerous intersection.  Despite what critics might say. She says there are often those who don't have an open mind towards improvements.  Just like when the roundabout was installed on Sand Lake Road in Onalaska.  Lots of naysayers then, too, says Kader.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Seventh and Cass roundabout is planned for construction in 2017 and will cost about $700 thousand. That's in addition to the $900 thousand in DOT money the city has spent to buy properties in the way of the new, rounder intersection.
 
 
 

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Thursday - August 6, 2015 12:00 am

Waterfront act would encourage development

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Senators like Baldwin approve

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Julia Belle Swain in La Crosse

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The 44-year-old boat getting major restoration

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Pedestrian bridge to open on northside

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Ribbon cutting at noon

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