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No drones yet for La Crosse police dept

Wednesday, 26 July 2017
No drones yet for La Crosse police dept

Madison and 18 other public safety agencies use tech. in Wisconsin. 

Ethics complaint against Campbell chairman under investigation

Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Ethics complaint against Campbell chairman under investigation

Focus of complaint is secret while under investigation. 

SOUP reboot raises nearly $2,000 for kids out of foster care

Wednesday, 26 July 2017
SOUP reboot raises nearly $2,000 for kids out of foster care

Crowdfunding group back with new ideas.

City government position could move from elected to appointed position

Tuesday, 25 July 2017
City government position could move from elected to appointed position

Lehrke has been the city's clerk for 24 years, after winning her seventh election.

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Monday - June 15, 2015 12:00 am

Local GOP Head Disagrees Bucks Deal Hurts Walker

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A possible political liability, some analysts are saying, about governor Walker's decision to push a taxpayer-funded Milwaukee Bucks arena deal. Something that could haunt him on the presidential campaign trail.  La Crosse county republican party chair Bill Feehan doesn't buy it.  He says voters around the nation will have much more important issues on which to evaluate Walker than whether the governor brokered a deal for an NBA franchise.  Feehan agrees with Walker's evaluation that it would be cheaper to fund a stadium for the Bucks than lose the team--and the tax revenue it generates--to another state.  

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Monday - June 15, 2015 12:00 am

Brennan Predicts Slower Shipping Season

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Maybe a little less barge traffic on the Mississippi this year.  La Crosse-based Brennan Marine predicts that for the 2015 shipping season.  The company says barge demand is flattening.  In part because farmers are storing grain at harvest rather than ship it all out at once.  Grain and cement are expected again to be the two biggest cargoes at the port of La Crosse.  And the possibility of frac sand going through the port appears to have diminished greatly with the drop in the price of crude oil. 

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A stubborn city hall may mean no money at all. That's the concern of North La Crosse Business Association president Nick Roush, worried that, by La Crosse city hall playing hardball with the DOT on plans for reconstruction of Rose street, the city may lose all state funding for beautification of the area

 

 

 

Many in city hall want to make 11th hour changes to DOT plans for Rose, saying those plans don't match up with the city's long term transportation vision for La Crosse. The city council votes on the DOT agreement tonight.

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Thursday - June 11, 2015 12:00 am

Mayor: Rail Disaster Training Needed in La Crosse

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La Crosse County First Responders, members of the city of La Crosse, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and other state emergency officials have gathered in Onalaska for a two day conference on train derailments.
 
La Crosse Mayor, Tim Kabat says training of this magnitude is needed in La Crosse......labeled a high risk area for a train derailment.
 
 
 
One training exercise focused on an area of the city that presents some problems, the tracks just south of the Mormon Coulee overpass. Day one prepared local agencies to respond to a rail emergency situation and day two will focus on recovery.

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Thursday - June 11, 2015 12:00 am

Logan Softball Puts Stellar Season on the Line

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It has a 26-and-1 record heading into the Division 2, WIAA state tournament. That one loss for the Logan High School softball team? It came 1-0 to Stevens Point in early May. And now that his Rangers are at state, coach Matt Marohl wouldn't mind being undefeated.  But the team has learned plenty from that one loss and he'll accept it if it helps them win state.  
 
 
 
 
Logan has been ranked number one all season. At 8 p.m. tonight in Madison, the Rangers open with a 25-and-5 New London team that was the runner-up at state last year and won it all two seasons ago.

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Thursday - June 11, 2015 12:00 am

Driver Cut From Car After Swerving to Miss Deer

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Brake. Don't swerve. That's what they tell you about running into deer on the road. Many don't. Like the 47 year-old Viroqua area woman who swerved to miss a deer yesterday on highway 82 in Vernon county. She overcorrected, rolled her car but was trapped inside. Firefighters had to cut the woman out of her car. Whe was taken to the hospital. Cops are still investigating.

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Wednesday - June 10, 2015 12:00 am

So Far, No Applicants for Council Seat

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The city clerk is still waiting for applications, for a vacant seat on the La Crosse City Council. Katherine Svitavsky recently moved out of La Crosse, leaving the 5th district seat for the university area open. Clerk Teri Lehrke has received a couple of calls asking about the opening, but no one has filed paperwork yet. The deadline for applications is 5 p-m on June 22nd. Whoever is appointed to the seat would serve until a special election next April.

 

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Wednesday - June 10, 2015 12:00 am

Campbell Chief Selection Could Come Tonight

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Campbell's town board could vote tonight to end a year-long drought without a full-time police chief on duty. It was a year ago this week that former chief Tim Kelemen was placed on leave for using the internet to harass a critic of the town government. Kelemen was off the job for five months before leaving his post in November. This evening, the board will interview a second candidate for chief, Brian Puent (pent). Drew Gavrilos met with the board last week, but supervisors also wanted to hear from Puent before making a final decision.

 

 

 

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Wednesday - June 10, 2015 12:00 am

Jail Mental Health Needs Being Met

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A decade ago, La Crosse County law enforcement was disturbed by a pair of suicides within the jail. They wondered whether enough was being done to help inmates who might be mentally ill. Conditions are much better at the jail now, according to jail therapist Steve Josephson.

 

Josephson says the jail is not a 'torture chamber' for prisoners who have emotional problems. He credits the La Crosse jail with having a good staff who can respond to medical needs.

 

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Wednesday - June 10, 2015 12:00 am

Big Dollar Development at Center of Town, City Debate

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At stake with a vote this week by the La Crosse city hall: 12 million dollars of development just outside city limits in the town of Shelby. The city council can deny the development. Obviously with that in mind, the Shelby town board has agreed in principle on an agreement to help pay for city services. But the planned development is worth it for the town. And the La Crosse school district, says Shelby town chair, Tim Candahl.  He says the tax revenue from the development will less the tax burden throughout the area. 

 

 

 

The state gives cities like La Crosse zoning jurisdiction over areas within three miles of city limits. Just like the planned Willow Heights subdivision in Shelby.

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Higher income limits for voucher school students a bad idea

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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...

How far along was the interstate...52 years ago?

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

In the summer of 1965, Wisconsin lawmakers were working on ways to fund highway projects through bonds, instead of having to impose user fees. Interstate 90 was still a few...

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