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Two dead in Winona shooting incident

Monday, 24 July 2017
Two dead in Winona shooting incident

Police find bodies in house after gunfire

Groundbreaking date set for new Winona YMCA

Monday, 24 July 2017
Groundbreaking date set for new Winona YMCA

Group also has closing date on sale of current building. 

Increased parking assessment won't fix parking utility deficit

Monday, 24 July 2017
Increased parking assessment won't fix parking utility deficit

City aiming to collect on maybe $1 million in outstanding tickets. 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Two Accused in Tomah Stabbing Set for Trials

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The two men charged with a stabbing death in a Tomah motel are pleading 'not guilty.' Trials will be scheduled soon for Zachary Davis and Sebastian Martinez. They're suspected of killing Derek Magnuson earlier this year, after a fight at a motel. Davis and Martinez are suspected of committing crimes in other states after that murder, and they were arrested in Tennessee after reportedly using a credit card belonging to Magnuson. They entered pleas on Friday before a Monroe County judge. Martinez has a pre-trial hearing at the end of this month. Davis will have a similar hearing in September.

 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Local High Schools Prep for State Track Meet

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The WIAA State Track and Field meet takes place this Friday and Saturday and the Holmen High School will be busy. The Vikings have athletes participating in 12 different events in the Division One portion of the meet, which is held at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Sports Complex. Leading the way for Holmen is Danielle Kohlwey, who will compete in both hurdles events and the long jump. At state last year, she came away with a second- and third-place finish in the hurdles races.
 
For the third consecutive year, Logan High School's Aric Elmore is headed to the WIAA State Track and Field Meet. This Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Sports Complex, Elmore will compete in the long jump and triple jump. Last year, he placed fourth and ninth in those events, respectively. Heading into his final state meet, the senior has the third-best qualifying marks in both jumps.

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A provision slipped into the state budget proposal by a Republican lawmaker last week would allow anyone with a bachelor's degree to be hired and licensed to teach sixth through 12th grade English, math, social studies or science in Wisconsin. And it has Onalaska Superintendent, Fran Finco a bit upset.

He says he has no clue what the goals of the legislation would be.....and would like someone to clarify that for him.  He also hopes that, at some point, rational people start making decisions on the future of schools. 

 

The teacher certification provision was approved as part of a package of K-12 budget items by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee last week. The state budget proposal is not final. It must be passed by both houses of the Legislature and signed by Governor Scott Walker.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Man Faces Charges After Weekend Bus Accident

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It was a wild Friday night for the Cashton Girls track and field team. First, the team finished third at the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet in Bangor and qualified four athletes for next weekend s WIAA state track and field meet. After stopping in Sparta to grab a bite to eat, the bus the team was rising in was hit by a drunk driver...............who then drove away from the crash.

The driver of the pickup, 48 year old Daniel Gordon of rural Sparta, failed to stop for a stop sign before driving into the intersection. Gordon, who then drove away, was found a short time later and arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, third offense, and Hit and Run causing injury. Sparta Police tell us that the impact caused one of the school bus passengers to strike their head on a window. The injured student was treated at the scene by EMS.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Man Could See Prison for Fatal Overdose

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Prison time is possible for a La Crosse man scheduled to be sentenced today for contributing to another person's drug death. Jered Hellerud is awaiting sentencing for delivering heroin to Robert Gordon of Trempealeau two summers ago. Gordon had taken other drugs along with the heroin from Hellerud just before he died, so investigators couldn't prove that his death was directly due to heroin. The drug transaction happened at a gas station on French Island. Hellerud's girlfriend is serving prison time for the heroin-related death of another Trempealeau County man.

 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

New Library Next After Holmen Ribbon Cutting

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A few years ago, the Holmen village board decided to put up a new police station and library in separate buildings, at opposite ends of the same block. Village leaders had a ribbon cutting for the police headquarters on Saturday...and they hope to open the new library in 2016 or '17. The village president, Nancy Proctor, promises that the new 16-thousand square foot building will be more than just a library and will a community center to encourage more use by the public.  The building also will be the home office for the La Crosse County library system.

 

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Drug Investigator Looks at Meth Comeback

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Heroin may have gotten local headlines in the last five years, but meth never went away as a regional drug problem. In fact, some people who were locked up years ago for making meth are back in the business, according to Tom Johnson from the MEG drug task force of western Wisconsin.  He says they were locked up for a number of years but are back in the business. 

 

On the other hand, Johnson tells a La Crosse County drug committee that 'home cooking' of meth isn't as popular any more among some users. He says they prefer to buy meth that comes from 'superlabs' by way of the Twin Cities.

 

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Parking Agreement is Key to New Development

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A major student housing development in La Crosse hinges on parking. The city council will have to approve an exemption for the development from rules regarding the number of mandated parking spots for multi-family housing. But the five story Aguilera complex planned for 13th and Badger streets is likely worth that exemption, says interim city planner Amy Peterson who says the concept is good for the city and will draw students into quality housing around UWL

Peterson has recommended recommended issuing demolition permits for the project. The city council is likely to consider final approval of the project next month with the goal of having it finished by September of next year.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Questions Remain on Fate of Prevailing Wage

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Repeal it. Reform it. Hard to say exactly what will happen with Wisconsin's prevailing wage laws now in Madison. Republican lawmakers seem to be divided on the future of the law that mandates pay minimums for labor on public works projects. Leave it alone would be the preference of James Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls. He's testified against changes to prevailing wage, warning of the dangers of repeal and warns of shoddy workmanship on public construction projects if prevailing wage is repealed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An assembly committee last week voted to repeal prevailing wage, but republican leaders in Madison say they only have votes to attempt some reforms to the suddenly contentious law.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Advocacy Group Focuses on Fixed Charge

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A Wisconsin advocacy group will certainly intervene in the latest rate hike request made by Xcel energy. But the higher rates for electricity and natural gas will be less of a concern for the state's Citizens Utility Board than Xcel's request for a higher fixed charge for customers. If approved, electricity customers would pay 18 dollars before ever switching on a light
 
 
 
 
 
Kira Loehr heads the Citizens Utility Board she says that flat charge gives low income customers less control over their energy bills. Xcel says it wants to raise the fixed charge from the current eight dollars to help pay for infrastructure to bring electricity to your home.

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