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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

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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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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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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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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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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