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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.

Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Fundraiser Abruptly Cancelled Following Questions

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A big dollar political fundraiser scheduled for tonight in Madison, suddenly cancelled after serious ethical questions raised.

 

Jay Heck, from Wisconsin Common Cause, says the planned political fundraiser for republican state senator Roberta Darling was well beyond what should be considered acceptable from lawmakers. Darling co-chairs the very powerful Joint Finance Committee, which is in the last stages of putting the state's two year budget together. The fundraiser, cancelled just yesterday after word got out about lobbyists paying $500 a head to attend. Makes sense to Heck, who labeled the fundraiser "a special interest lobbyist shakedown." Heck says just scheduling the fundraiser shows politicians believe the lobbyist piggy bank is always open, no matter the ethical shortcomings of an event.

 

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Kader: Development Not Possible Without TIF

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37 million dollars of property that may not have been there without a special financing plan from the city of La Crosse. La Crosse city council finance committee chair Audrey Kader says it's a certainty that the development of the airport and next door industrial park would not have happened if a tax incremental financing district--commonly reffered to as a TIF--wouldn't have been put in place there nearly 30 years ago. That TIF will be retired by the city this summer. Meaning the 37 million that the industrial park is now worth will go on the tax rolls for the city, county and school district. And, the best part, says Kader; is that will mean a little bit of tax relief for all of those property taxpayers beginning next year.

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Change at the Top for Maligned Parking Board

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The committee that looks after La Crosse's city-run parking lots and ramps is looking for some guidance. The Parking Utility Board could consult with experts in the parking business to see if there's a better way to run the ramps. City Council president Dick Swantz has volunteered to chair the parking board for the next year, saying that the committee's goals are not well-defined:

 

Former parking chair Audrey Kader has been reassigned to a different council committee. Swantz identified major issues such as budgeting and staffing as concerns that the parking board needs to settle.

 

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Mard Gras Check to Aquinas

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Local Mardi Gras Rex Greg Curti and his wife and queen, Kathy, past royalty and members of the Mardi Gras Board, presented a $13 thousand check to the Aquinas Catholic Schools Wednesday morning.

 

The monies will go towards the Aquinas Campbell Theatre, Aquinas middle school scholarships and the Blessed Sacrament and Cathedral in La Crosse, and St. Patrick in Onalaska.

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

DNR Board Appointee Knows Cranberries

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A newly-appointed member of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has a Monroe County business connection. Dr. Frederick Prehn  is one of two new board members named this week by Governor Walker. Prehn is a dentist who lives in Wausau, but he also operates a family cranberry business, with a hundred-acre marsh located near Tomah.

 

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

UW-L Graduate Starts Drone Biz

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Drones seem to be spreading everywhere in the air...and you'll probably start seeing more of those small aircraft over farm fields. One recent graduate of U-W-La Crosse is in business with his cousin, using drones to scout farms. Zach Fiene  with D-M-Z Aerial says taking to the air is much faster than inspecting a field by foot:

 

Zach says a drone can cover 100 acres in just five to 10 minutes, and can hover low to the ground to get close-up images of crops.

 

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Investigators in Black River Falls are still trying to figure out why a car drove into a creek last week, killing the driver. City police have found that 63-year-old Paul Mickelson did not try to hit the brakes. A medical condition may have caused Mickelson to lose control, driving off a Black River street and landing on the bank of Town Creek. The car eventually rolled back into the creek and overturned onto its roof.

 

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

Bridge Renovation Leads to Donations

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The new path of the Winona Bridge required that MnDOT purchase properties on the route. Contractors have been demolishing the properties, including the Americ Inn Hotel. Project Manager Terry Ward says quite a bit of things were left behind once they sale went though.
 
 
 
Through Environmental Management Systems, a contractor working on the project, donations on behalf of MnDOT were made to Winona area non profit organizations. THey received donations of household furniture, fixtures, bedding and other items that were put to use to aid these organizations in Winona and elsewhere.
 
The $162 million project involves building a new bridge in Winona and repairing the existing historic bridge.

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

Alleged "School Hater" Responds

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Republican leaders in Minnesota are outraged that Governor Mark Dayton not only said they are trading the welfare of children for corporate tax breaks, but that Republicans hate public schools. State Rep. Greg Davids has demanded an apology from the governor.
 
 
 
Dayton said he will not apologize for the comments after lawmakers did not pass his top priority: statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Lawmakers are still waiting for the governor to call them into a special session to finish off the budget.

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

Designs Considered for La Crosse Center

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The La Crosse Center Board is leaning toward putting a new ballroom and a grand outdoor staircase at the northwest end of the building, close to the Radisson. Board members are reviewing a couple of major design changes to the 35-year-old arena, to make it more competitive with newer convention halls in the region. The board president, Brent Smith, says improvements to the west wall of the center would work better at the north end, even though that's farther away from the parking ramps:

 

The board hopes to get cost estimates for that makeover from a consultant at its June meeting. Smith thinks the city council could vote on Center changes by August or September.

 

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Higher income limits for voucher school students a bad idea

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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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