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Access to Bliss road again about to be a problem in La Crosse. Burlington Northern will shut down the railroad crossing at Main Street on Monday for a few days in order to reconstruct the crossing. Traffic will still be able to get up the bluff at Bliss road, getting there by a Cass street detour. Bliss road, the city's only direct access to Grandad Bluff Park, was shut down for more than a year after a washout in 2010. The road reopened to traffic last fall. No word yet on why Burlington Northern waited until this spring to do the crossing work.
A quarter of a million dollar grant to help clean up part of an industrial property in La Crosse is a start. But that money isn't even close to the amount that could be needed to cover total cleanup costs for a site of future possible development. The city has landed 250 thousand in a DNR brownfields grant to help cleanup contaminated soil at the former Patros Steel Property. That's about half what would be needed for that 12-acre property between the Black River and Copeland avenue. But it's also a small portion of the millions that are estimated to be needed to deal with all of the contamination at what is commonly known as the Mobil Oil property. The city has been negotiating with Exxon Mobil for years to pay a portion of the clean-up at the site.
A shooting suspect from Madison has been rounded up in La Crosse. 29 year-old Robert Williams is considered the primary suspect of a shooting on the northside of Madison on May 2nd that left a man severely injured. Williams was nabbed by La Crosse cops during a traffic stop over the last week-end. He's been returned to Madison, but police say there are still looking for two others that may be involved in the same shooting. Police have not said why Williams may have been in La Crosse after the shooting.
Negotiations between Kwik Trip and the city of La Crosse over a planned expansion have yet to begin, but the convenience store giant is already making a push for a deal to get done. What's good for Kwik Trip, says spokesman Hans Zietlow, is good for the city
Kwik Trip is hoping to secure financing through a TIF district to help offset costs of a planned dairy production facility at the company's headquarters.
A dispute over who shot Sara Hougom...
Two men arrested this month for the March murder of Hougom appeared together in La Crosse County court today. One suspect, Kong Vue, told police that he shot the young woman in her apartment...but the other, Pao Vue, reportedly told people in the county jail that he was the shooter. A judge heard testimony today from La Crosse police, and from a man recently released from jail. That man, Lucas Brickl, says Pao Vue would watch TV stories in jail about Hougom's death and claim that he shot or killed her. The two defendants will be back in court on May 21st to enter 'not guilty' pleas.