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Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Friday, 18 August 2017
Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Van plowing into pedestrians killed at least 13, injured over 100 

Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

Friday, 18 August 2017
Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

The new plans for enlarging the La Crosse Center are getting good reviews from members of the city p...

La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

Friday, 18 August 2017
La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

This year, jail has seen 13 fights, almost 100 suicide threats 

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Sixty million dollars. That's the amount that we've been told it may cost to improve La Crosse's water treatment plant in order to comply with regulations limiting phosphorous that goes into the water.  That may be a little high.  But there won't be a complete picture until a consultant to be hired by the city gets through evaluating just what steps the plant needs to take.  The city's public works board this morning will consider contracting with a company from Sheboygan to do just that.  Cost of the contract: $72 thousand. 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Milwaukee's Reefer Ticket Model

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Who knew La Crosse was on the cutting edge?  Milwaukee became just the latest city in the state to decriminalize small amounts of pot possession this month.  La Crosse made a similar move four years ago.  Which is exactly the direction the state should be going, says Molly Collins with the Wisconsin ACLU.  She says, after 40 years of a failed drug war, it's time to take a different approach.  Milwaukee's new law decriminalizes all pot possession under 25 grams.  In La Crosse, police only have the option to write a ticket instead of arresting someone possessing pot and the amount is signigicantly lower; just 7 grams. 
 

 

 

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There was a push for a city administrator in La Crosse that lasted only a few months.  But the duties of that position are still getting done.  By someone that's probably a little underpaid, reasons city council member, Doug Happel: the mayor.   Which is basically why Happel wants to increase the pay for the mayor's position.  He says he's not definitely not pushing to have a city administrator, but the mayor acts as if he's doing that job.

 

Happel wants to boost the mayor's pay to 80 thousand dollars.  That increase would only go into effect after the next election and the earliest the city council will vote on the increase would be in August.  Current mayor Tim Kabat opposes the increase.  

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Champion Winona Coach Quits

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In a surprise announcement , Mike Leaf has resigned as Winona State University’s head men’s basketball coach, effective June 30th. The announcement was made by Athletic Director Eric Schoh.

 

Leaf has spent 27 seasons with the Warriors’ basketball program, the last 16 as head coach. Leaf guided the Warriors to the 2006 and 2008 NCAA Division II National Championships, setting an NCAA Division II record with 57 consecutive wins over a span that reached from January 13th, 2006 to March 22nd, 2007. The Warriors’ 38 wins during the 2007-08 season are a record for any division of NCAA basketball.

In a public statement, Leaf said: he has enjoyed his coaching career at WSU, but it’s time for him to move on.  Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Zach Malvik will take over management  of the team until a national search can be conducted.

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Oil Industry Rep: Get Used to Oil Trains

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Oil industry lobbyists meeting with community leaders in La Crosse today.  Erin Roth, from the American Petroleum Institute, will address issues like rail safety in meetings with various groups.  Roth says the industry recognizes that locals have plenty of concerns about oil rail shipments.  But there's ploblems about expecting quick fixes.. He says oil shipments on rail will continue for the foreseeable future.

Roth says the oil industry fully supports improving the quality of both rail cars and rail infrastructure to deal with increased oil rail shipments. 

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Local Pols; Gay Ruling a Winner

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La Crosse lawmakers are speaking out on the Supreme Court decision supporting gay marriage.  Congressman Ron Kind calls the ruling a step forward for fairness and equality for same-sex couples.  State Senator Jennifer Shilling says communities are strengthened when all couples have equal rights.  Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, approved in a 2006 constitutional amendment, was overturned by a court ruling late last year.

 

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

New Parking Ramp Employees Possibly on the Way

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The city of La Crosse could add more employees in the future...to take care of the downtown parking ramps.  Parking utility board members have suggested that the utility should have its own workers to maintain and police the ramps, instead of relying on police or public works employees.  Police Sergeant Drew Gavrilos sits on the committee, and says the officers who write parking tickets have to cover the entire downtown, and don't have much time to patrol the ramps.  Gavrilos says it's hard for the officers to tell who has reserved spaces in the ramps and who does not. 

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Chief Negotiations Continue in Campbell

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Sounds like the long process of finding a new police chief for the town of Campbell may end soon.  The town board has been negotiating with  chief candidate Drew Gavrilos for two weeks now, and town clerk Chad Hawkins says that he is expected to reply to the offer today.  Campbell has been without a full-time police chief on duty since June of last year, when Chief Tim Kelemen was placed on leave for using the internet to harass a political demonstrator.

 

 

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One deer.  An enclosed farm in Eau Claire county where the deer lived its entire life.  Apparently the only deer on the farm to get sick and die from chronic wasting disease in an area of the state where the disease has never been found. Yes, says Raechelle Cline from state's department of Agriculture, it is a bit of a mystery.  She says the department has no theories right now about how CWD got onto the property but has started an indepth investigation.  The farm has been quarantined and deer can't be removed from the farm unless they're being taken to slaughter.  

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Soberfest Surges

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Didn't start big.   But Soberfest has grown.  The one day celebration at First Free Church in Onalaska tomorrow will draw thousands for music and fireworks where the first one just a few years ago had just several hundred people attending.  The reason for the rapid growth?  Family pastor at First Free Church, Joe Rigelskythinks it's because the event is a community outreach that hits a niche market not many are talking about.   Brat Pack Radio headlines the entertainment at Soberfest which bills itself as a safe, family-friendly, alcohol-free alternative to other festivals.

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Illinois could benefit from Foxconn without the risk

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The states of Wisconsin and Illinois may be neighbors, but not always friendly neighbors. Soon after taking office, Governor Walker ratcheted up the rhetoric when he posted a sign along...

Radio, movies, music that were popular 53 years ago

Friday, 18 August 2017

In 1964, local radio stations broadcast lots of high school sports. WKTY in La Crosse was broadcasting the WIAA basketball playoffs at all four levels, from regional to state. In...

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