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La Crosse F.D. pushing for sprinkler systems, despite state mandate confusion

Friday, 18 August 2017
La Crosse F.D. pushing for sprinkler systems, despite state mandate confusion

Mandates are stricter than state law, therefore unenforceable 

Billings, others express doubt about Foxconn deal, as it passes Assembly

Friday, 18 August 2017
Billings, others express doubt about Foxconn deal, as it passes Assembly

Two Republicans voted against, while three Dems near the plant's proposed site, voted for

Fifteen-cent raise on tap in 2018 for MN minimum wage earners

Thursday, 17 August 2017
Fifteen-cent raise on tap in 2018 for MN minimum wage earners

First inflation adjustment to state minimum.

La Crosse police: Video shows police-involved shooting

Thursday, 17 August 2017
La Crosse police: Video shows police-involved shooting

54-year-old La Crosse man was shot and killed by two officers 

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As long as there's been an agency to control pollution in Minnesota, there's been a people's group to watch what that agency is up to.  Both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and its Citizen's Board were formed at the same time nearly fifty years ago.  But the board has been dissolved by lawmakers.  Which likely means no oversight of the agency, says board member and Winona farmer, Jim Riddle who calls the change, "a bad day for transparency and a bad day for government." 

 

Republicans in St Paul had pushed for dumping the board, saying, among other things, it was no longer useful.  Last meeting for the board is on Tuesday.   

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Group Works Towards Embracing Construction Changes

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Don't complain about construction, embrace it.  That's essentially the message from La Crosse city hall and the Downtown Mainstreet group about downtown construction.  Together, they've launched a campaign to focus on the positives of construction.  "Great City, Growing Greater" is the message.  The campaign is largely focused towards downtown businesses.  But highlights the huge economic impact of the construction and how all of the building projects will positively transform the city.   

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

New Speed Limit Signs Posted

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Road crews in this area didn't take too long to post the new 70 mile an hour speed limit signs on I-90.  We're told that the higher limit was already posted by about 9 o'clock this morning between La Crosse and Tomah, and the increased limit was in effect as soon as the signs went up.  By the end of the week, it will be legal to drive 70 on about 800 miles of interstate in Wisconsin.  That leaves Oregon as the only state between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Michigan with an interstate speed limit lower than 70.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Tomah Standoff Ends With Surrender

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Police in Tomah have seized several firearms from the house of a man who was arrested after a standoff early today.  The Combined Tactical Unit of Monroe County responded to Alan Pisarek's house after getting information that Pisarek was drunk and armed.  He's a convicted felon.  Pisarek gave himself up after speaking on the phone with negotiators, and was taken to jail to face possible charges.  The arrest happened in the 14-hundred block of Butts Avenue in Tomah.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Bomb Squad Detonates Pipe Bomb in Sparta

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Sparta Police Chief David Kuderer said that over the weekend there were four separate incidents involving suspicious minor explosions in the city which likely were from fireworks, so didn't want to take any chances on what was found Monday morning. Kuderer said that around 8:00 a.m., a garbage man found a pipe bomb in front of a home on Julie Avenue. After notifying police, several homes near the device were evacuated as a precaution.A bomb squad robot shot the end of the device off so they could look inside the tube. Their investigation continues into the incident. No injuries were reported.

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Kind Says Trade Bill Comes With Benefits

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On Friday, Congressman Ron Kind voted to pass Trade Promotion Authority. Kind also voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance, which did not pass. KInd says both bills give our workers and businesses even more wind at their backs to do what they do best: imagine, invent, build, and sell goods made in America to the rest of the world.  

 

Kind says the passage of Trade Promotion Authority is simply the first step in the process that gives President Obama the same authority every President since Franklin Roosevelt, except for President Nixon, has enjoyed. The House of Representatives passed the authority bill but failed to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance.   Another vote may come this week.

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Accused Perpetrator Free to Teach Class

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A La Crosse man accused of sexually assaulting a minor has been released from jail...which means he'll be able to teach a class at U-W-L next week.  University chemistry professor Paul Miller was given a signature bond of 10-thousand dollars in court on Monday.  Miller is facing a second-degree assault charge.  A criminal complaint is expected tomorrow.  In order to avoid going back to jail, Miller has to avoid contact with anyone under 18, except for his own family.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Special Olympics Torch Relay Stop in La Crosse

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It was just two weeks ago when the annual Torch Run for the Wisconsin Special Olympics went through the La Crosse area.  Tonight, an even bigger torch relay in honor of Special Olympics will be celebrated at Copeland Park.  The Unified Relay Across America began just after Memorial Day, and is taking three separate routes through the U-S, according to local Special Olympics volunteer Kerry Gloede, all starting at various points to the east.

The Flame of Hope arrives at Logger Field for a ceremony at 6 p-m.  The three relays will end at Los Angeles in early July for the start of the Special Olympics World Games.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Wisconsin Planning for Expected Return of Bird Flu

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In Wisconsin, the state ag department is taking a pretty easy going approach to the summer season in dealing with this year's avian flu outbreak.  But winter's coming.  And so, they expect, will the flu.  Back to possibly take another shot at poultry farms and factories.  Wasn't bad in Wisconsin this spring, says state vet, Paul McGraw; just 10 farms affected out of a possible 19 thousand.  McGraw acknowledges that, while Minnesota had most of the nation's flu oubreak cases during the spring's northward wild bird migration, it could be Wisconsin's turn when migratory birds start to head south in the fall.  

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

New Rule Restricts City Hunting Bans

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Part of a budget bill for the Wisconsin DNR would also keep cities from banning bow hunting within city limits. 

 

 

The measure is buried in between one that gets rid of class B bear licenses and another that creates a funding source for a marsh education center.  it prohibits city ordinances that ban hunting with a bow or a crossbow.  While many cities will be affected, La Crosse is not.  Hunting is allowed on the hundreds of acres of lands annexed into the city that were originally acquired by the MVC.  Limited bow hunting is also allowed within the La Crosse River marsh.  

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WEDC to watch our tax dollars in Foxconn deal, but who is watching WEDC?

17 August 2017

It is potentially the biggest deal in the state of Wisconsin's history. Lawmakers are trying to formalize a $3 billion incentive package to lure Foxconn, and its promise of 10,000...

Mr. Burke became a Father, 42 years ago

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Raymond Burke returned home to La Crosse in the summer of 1975, just after being ordained as a priest in Rome by Pope Paul VI. Father Burke was 27 years...

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