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$3 billion for Foxconn flies through Wisconsin Legislature, while state budget long overdue

Monday, 21 August 2017
$3 billion for Foxconn flies through Wisconsin Legislature, while state budget long overdue

Unknown funding will cause multiple problems for public schools 

Wisconsin income gap widening between top 1%, everyone else

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Wisconsin income gap widening between top 1%, everyone else

Income of top 1% has increased 130% since 1979, as compared to 9% for everyone else 

Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Warnings Out About Escaped Inmates

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Two inmates have escaped from jail just south of Des Moines, Iowa, and officials say they should be considered dangerous.

26 years old Frank Manders and 29 year old Darian Crayton escaped from the Warren County Jail at 4 a.m. this morning by manipulating a locking mechanism. They left the holding area through a stairway.

Manders was in custody on vehicular homicide charges. Crayton was in custody for driving while barred.

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Best of Survey Nominating Begins

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First day for nominating in the Best of La Crosse county survey. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is back with the poll to determine who or what is the best in the county in numerous categories. This year, the poll has categories for areas just outside of the county and the numbers of categories have increased significantly overall. Nominations in all categories will be accepted until the 22nd of this month.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Onalaska Petitioners Seek Traffic Calming

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People living near the Coulee Golf Bowl in Onalaska hope City Hall will take action to make traffic safer in their neighborhood. More than 30 persons have signed a petition for traffic calming on Evenson Drive, north of the golf course. According to the petition, drivers are speeding on a street where many children live, and homeowners would like some change made to the street to slow the cars down. The city says it examined traffic on Evenson Drive, and found that there were no accidents on that street during a three-month study period.

 

 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Two Accused in Tomah Stabbing Set for Trials

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The two men charged with a stabbing death in a Tomah motel are pleading 'not guilty.' Trials will be scheduled soon for Zachary Davis and Sebastian Martinez. They're suspected of killing Derek Magnuson earlier this year, after a fight at a motel. Davis and Martinez are suspected of committing crimes in other states after that murder, and they were arrested in Tennessee after reportedly using a credit card belonging to Magnuson. They entered pleas on Friday before a Monroe County judge. Martinez has a pre-trial hearing at the end of this month. Davis will have a similar hearing in September.

 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Local High Schools Prep for State Track Meet

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The WIAA State Track and Field meet takes place this Friday and Saturday and the Holmen High School will be busy. The Vikings have athletes participating in 12 different events in the Division One portion of the meet, which is held at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Sports Complex. Leading the way for Holmen is Danielle Kohlwey, who will compete in both hurdles events and the long jump. At state last year, she came away with a second- and third-place finish in the hurdles races.
 
For the third consecutive year, Logan High School's Aric Elmore is headed to the WIAA State Track and Field Meet. This Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Sports Complex, Elmore will compete in the long jump and triple jump. Last year, he placed fourth and ninth in those events, respectively. Heading into his final state meet, the senior has the third-best qualifying marks in both jumps.

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A provision slipped into the state budget proposal by a Republican lawmaker last week would allow anyone with a bachelor's degree to be hired and licensed to teach sixth through 12th grade English, math, social studies or science in Wisconsin. And it has Onalaska Superintendent, Fran Finco a bit upset.

He says he has no clue what the goals of the legislation would be.....and would like someone to clarify that for him.  He also hopes that, at some point, rational people start making decisions on the future of schools. 

 

The teacher certification provision was approved as part of a package of K-12 budget items by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee last week. The state budget proposal is not final. It must be passed by both houses of the Legislature and signed by Governor Scott Walker.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Man Faces Charges After Weekend Bus Accident

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It was a wild Friday night for the Cashton Girls track and field team. First, the team finished third at the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet in Bangor and qualified four athletes for next weekend s WIAA state track and field meet. After stopping in Sparta to grab a bite to eat, the bus the team was rising in was hit by a drunk driver...............who then drove away from the crash.

The driver of the pickup, 48 year old Daniel Gordon of rural Sparta, failed to stop for a stop sign before driving into the intersection. Gordon, who then drove away, was found a short time later and arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, third offense, and Hit and Run causing injury. Sparta Police tell us that the impact caused one of the school bus passengers to strike their head on a window. The injured student was treated at the scene by EMS.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Man Could See Prison for Fatal Overdose

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Prison time is possible for a La Crosse man scheduled to be sentenced today for contributing to another person's drug death. Jered Hellerud is awaiting sentencing for delivering heroin to Robert Gordon of Trempealeau two summers ago. Gordon had taken other drugs along with the heroin from Hellerud just before he died, so investigators couldn't prove that his death was directly due to heroin. The drug transaction happened at a gas station on French Island. Hellerud's girlfriend is serving prison time for the heroin-related death of another Trempealeau County man.

 

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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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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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