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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 

Democrat ‘incredibly frustrated’ with leader over Foxconn

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Democrat ‘incredibly frustrated’ with leader over Foxconn

Barca plays both sides, criticizing process and supporting deal 

Public meeting on La Crosse's first "neighborhood greenway" this afternoon

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Public meeting on La Crosse's first "neighborhood greenway" this afternoon

Public can offer input/gather info on bike-focused street.

Solar eclipse hype for La Crosse likely to meet with rain

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Solar eclipse hype for La Crosse likely to meet with rain

Total solar eclipse in La Crosse area in 2099 

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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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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

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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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Parking Agreement is Key to New Development

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A major student housing development in La Crosse hinges on parking. The city council will have to approve an exemption for the development from rules regarding the number of mandated parking spots for multi-family housing. But the five story Aguilera complex planned for 13th and Badger streets is likely worth that exemption, says interim city planner Amy Peterson who says the concept is good for the city and will draw students into quality housing around UWL

Peterson has recommended recommended issuing demolition permits for the project. The city council is likely to consider final approval of the project next month with the goal of having it finished by September of next year.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Questions Remain on Fate of Prevailing Wage

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Repeal it. Reform it. Hard to say exactly what will happen with Wisconsin's prevailing wage laws now in Madison. Republican lawmakers seem to be divided on the future of the law that mandates pay minimums for labor on public works projects. Leave it alone would be the preference of James Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls. He's testified against changes to prevailing wage, warning of the dangers of repeal and warns of shoddy workmanship on public construction projects if prevailing wage is repealed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An assembly committee last week voted to repeal prevailing wage, but republican leaders in Madison say they only have votes to attempt some reforms to the suddenly contentious law.

 

 

 

 

 

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