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La Crosse welcomes new paddleboat "America"

Wednesday, 23 August 2017
La Crosse welcomes new paddleboat "America"

New paddlewheeler one of 5 boats coming to La Crosse this summer

Trump blames media for condemnation of comments on Virginia

Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Trump blames media for condemnation of comments on Virginia

In comfort of fervent fans, Trump resurrects free-wheeling 2016 campaign style, pinging insults at p...

Wisconsin finance committee selling Senate on $3 billion for Foxconn

Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Wisconsin finance committee selling Senate on $3 billion for Foxconn

Many lawmakers expressed skepticism during meeting Tuesday 

Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Kader: Development Not Possible Without TIF

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37 million dollars of property that may not have been there without a special financing plan from the city of La Crosse. La Crosse city council finance committee chair Audrey Kader says it's a certainty that the development of the airport and next door industrial park would not have happened if a tax incremental financing district--commonly reffered to as a TIF--wouldn't have been put in place there nearly 30 years ago. That TIF will be retired by the city this summer. Meaning the 37 million that the industrial park is now worth will go on the tax rolls for the city, county and school district. And, the best part, says Kader; is that will mean a little bit of tax relief for all of those property taxpayers beginning next year.

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Change at the Top for Maligned Parking Board

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The committee that looks after La Crosse's city-run parking lots and ramps is looking for some guidance. The Parking Utility Board could consult with experts in the parking business to see if there's a better way to run the ramps. City Council president Dick Swantz has volunteered to chair the parking board for the next year, saying that the committee's goals are not well-defined:

 

Former parking chair Audrey Kader has been reassigned to a different council committee. Swantz identified major issues such as budgeting and staffing as concerns that the parking board needs to settle.

 

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015 7:00 pm

Mard Gras Check to Aquinas

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Local Mardi Gras Rex Greg Curti and his wife and queen, Kathy, past royalty and members of the Mardi Gras Board, presented a $13 thousand check to the Aquinas Catholic Schools Wednesday morning.

 

The monies will go towards the Aquinas Campbell Theatre, Aquinas middle school scholarships and the Blessed Sacrament and Cathedral in La Crosse, and St. Patrick in Onalaska.

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

DNR Board Appointee Knows Cranberries

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A newly-appointed member of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has a Monroe County business connection. Dr. Frederick Prehn  is one of two new board members named this week by Governor Walker. Prehn is a dentist who lives in Wausau, but he also operates a family cranberry business, with a hundred-acre marsh located near Tomah.

 

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

UW-L Graduate Starts Drone Biz

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Drones seem to be spreading everywhere in the air...and you'll probably start seeing more of those small aircraft over farm fields. One recent graduate of U-W-La Crosse is in business with his cousin, using drones to scout farms. Zach Fiene  with D-M-Z Aerial says taking to the air is much faster than inspecting a field by foot:

 

Zach says a drone can cover 100 acres in just five to 10 minutes, and can hover low to the ground to get close-up images of crops.

 

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Investigators in Black River Falls are still trying to figure out why a car drove into a creek last week, killing the driver. City police have found that 63-year-old Paul Mickelson did not try to hit the brakes. A medical condition may have caused Mickelson to lose control, driving off a Black River street and landing on the bank of Town Creek. The car eventually rolled back into the creek and overturned onto its roof.

 

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

Bridge Renovation Leads to Donations

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The new path of the Winona Bridge required that MnDOT purchase properties on the route. Contractors have been demolishing the properties, including the Americ Inn Hotel. Project Manager Terry Ward says quite a bit of things were left behind once they sale went though.
 
 
 
Through Environmental Management Systems, a contractor working on the project, donations on behalf of MnDOT were made to Winona area non profit organizations. THey received donations of household furniture, fixtures, bedding and other items that were put to use to aid these organizations in Winona and elsewhere.
 
The $162 million project involves building a new bridge in Winona and repairing the existing historic bridge.

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

Alleged "School Hater" Responds

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Republican leaders in Minnesota are outraged that Governor Mark Dayton not only said they are trading the welfare of children for corporate tax breaks, but that Republicans hate public schools. State Rep. Greg Davids has demanded an apology from the governor.
 
 
 
Dayton said he will not apologize for the comments after lawmakers did not pass his top priority: statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Lawmakers are still waiting for the governor to call them into a special session to finish off the budget.

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Tuesday - May 26, 2015 7:00 pm

Designs Considered for La Crosse Center

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The La Crosse Center Board is leaning toward putting a new ballroom and a grand outdoor staircase at the northwest end of the building, close to the Radisson. Board members are reviewing a couple of major design changes to the 35-year-old arena, to make it more competitive with newer convention halls in the region. The board president, Brent Smith, says improvements to the west wall of the center would work better at the north end, even though that's farther away from the parking ramps:

 

The board hopes to get cost estimates for that makeover from a consultant at its June meeting. Smith thinks the city council could vote on Center changes by August or September.

 

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Some uneasiness in communities around Wisconsin as lawmakers consider eliminating guards from prison watchtowers in an effort to save money. Leaders in some communities are worried about safety. Just a couple miles away from Jackson Correctional, Mayor of Black River Falls, Ron Danielson says he's not all that concerned

 

 

 

In all, 60 tower guard jobs in 10 prisons around the state would be eliminated if the budget proposal becomes law.

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Ryan needs to be accountable to constituents too

23 August 2017

Serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives is no doubt a difficult job. It can be hard to get lawmakers of divergent political views to come together...

The Eagles were national football champs, 25 years ago

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The UW-L football Eagles took the NCAA Div. III championship in the fall of 1992, seven years after becoming national champions in the NAIA. Coach Roger Harring won a "Coach...

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