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Why go to the usual places for lunch in La Crosse, when you can sit in Riverside Park and listen to good music?
The park department and the Valley View Rotary are working together to provide lunch-hour concerts called 'Noon Tunes' on Thursdays at the Riverside bandshell. City park director Steve Carlyon is hoping for a large turnout for the noon entertainment. The concerts will be free, and people attending will be encouraged to bring their own lunch from home or from downtown restaurants. Area musician Bill Miller will lead off the Noon Tunes programs on June 14th. With a few exceptions, the weekly concerts will continue every Thursday through Oktoberfest.
A new study shows that Wisconsin has the nation's eighth highest rate of wrongful criminal convictions but La Crosse County D.A., Tim Gruenke, has some issues with that report.
The Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University counted 21 Wisconsinites who were exonerated since 1989. The report said Wisconsin's wrongful convictions were 30 percent higher than the national average. Illinois had the most, with 101.
The Onalaska Plan Commission doesn't like it and neither does mayor Joe Chilsen. They are talking about the Badger Coulee transmission line that could go directly through the city. Chilsen says the main reason is easy.
The American Transmission Company has proposed several routes for the Badger Coulee line that would connect to the CapX2020 line substation near Briggs Road south of Holmen and cross the city of Onalaska heading east toward West Salem and the Interstate 90 corridor. The Commission recently approved a resolution to make their feelings public.
Even if people haven't used it in decades, lead paint can still pose a health hazard...
A La Crosse area construction company recently power-washed a church, removing lead paint from the steeple. But Krause Konstruction didn't follow the proper state rules for disposing of the paint...letting it fall to the street, and the grass around the church. The Coon Valley company had to remove the sod where the paint chips had fallen. Krause will pay a 10-thousand dollar fine to the state, and will have to educate its workers on the proper way to dispose of asbestos and lead.
Those 'you are here' signs that can guide you around a theme park or a shopping mall can now be found in downtown La Crosse.
City Hall and Downtown Mainstreet Incorporated have joined with others to post 'wayfinding' signs at six busy locations. A ribbon-cutting took place today on 4th Street, outside the Doerflinger building. The idea of wayfinding signs for La Crosse actually dates back to a City Vision 2000 study, conducted in the early 1990's.