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A lot of changes coming in the next few years to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. And Chancellor Joe Gow says, with some new buildings coming, they couldn't wait any longer.
The largest project coming is replacing a 1960s-era science hall. The project, costing $82 million, would be a new, four-story facility including teaching and research labs and associated support spaces. Gow anticipates hiring an architect in 2013 to start working on a final design. Construction for phase I would likely begin in 2015. The state-of-the-art facility replaces Cowley Hall.
La Crosse Gun Club trapshooting competitions at the La Crosse River marsh from 1932 to 1963 left behind lead shot, which sank into the muddy waters. A year ago, 4 professors from UW-L started looking into the lead that was left behind. The result?
Now, they have recieved a $60 thousand U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant which will help the researchers further investigate the lead in the river marsh and partner to educate the community about the marsh ecosystem.
What to do with the aging Lakeview Health Center in West Salem will be brought back to the La Crosse County Board next month. County Administrator, Steve O'Malley, says some outside help may be coming in.
He says they will stay in the health center business but want some solid direction as to whether they should build smaller buildings to replace the aging center.
A lot of money is pouring into Wisconsin for the upcoming senate race. The national Senate campaign committees plan to spend a combined $10 million on the race. UW-L Political Scientist, Joe Heim, says it’s another sign of how significant the Tommy Thompson-Tammy Baldwin contest could be, in determining whether Republicans can win the majority in that chamber in November.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said it was adding over $ 2.5 million to its pot, for a total of $5.2 million in support of Tammy Baldwin’s candidacy. The Republican campaign committee has committed $5 million to try and help Tommy Thompson win.
By this time next year, the Hollywood Theater in La Crosse could be back in business.
New owner Phil Addis is moving along with extensive repairs to the 76-year-old movie theater. Addis tells us his top priority now is to fix the badly damaged, leaking roof. Another priority...fund-raising. Addis has posted five different colored versions of a new Hollywood sign on line, and is asking people to donate money as they cast votes for their favorite choice. The 42-foot-high sign would resemble one that stood above the Hollywood when it opened in 1936.