Part of Onalaska's waterfront revitalization became a reality this year, when Highway 35 was rebuilt...
Now, what about other parts of the plan, like a new cultural center? Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen is confident that the building can be completed next year, as scheduled. Trouble is, there have been some disputes about the building's design, and about state requirements, such as an elevator. Instead of cancelling the building proposal, the city council recently approved a committee change so it can monitor the project more closely.
They served 25-hundred dinners for Thanksgiving at the La Crosse Center yesterday...
Now, the organizers of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner continue looking for money to pay for the 25-thousand dollar event. Organization president Ruth McQuiston-Keil says the dinner does not get City Hall funding, but is financed completely through private donations. Funding was about 10-thousand dollars under the goal just before this week's dinner. But Ruth says donations made after the dinner always bring fund-raising up to the goal.
La Crosse Mayor Matt Harter says he won't run for a second term. Harter says he's enjoyed his time in office and accomplished some of what he'd wanted to do, but is ready to go back to a "normal" job. Harter will not rule out another run for office in the future and says he will not endorse a candidate in the upcoming mayoral race.