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The emerald ash borer continues to spread north through the La Crosse area...
Yesterday, the Wisconsin Ag Department discovered the trapping of an adult ash borer at Trempealeau, in Perrot State Park. The tree-killing beetle has previously been found in La Crosse, Vernon, and Crawford County...and has reached 13 Wisconsin counties in all. State experts say some, but not all, ash trees will have to be removed from the park to prevent the ash borer from spreading.
AARP was hoping that social security and Medicare would have a more prominent role in discussions leading up to the presidential election. Consider it a hope fulfilled. With Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan getting picked as Mitt Romney's running mate, talk over the entitlement programs will be unavoidable, says Lisa Lamkins with Wisconsin AARP
Lamkins hopes the presidential candidates will take the time to give voters specifics about their plans for the futures of social security and medicare.
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.