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La Crosse will likely be in on the financing of a study to determine whether moving an interstate exit is a good idea. A city council committee has signed off on putting in ten thousand dollars towards the fifty thousand dollar study to consider alternatives for interstate exit 3. The DOT is planning work on the exit and some have questioned whether that might be an opportunity to move the exit in order to create opportunities for development and remove some northside homes from the floodlplain. La Crosse county, the city of Onalaska and the La Crosse Area Planning Committee would also help fund the study.
The head of a new Wisconsin state department sees areas of improvement in his own agency. Dave Ross is the secretary of the newly formed department of Safety and Professional Services. He recognizes that his agency can significantly improve on investigating professional license holders
Ross's agency was formed this summer when the state's Commerce department was dismantled. His department recently dealt with the discipline of UW system doctors who handed out bogus sick notes for teachers attending protests in Madison.
A decision to snub a federal law could come back to bite Wisconsin. The Walker administration has ended work on a state health insurance exchange as mandated by a federal health care overhaul. From the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, Pete Dougherty worries that the move could mean the feds eventually take over establishing the health exchange if the Supreme Court upholds the law
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the controversial law, the state will have just a few months to establish an exchange.
Just before 1, today an Onalaska resident getting his mail noticed three suspicious people walking along the tree line near his home in the Oak Park addition. When the resident asked the three men what they were doing they ran toward a vehicle. The vehicle, a 1996 maroon Dodge Intrepid, had Kansas license plates 409 ECC.
The three men, two white and one black, may be linked to a forced entry burglary that occurred on Birch Street earlier today.
The Onalaska Police Department is telling residents to not approach these men and is asking that anyone seeing the vehicle to contact Dispatch. Anyone noticing suspicious activity in their neighborhood is advised to contact the Onalaska Police Department immediately.
A new 'person of interest' was scheduled to be interviewed this past fall about a cold-case murder in La Crosse County...
Sheriff's Captain Kurt Papenfuss says an interview has been done, and a DNA sample could be obtained to see if the man is connected to Terry Dolowy's death. But they're not much closer to charging anyone with the 1985 murder of Dolowy. Her headless body was found burning in a ditch, and DNA was taken from her remains a few years ago. Papenfuss tells us that in order to bring a new perspective to the case, an investigator in the D-A's office is reviewing the files on Dolowy's death.