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Gun bans for Iowa's courthouses, city halls and other civic buildings are being debated across the state.
The new state law that eases the way for Iowa residents to carry guns has led to the discussion by city councils and county boards.
Alamakee County supervisors already have passed a proposal to ban guns from county-owned buildings. Waterloo passed a city ban last week.
Iowa's new gun law took effect January 1st. It limits the discretion local sheriffs previously had in denying permits without explanation. Now, sheriffs may deny applications for specific reasons only.
Area veteran service representatives met last week during a summit at the Tomah VA to collaborate ideas — just a year into a 5 year plan to curb veteran homelessness.
There’s a lot to get done in the four remaining years to end veteran homelessness, but Cathy Routh, chief of social work services at the VA, is optimistic. There are around 300 homeless veterans on a nightly basis in western Wisconsin.
The Boys and Girls club of West Salem has found a news home. They will lease the former Hope Community Church on Hamilton Street.
Move in is already taking place and the opening date is scheduled for February 7th.
Someday, what was once known as the Mobil Oil site in La Crosse could be the city's grand new development.
But that someday seems quite a ways away. The city council this month will consider hiring a consultant to help deal with environmental clean-up at the former industrial site between Copeland avenue and the Black River. But that might be premature. The DNR tells us that the city will have to come up with a plan for what it wants to do with the site before a plan for environmental clean-up by Exxon-Mobil can be created. Just now the city is beginning the process of planning for use. Basically, the DNR tells us, Exxon-Mobil is on the hook for clean-up. But the company isn't sure how much clean-up it will have to do.
For now, the wrecking ball's being held at bay in West Salem. The former site of the West Salem Boys and Girls club was slated for demolition after the building's roof caved under the weight of heavy snow. Building owner Franciscan Skemp had said the building would be razed and the lots underneath sold. But that might not be the case anymore. Franciscan Skemp confirms for us that they're in negotiations with somebody over possibly selling the building intact. There's a possibility that a developer would buy the building, repair it and turn it into office space. The Boys and Girls club, meanwhile is moving to a former church space.