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Onalaska's fire chief continues to push for a 2nd fire department for the city. Chief Don Dominick says building a new facility on highway 16 would benefit the city because it would improve response times in that area from ten minutes to four. Dominick is hoping the city gets a 2.3 million dollar grant to pay for construction of a new fire house. The city of Onalaska would have to foot the bill for the land.
A SHORT SPIN AROUND DOWNTOWN LA CROSSE CAN GIVE A POLITICAL CANDIDATE AN EDUCATION...AND SOME PUBLICITY.
MILWAUKEE MAYOR TOM BARRETT WENT AROUND TO LA CROSSE BUSINESSES TODAY, SAYING HE WANTS A JOB AS WISCONSIN'S NEXT GOVERNOR. AND ONE WORKER JOKED THAT HER STORE IS HIRING. BARRETT SAYS HE'S LEARNING THAT SMALL BUSINESSES WANT STATE GOVERNMENT TO LEAVE THEM ALONE.
REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING THE SAME APPROACH TO THE VOTERS. G-O-P CANDIDATE MARK NEUMANN HAS A 'MAIN STREET' TOUR SCHEDULED IN LA CROSSE NEXT WEEK.
If you own a dog or a cat in LaCrosse county you have until the end of the month to get them registered. Heather Schmid with the Coulee Region Humane Society reminds us all dogs have to licensed and most municipalities in the county require cats to be licensed as well. Heather says you can register with your local treasurer or at the Humane Society. If you wait until after the deadline you will have to pay a late fee. If you get caught with an unregistered pet it could run you a couple of hundred bucks in fines.
A week of bad air in Wisconsin.
Stagnant air and a March thaw has led the DNR to issue air quality watches for two-thirds of the state. Too many particulates in the air. Why all the pollution? look no further than your neighborhood coal plant, says Clean Wisconsin's Katie Nekol. Big source of pollution, she says. And
Nekola says the state's air quality is suffering from excess coal power generating capacity.
A veto override attempt by the city council is on hold for now. mayor Matt Harter had vetoed the hiring of a half time lawyer to work in the city attorney's office. That veto was up for an override this week, but the city council has decided instead to put off the attempt for the next two months. The council has this week overturned a different veto of Harter's. But it was a veto the mayor says he changed his mind on anyway. In an unusual move, the mayor essentially asked the city council to overturn his veto, which they did. Making it just the second time the mayor has suffered a veto override.