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Earlier this month, the picture of job creation in Wisconsin was a pretty rosy one. Governor Walker made a show of announcing the nine thousand plus jobs created in the state over one month. New report from the state's labor department shows that not every place in Wisconsin is sharing in the bounty. La Crosse is one of the areas where numbers of jobs have actually disappeared month to month and since last year. The metro area has lost 1200 jobs since last year and about four hundred from May to June. Unemployment rate in La Crosse is still one of the best in the state, at 6.7%, right behind the Madison area.
The La Crosse Police Department is currently seeking information on the whereabouts of Avery B. Gipson, a 15 year old male. He was last heard from around 10:30 p.m. Wednsday night in the area of 200 South 5th Ave in La Crosse. Police say at this time there is no reason to believe he is in danger. He has not been in touch with family or friends since that time Wednesday night.
After an intensive 14 month planning process the City of Onalaska is poised to begin construction on a project that will change the face of downtown Onalaska. The Great River Road/State Hwy 35 Streetscape Project will enhance a 7 block area of the Hwy 35 corridor just south of Elm to King Street, making the downtown area more attractive and friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Once complete this will revitalize the downtown shopping area creating a dynamic that is designed to attract more businesses. We are anticipating that ripples from this project will positively impact the entire City.
The City received a substantial Transportation Enhancement grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation grant, which will pay for 80% of the project’s cost with the City picking up the remaining 20%. With construction starting in the spring of 2012 the City is partnering with the Onalaska Enhancement Foundation to raise the City’s share of the project’s cost.
Donations can be made to the Onalaska Enhancement Foundation and are tax deductible. Fundraising booklets are available at City Hall, the Onalaska Library and the Center for Commerce and Tourism.
Compared to other waters in Wisconsin, there's pretty minimal restrictions on eating fish that come from the Mississippi river around La Crosse. New fish consumption guidelines from the DNR suggest additional restrictions are only necessary in the Mississippi pools around La Crosse when it comes to channel catfish . For all other fish, it's the normal advisory--especially for pregnant women and children--against eating too much. All Wisconsin waters are covered by consumption advisories because of excessive levels of mercury and/or PCBs.
New rules for road construction in La Crosse won't necessarily mandate additional sidewalks and bus stops . But they certainly could. The so-called Complete Streets ordinance is likely to get a vote next month by the city council. The ordinance will simply force city engineers to consider all forms of transportation when planning road projects. But there's some common sense that will come with the ordinance, says city engineer Randy Turtenwald. For example, he says bike lanes won't be created on streets too narrow to sustain them. On-street parking also won't be sacrificed in neighborhoods so that bike travel can be made easier. Complete Streets also requires the city to consider decreasing water run-off when doing road projects .