Lease keeps Loggers at Copeland until, likely, 2033
The board that oversees elections and ethics in Wisconsin has been hailed as a national model. Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board has proven to be effective. It is comprised of non-partisan...
A temporary closure of Highway 35 at Genoa today is being postponed until noon.
The road will be closed near the Dairyland power plant, so spent nuclear fuel can be transported to a storage site down the road. The fuel has been kept at the main plant in Genoa since the nuclear reactor there was shut down in 1987, as a cost-cutting measure.
Cycling for Leader Dogs is a 3,500 mile, trans-America solo bicycle tour from the west coast to the east coast to increase awareness and raise funds for Leader Dogs for the Blind. Cyclist Mark Mansell is a member of the La Center Lions Club in La Center, Washington and talked with WIZM news about the trek.
Mansell has already passed his goal of $35 thousand, or 1,000 sponsors pledging one penny for every mile of the trip. All donations of $35 or more will receive a special commemorative pin. He will be going through La Crosse later today.
State public health administrator Karen McKeown says they are still taking public comment on new ways the state wants to combat childhood obesity. It’s a 124-page document outlines the best types of physical activities for young people plus ways for adults to make healthy choices for meals.
McKeown says the state’s plan will need support from both the public and private sectors in order to succeed.
What started out as a couple of people calling Jackson County saying they got sick from swimming in Lake Wazee last week, has turrned into something they have never seen before. Public Health Nurse, Christine Hovell, explains.
The numbers of people sick......at least 170. She says the lake is closed until more testing can be done next week. In the meantime, if you are fishing or scuba diving in the area.......she says wash your hands before and after the activity.
After an overwhelming vote on Tuesday night, it appears the La Crosse City Council will easily authorize a committee study of a budget consultant plan at its meeting on Thursday.
The Committee of the Whole amended the resolution, to remove language committing 125-thousand dollars for a consultant search. Council president Audrey Kader will be on the study committee. She defends much of the spending that city government must do every year.
Critics of the consultant plan have speculated that such an expert might be a substitute for the city administrator rejected in an April referendum...or that a consultant would recommend firing Mayor Matt Harter.
Thirty-third time's the charm?
House Republicans have voted for the 33rd time to defeat the 'Obamacare' law since President Obama signed the health care bill over two years ago. Five Democrats joined with the Republicans to oppose Obamacare...but La Crosse's Ron Kind was not one of them. Kind has supported the Obama bill on every one of those House votes, but says some changes could be made.
Kind argues that many individual parts of the health care law have gotten broad bi-partisan support.
Another honor bestowed upon the state of Wisconsin. After the region's river road was deemed the country's number one scenic drive - Wisconsin was voted the best vacation state by the Triple-A. La Crosse Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Dave Clements says that's because the state, and particularly the La Crosse area, has a lot to offer vacationers. According to Clements, it's this variety that has lent itself to increased tourism spending, in the La Crosse area, in recent years.
$80 million. That's the amount of a referendum Western Technical College hopes that voters will pass in November. Western President, Lee Rasch, says most of the approved monies would go towards the La Crosse campus.
In 1992, voters passed a referendum to generate funds for upgrading campuses in Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua. As part of the 2020 strategic plan, more then 1000 additional students will attend the tech college by the year 2020.
So who will spend the most money on the next batch of elections? Joe Heim, Political Professor at UW-La Crosse, says expect advertisements from a major statewide race to come first.
He says there will be some quiet time between August and October but with the presidential race right around the corner from that span.......get used to seeing and hearing them again.