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Another five years before the 608 area code runs out of numbers. But it's coming up fast for those in the 715. Because of the lack of phone numbers a new area code is getting added to the 715. And, by July 17th, everyone in that area will have to dial even local calls with ten digits in order for calls to go through.
Two different ways to deal with small time pot possession. A few years back the LaCrosse county board changed an ordinance giving cops and prosecutors the option to ticket someone a hundred bucks for a first time bust. Instead, LaCrosse D.A. Tim Gruenke continues to charge possession as a crime with offenders getting their records clear if they go through an assessment. County board chair Steve Doyle doesn't have a huge problem with the way the district attorney handles the situation. But, Doyle says the D.A.'s plan has one weakness. If they charge minor possession as a crime any money from fines goes to the state. Charging it as an ordinance violation keeps the money here in LaCrosse county.
It's big. it's new. It's got a big, two-story tunnel going through it's middle. But the transit center in downtown La Crosse isn't quite finished yet. That's why MTU chief Keith Carlson says he wants to wait on changing bus routes to include the new center. He especially wants to avoid having busses drive around the cranes that will be installing a green roof on top of the seven story building. So switching busses to the center won't happen this month as hoped. Carlson is thinking a grand opening for the bus depot and upper living spaces will happen at the same time sometime in August.
Sure, the Eco-Park in La Crosse has just picked up a big state grant. But fundraising's got a long way to go. The Park bosses plan on cutting corners a bit by enlisting volunteers to help tear down remnants of the old zoo in the city's Myrick Park. Makes sense to city park and rec director, Steve Carlyon in a few ways. There's the obvious money savings. There's the community that such an effort builds. There's also legacy considerations. Volunteers can tell their children and grandchildren, he says, that they helped build the Eco-Park. Last week, the Eco-Park won approval for a half million dollar state grant. Just enough to pay architects to draw up plans for new park exhibits.