Late For Work Permission Slip
Frustrated with all the road construction in La Crosse? Is your boss angry because the congestion is making you late for work? Then print off this handy permission slip and hand it your boss, compliments of WIZM!
Mixed reactions to Steve O'Malley's tenure as La Crosse County administrator. O'Malley won another four-year contract extension last night, after telling the county board that he never expected to become a successful county officer. But eight board members voted against the contract renewal, after spending about an hour trying to make changes in the pact. The board also took about an hour to approve millions of dollars in borrowing for downtown building projects, and a new Lakeview care center in West Salem.
Blugolds lose on two-out, two-run walk-off single
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. – First, it was ecstatic. Minutes later, heartbroken. The Aquinas High School baseball team went through a rollercoaster seventh inning that ended in defeat in the WIAA Division 3 state championship.
After the second-ranked Blugolds took a 4-2 lead with a three-run, top-of-the-seventh inning against the defending state champions, Lake Country Lutheran (28-2) had an answer.
The top-ranked Lightning scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh, winning the title 5-4 with a two-out, two-run, walk-off single to right field Thursday at Fox Cities Stadium.
The runs came off Alex Dee, who entered the game for Rudy Rott to close things out in the seventh. In 23 innings this season, Dee was 1-1 with a 1.22 ERA.
Dee started things well enough, getting the Lightning’s leadoff hitter to ground out. The next three batters, however, all singled to load the bases.
No. 5 hitter, Jake Hall, came up next, hit another single to pull Lake Country to 4-3. Dee got the next batter looking for out number two, before No. 7 hitter Joe Lipsky hit the walk-off, two-out, two-run single to right field for the win.
Heading into the seventh, the Blugolds (27-4) were facing a 2-1 deficit on a pitcher they had gotten just one hit on per inning – the big hit being Dee’s RBI double in the third inning.
But in the top of the seventh, Aquinas’ rally started with a one-out single by Rott. Chris Curti walked and Dee followed with a single to left, loading the bases.
Alex Schulte got the scoring started with an RBI single to left to tie the game and Andy Gunderson reached on an error that scored another run.
That play knocked starter Ben Wikins out of the game with six strikeouts, giving up seven hits and five walks. Ryan Nehls entered and Hortsman hit a sacrifice fly to left to give the Blugolds a 4-2 lead, before the dreaded bottom half of the inning.
Rott went six innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs as Aquinas’ starter. He struck out one and walked one. Dee, who was 2-for-3 at the plate, gave five hits in 2/3 inning.
As long as there's been an agency to control pollution in Minnesota, there's been a people's group to watch what that agency is up to. Both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and its Citizen's Board were formed at the same time nearly fifty years ago. But the board has been dissolved by lawmakers. Which likely means no oversight of the agency, says board member and Winona farmer, Jim Riddle. Republicans in St Paul had pushed for dumping the board, saying, among other things, it was no longer useful. Last meeting for the board is on Tuesday.
Won't be pretty if the US Supreme Court takes down Obamacare. That's the evaluation from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. A new report from the group says Wisconsin has more to lose than many of the other 34 states that would lose federal health exchange insurance subsidies if the court finds those subsidies to be unconsitutional. That's because people getting insurance on the exchange take advantage of those subsidies more in Wisconsin than in many of the other states that haven't set up their own exchanges. About 180 thousand in the state get their insurance through the exchange. More than 90 percent get subsidies.
When you have too much debt, ideally you'd do a little belt-tightening to pay it down. A report from the feds this week shows the federal government better have a pretty tight belt. National debt is expected to exceed a hundred percent of GDP in 25 years. Which is intolerable, says Bruce Zmolek, president of Firefighters Credit Union in La Crosse. But also probably not the whole story, just based on the current debt level. The report blames higher national debt on growing levels of entitlement spending on healthcare and a population that's getting older.