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When U-W-La Crosse began work on a new academic building last year, two old dorms had to be demolished.
Now, there seems to be some second-guessing about whether Baird and Trowbridge Halls should have been torn down before new housing was built. Residence Life director Nick Nicklaus says the building schedule on campus did cause a little problem, and "ideally," a new dorm would have been ready by the time those two halls were demolished. Two freshman dorms had to put three to five students in some rooms this year, to make up for the loss of two halls, but Nicklaus says the students handled the situation well. However, U-W-L did impose an early deadline this year for getting into dorms next fall.
No trial this week, over the Brothers Bar in Madison.
The Fortney family, owners of Brothers taverns in Madison, La Crosse, and other cities, have accepted a two-million dollar offer for their site near the UW campus. The Fortneys and the university were supposed to go to trial starting today, on whether the UW could take over the bar under laws of eminent domain. The UW wants to put a music building on the tavern site, and claimed that the Fortneys were just holding out for a better price. The Fortneys had filed the lawsuit in October, after they couldn't get the Board of Regents to help them move the bar to another location in Madison.
It sounds like it's a done deal. But it's not. And all kinds of unforeseen things could pop up between now and when the La Crosse city council will decide whether to support a deal worked out with developer Don Weber to build a new parking ramp downtown. City council member Bruce Ranis says he's okay with what he's heard about the deal so far but he wants to see the details of the plan that includes Weber financing construction of the $10.3 million ramp and then selling it to the city. The plan also calls for Weber to build a third Riverside Center building that will include parking spaces and be worth about $18 million.
Kevin Carboni wouldn't have any problem donning the Klement's italian sausage suit again. He simply hopes for a better outcome the second time around. Carboni, owner of Harvest Moon Advertising in La Crosse, dressed in the sausage costume as part of opening day ceremonies for the Brewers in Milwaukee yesterday. He was part of the sausage relay to Miller Park. It was on that relay that a motorcycle cop ran into him. A video shows Carboni in the suit bounding across the street to greet people standing on the boulevard and the officer quickly stopping but not before he runs over Carboni's foot, apparently. Carboni was pretty banged up but finished his leg of the relay and was back at work today. Carboni says he let the people at Klement's know he was fine and he'd put on the suit again "in a second."