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2008-08-02 06:00:20

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 2--The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, like other schools in the UW-System, has trouble recruiting and retaining faculty because its salaries have not kept pace with comparable institutions across the nation. Full professors at UW-L earned an average of $74,900 during the 2007-08 academic year, while faculty at other public master's institutions across the nation earned about $10,000 more, according to the American Association of University...

2008-08-01 03:00:32

By Steve Cahalan, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 1--Electric rates would increase about 7.9 percent or $6.47 per month for its typical residential customer, under an electric rate request Xcel Energy is filing today with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. Xcel asks that the increase in electric base rates take effect Jan. 1. It says the increase is needed because of ongoing investments in cleaner sources of energy, transmission lines and rising costs of fuel and purchased power....

2008-07-31 03:00:37

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 31--Maria Olinger has taught special education to students in New York City with Teach For America, and this fall she will tutor children in English in Costa Rica. But for the summer, the 2000 Holmen High School graduate has returned to the Coulee Region to teach an art enrichment class at Spence Elementary School. "This has been a dream job," Olinger said. "This is what teaching should be like. It's not stressful, and I enjoy coming to...

2008-07-31 03:00:27

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 31--Summer months are a boom time for food-borne illnesses, and county health inspectors have the data to prove it. Jim Steinhoff, a sanitarian and food inspector for the La Crosse County Health De-partment, said he was disappointed that many restaurants had more than 10 violations in the second quarter of 2008 -- about 12 percent of those inspected in the three months. "It's a real bad quarter," Steinhoff said. "There's more food-borne...

2008-07-30 03:00:29

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 30--The ambulance business in La Crosse may soon get more competitive, bringing to a head a public-private battle over who should provide emergency services in the region. Top elected city and county officials said Tuesday they will simultaneously introduce legislation to create a municipally-run emergency medical service. But "it has a long way to go," La Crosse County Board Chairman Steve Doyle said. "What it really means is that the...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 30--ONALASKA, Wis. -- Tuesday night's Wisconsin Way town hall gathering was a meeting about proven outcomes and measurable results -- both for the process and ideas the group is peddling. "How do we make it happen? Because I don't trust they'll figure it out down there (in Madison)," asked Kraig Brownell. Wisconsin Way, an association of public and professional organizations, has been traveling across the state compiling input on the...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 30--GALESVILLE, Wis. -- A 6-year-old Galesville boy is the Coulee Region's first reported La Crosse encephalitis case this summer. Health officials first thought the boy was infected with the West Nile virus, but the encephalitis diagnosis was confirmed Tuesday by officials at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, where the boy is hospitalized. Dave Geske, La Crosse County mosquito control officer, said he and his staff surveyed the...

2008-07-29 09:00:46

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 29--Whether economists call it a recession or not, times are tough. "If you've been laid off or find your skills are not needed in the marketplace, it is a recession for you," said Bill Brockmiller, labor market analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. People shared concerns about the economy and other issues Monday at a listening session hosted by Rep. Ron Kind at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Because of the...

2008-07-28 00:00:29

By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 27--ST. JOSEPH, Wis. -- Step inside Syl Clements' dairy barn and 9,000 baby chickens scurry. A network of automated water tubes and troughs of organic feed hang from the ceiling. A carpet of wood chips scents the air, kept at a steady 70 degrees by giant fans. There are no cows to be found. Five years ago, Clements was pushing 70, his equipment needed to be replaced and milk prices were lower than they'd been 20 years earlier. His family...

2008-07-26 12:00:52

By La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 26--The story of two girls accidentally switched at birth at a Prairie du Chien, Wis., hospital will air on the public radio show "This American Life" this weekend. Martha Miller and Susan McDonald left the Old San Hospital with the wrong families on a summer day in 1951 and didn't find out until age 43, said Sarah Koenig, a producer of "This American Life." One of the mothers, Mary Miller, knew she didn't have the right baby from the day she brought...