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2008-07-15 03:00:00

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 15--Three big-ticket items drew crowds to La Crosse's Common Council meeting Thursday as 16 aldermen ruled on a condemnation, Bliss Road repair and rental registration policy. But the show opener, in contrast, drew little fanfare. Nine council members -- George Italiano, Jai Johnson, Jacie Gamroth, Bill Harnden, Dorothy Lenard, Doug Farmer, Richard Becker, Tom Sweeney and Marilyn Wigdahl -- and a few audience members graced chambers for an...

2008-07-15 03:00:18

By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 15--PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. --The city's Common Council is set to vote tonight for the second time this month on whether to undo its 2003 decision to allow the state to install roundabouts on Marquette Road. A motion to nullify the earlier vote and terminate the city's contract with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was voted down 9-2 on July 1. Mayor Karl Steiner vetoed that vote. If the council still has the two-thirds majority...

2008-07-14 03:00:21

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 14--The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is taking the LEED in sustainability. The new academic building -- Centennial Hall -- is the first in the UW System that will be LEED certified, said Bob Hetzel, UW-L vice chancellor for administration and finance. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. "We are very pleased to make that claim; it speaks very well for our campus," said Hetzel. The move added an additional...

2008-07-13 03:00:22

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 13--With buildings in need of repair and a potential budget shortfall looming, the La Crosse School Board faces hard decisions in the coming months. nWhether to again ask voters to approve borrowing for building maintenance or new construction. nWhether to close one or more elementary schools. nWhether to save teacher compensation costs associated with the district's commitment to a 15-to-1 student-teacher ratio in all elementary...

2008-07-13 03:00:17

By Geri Parlin, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 13--LA CRESCENT, Minn. -- Gypsy Rose Lee. She may be the most famous stripper who ever lived, and the musical "Gypsy" is her autobiography. But stripping is only a small part of what this musical is about, says Ryan Stotts, who is directing the musical for Appleseed Community Theatre. "She was considered the Queen of Burlesque. Her gimmick, as far as stripping, was that she was considered witty and intelligent. We downplay the stripping...

2008-07-13 03:00:15

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 13--If recycling rules are too complex and confusing, people just won't do it. Which is why La Crosse County needs a more coordinated and standardized countywide recycling program, said Larry Hougom, vice president of Hilltopper Refuse and Recycling, which sorts many of the county's recyclables. La Crosse County has 18 municipalities -- and 18 separate recycling programs. Some recycle different materials, while others have different pick-up...

2008-07-13 03:00:15

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 13--The sound of tin cans clanking and glass shattering is constant as a front-end loader pushes bottles and other recyclables onto a conveyor belt that moves upward to employees working on a sorting line. About 600 tons of recyclables per month -- the majority from 15 municipalities in La Crosse County, including the city of La Crosse -- are hauled in to Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling each month, said Larry Hougom, Hilltopper vice president....

2008-07-12 03:00:15

By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 12--This summer is shaping up to be one of the stormiest in recent memory but nothing out of the ordinary. "Certainly it's been one of the most active in recent years," said Seth Binau, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in La Crosse. "But we all have short memories. We as humans tend to live in the now." Easy to do in a week that's seen two severe storm systems. La Crosse got 1.44 inches of rain Monday and another 0.87...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 11--La Crosse sidewalks had an extra crunch Thursday after the summer's first big mayfly hatch the night before. The National Weather Service in La Crosse captured the hatch on radar about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday as millions of the insects emerged from their underwater burrows. The Hexagenia flies native to this area spend most of their lives as larvae under the Mississippi River, rise to the surface when the water temperature is warm enough --...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 11--The La Crosse Common Council on Thursday voted to seize a billboard on Copeland Avenue after negotiations between a private developer and sign company proved futile. The council had been reluctant to condemn the sign, owned by Collins Outdoor Advertising, to make way for a 92-room extended stay hotel just north of downtown La Crosse and Three Rivers Plaza. "It's obviously been a long, difficult negotiation," hotel developer Paul...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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