Tomah’s Long Range Planning Committee is still planning on taking another survey of city residents on the possibility of a new indoor recreational facility. A survey would likely ask exactly what residents would want in the facility. An indoor recreational facility topped a list of things residents want to see in the city in the next 10 years in a survey taken earlier this year.
A La Crosse County committee will get an update Thursday morning on three properties the county could sell soon. The county is looking to sell land at Park Plaza, the site of the former Bikini Yacht Club between La Crosse and La Crescent, at Its administrative center in downtown La Crosse, and at Lakeview Health Care Center in West Salem.
Ice fishing is expected to pick up this weekend with Western Wisconsin’s coldest temperatures of the season coming in. DNR safety chief and Bangor High School graduate Todd Schaller says a tip normally associated with boating also applies to early-season ice fishing. Schaller says using a life jacket when there’s marginal early-season ice is really good because it provides buoyancy and helps you get out if you go through the ice. Schaller says you may want to check on ice conditions with a local sports shop before you head out as well.
Local food pantries will get the most benefits from tonight’s Canadian Pacific Holiday Train trip through Western Wisconsin. In Tomah, Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry director Judy Deming says they’re hoping to surpass last year’s donations of about 1000 pounds of food and 250 dollars in cash. There’ll be stops at 430 in Mauston, 540 in Tomah, 7 o’ clock in Sparta and 915 in La Crosse.
Almost all of Western Wisconsin is out of a severe drought, and some of Western Wisconsin is now out of a drought entirely. Most of Western Wisconsin remains in a moderate drought. Severe drought areas include the far northwest corner of Jackson County and the northern third of Trempealeau County.
The state Supreme Court will not consider releasing the man who killed three men at an Onalaska church in 1985. Bryan Stanley violated terms of his 2009 conditional release from Madison’s Mendota Mental Hospital last year, according to La Crosse County judge Ramona Gonzalez and an appeals court. Stanley’s lawyer asked the Supreme Court to review the case. Stanley was found innocent but insane in the case.
La Crosse is close to getting a new downtown craft brewery. The city council will consider approving the brewery next Thursday. The brewery would sell to other bars, offer limited tasting, and would be located in the 300 block of Pearl Street.
Western Wisconsin Assemblywoman Amy Sue Vruwink was one of five Democrats who joined Republicans Wednesday in voting for a three-month delay in moving health care for state low-income residents from BadgerCare to Obamacare. The bill now goes to the Senate. The state is also looking into a program to let people use subsidies to buy coverage now available only through Obamacare.
Governor Scott Walker still has not said whether he’ll sign a bill that makes it easier for state high schools to keep their Indian nicknames. Walker has until a week from Wednesday to sign the bill, veto the bill or let it go without his signature, which would let it go into effect. The bill moves the burden of proof on changes from the DPI and as few as one person against a nickname to the Administration Department and 10 percent of a district against a nickname.