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La Crosse man gets 5 years in federal prison for meth conviction

A man carrying more than six ounces of methamphetamine when wrestled to the ground by a La Crosse police officer was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to five years in prison.


Washington man charged with identify theft, and regular theft, in La Crosse

A Washington man is facing felony charges Thursday after he was accused of defrauding a La Crosse restaurateur of just under $12,000. Eugene Olson, 46, of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., was charged with theft by false representation and unauthorized use of an entity’s identifying information in La Crosse C


La Crosse could have Wisconsin's the highest room tax

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -- - La Crosse property taxes may soon be increasing to pay for renovations to the La Crosse Center. To prevent that from happening, Mayor Tim Kabat wants to increase the city's room tax by 50 percent, but not everyone agrees with that decision.


Winter Storm Watch for eight Southeastern Wisconsin counties

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for eight of 11 counties in Southeastern Wisconsin from 6 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Saturday. It includes:


La Crosse County investigators helped with Closs case

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – Law enforcement from around the state assisted the Barron County Sheriff’s Department in the Jayme Closs case, including La Crosse area officers. Two local investigators with the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department went to Barron County to help the investigation. They were a


La Crosse band shell project to move forward

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The architectural design of a proposed band shell for La Crosse's Riverside Park is moving forward. The Parks Board voted Thursday night to approve a free-standing design, meaning the band shell would not be directly connected to the band stand.


La Crosse alliance vs. opioids rolls up sleeves to fight crisis

Scratching the surface of the opioid crisis reveals that it’s actually a pain crisis, but a La Crosse County has established a solid foundation to confront and control the emergency on both fronts, according to three experts who are helping the group organize its attack.


Government offices are closed Monday for MLK Day

City, county, state and federal government offices in La Crosse will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The post office will be closed, and mail will not be delivered. The La Crosse Public Library will be open, and city buses will operate on their regular schedule. Garbage will be pick


New plan to fight rising opioid overdoses in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - - You are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car crash according to a new study from the National Safety Council. The study found people in the U.S. have about a one in 103 chance of dying in a car crash over their lifetime, but a one in 96 chance of dying


La Crosse area restaurant inspections: 154 violations at 40 establishments in December

Public health officials found an average of 3.5 code violations during inspections of 60 Coulee Region restaurants in May. There were a total of 154 violations reported at 40 establishments in La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties, according to records provided by state and county healt


La Crosse working towards a "SolSmart" designation

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse is one of ten Wisconsin communities that could soon benefit from the sun, whenever it decides to come out again. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is now helping La Crosse and 9 other cities better use and promote solar energy. It's all to get a "SolSmart" d


Mason Jennings coming to La Crosse's Cavalier Theater

Tickets are now on sale for a March 9 concert featuring pop folk singer/songwriter Mason Jennings at La Crosse’s Cavalier Theater. Drawn to the Twin Cities by a music scene that included Prince, The Jayhawks and The Replacements, Jennings has been a prolific recording artist, putting out 21 releases


Sonic boom shakes parts of southern Wisconsin

PORTAGE (WKOW) — Residents in Columbia County were shaken Thursday afternoon by a sonic boom that police say was caused by military flights. Residents in and around the Portage reported hearing and feeling a powerful boom about 1:40 p.m. Thursday that many thought was some type of explosion, accordi


$5.9 million Megabucks ticket sold in eastern Wisconsin

SHEBOYGAN (WKOW)– A Megabucks player is $5.9 million richer after a drawing Wednesday. Wisconsin Lottery officials said the winning ticket was sold at a Kwik Trip in Sheboygan, with the lucky numbers 1, 5, 28, 29, 37 and 44.


Randy Erickson: Three Beers dives back in for La Crosse show

Once upon a time, say 22 years ago, a bunch of musically inclined University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students put together an impromptu band to play a Halloween show, and it turned into a monster called Three Beers ’til Dubuque.


'Big Reveal' takes weight off La Crosse Mardi Gras royals

Crystal Kirchner looked as if she might explode Wednesday morning, as just a few hours remained until she could reveal that she and husband Tony had been keeping since September — that the La Crosse couple are Rex and Queen of the annual Coulee Region Mardi Gras Ball.


Police: Stabbing suspect had been assaulted two weeks earlier

A La Crosse man charged with a fatal stabbing on the city’s South Side on Jan. 2 had been the victim of a recent assault, police say. Three days before he was accused of stabbing and killing Virgil Stewart, Anquin St. Junious, 39, told police that nearly 20 people had ambushed him on the night of De


La Crosse Salvation Army undergoing most significant renovations since 1990

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the Salvation Army in La Crosse, the future will be well worth the next three months of inconvenience. The emergency shelter in downtown La Crosse is undergoing a renovation of nearly half a million dollars.


Shoot free throws Saturday at Blessed Sacrament

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Anyone nine to 14 years in age is invited to compete in a free throw competition at Blessed Sacrament school gym at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 19. The event is intended to create space and time for kids to have fun and participate in physical activity. Interested parties s


La Crosse County Sheriff’s Captain promoted to Chief Deputy

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department has a new Chief Deputy. Captain Mike Horstman has been promoted to the position after the previous Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf was promoted to Sheriff.