La Crosse,

Christi Reynard named news director for News 8 Now

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Christi Reynard will take over July 12 as news director here at News 8 Now, accepting the reins from outgoing news director Anne Paape. Morgan Murphy Media, News 8’s parent company, announced Friday that Reynard will take the top job. “Christi is an experienced and...
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La Crosse County,

Former Viterbo University Student Makes Court Appearance

A former student at Viterbo University has made her initial appearance virtually in La Crosse County Circuit Court. Police say Victoria Unanka admitted starting a fire in a trash can on the second floor of a campus residence hall last April. Unanka reportedly told authorities she did it because no...
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La Crosse,

La Crosse Aquinas names Ryan Garza as new associate principal

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Aquinas Catholic Schools announced Friday that Ryan Garza will be the new associate principal at Aquinas High and Middle School. Garza will take over July 1 for Kevin Schreiner, who is retiring. “We are excited to have someone with a great educational background and he...
La Crosse, WILa Crosse Tribune

La Crosse man charged after choking, punching neighbor

A La Crosse man was arrested on three charges after violently attacking his neighbor, leaving them fearful for their life. James Mallette, 37, of La Crosse was charged Friday with strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. Per the criminal complaint, on June 17 Mallette began “frantically knocking” on...
La Crosse,

17 year old charged for Viterbo University resident hall fire

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- 17-year-old, Victoria Unanka was a student at Viterbo University who was arrested for a residence hall fire in April. She was released on a signature bond but is not allowed to have contact with Viterbo Campus. Now she’s facing criminal charges and is expelled from the...
La Crosse,

No shortage of efforts to end homelessness

Despite a multitude of efforts by many groups, homelessness remains a significant problem in La Crosse. It seems no matter how hard people try, the problem gets worse instead of better. Lots of groups have been working to solve the problem, including Catholic Charities, the Coulee Collaborative to End Homelessness, Coulee Cap and the Franciscan Sisters. The city has tried a number of ways to address the homelessness problem. They tore down a homeless encampment known as Tent City in the La Crosse marsh. Many of the homeless set up camp at Cameron Park, so the city put in playground equipment so it would be illegal to drink in that park. That didn’t solve the problem, and now many who were living at Cameron Park are now in La Crosse’s Houska Park along the river. It seems we have simply swapped one Tent City for another. Dozens of tents are set up there to provide some sort of shelter, but not much when it pours or when the weather turns cold again. Now the city of La Crosse is talking of adding a Homelessness Coordinator to City Hall. That seems to make sense. With so many different groups working alone to solve the same problem, this is a chance to get them all working together. There is no shortage of effort to end homelessness in La Crosse, but so far it seems despite those efforts, the problem isn’t going away, it just keeps moving to new locations.
Beaver Dam,

TRACK AND FIELD: Boatload of athletes from area excel at sectionals to qualify for state meet

The WIAA State Track and Field Championships field, that is. And the list of area athletes who are headed to La Crosse isn’t short. Leading the way is Beaver Dam sophomore Leah Burchardt, who not only took first place in the girls high jump at Thursday’s Division 1 sectional meet at Hartford Union High School — she cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to edge out Slinger’s Kacey Ott (5-1) by an inch — but also was on the 3,200-meter relay team that took third place (10 minutes, 20.54 seconds) and is headed to state.

Music on Main returns to Cashton

CASHTON, Wis. (WKBT) – The ‘Live on Main Music Festival’ is returning to Cashton. Five acts playing a wide range of music will play through Saturday night. Money raised at the event is used to improve Cashton landmarks. “We’ve in the past helped with Cashton Park improvement, the Cashton Community...
Sauk County,

PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Sauk County sending 7 athletes to Division 1 state meet

Baraboo High School senior Jake Schaefer’s school-record throw of 186 feet, 10 inches would have won 25 of the last 26 WIAA Division 1 state discus titles. It was enough for a third-place finish at Thursday’s Madison Memorial sectional meet, as Schaefer, Holmen’s Kaden Banks and Verona’s Jackson Acker combined to put on a show. The three seniors will square off again at the June 26 state meet in La Crosse.
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Gundersen Health System seeing increase in severe allergy symptoms

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) - More and more people are getting back outside, which means many are also seeing their allergies return. Dr. Samantha Knox says Gundersen Health System has seen an increase compared to last year in patients dealing with severe allergic reactions. She thinks the trend will continue...
La Crosse,

Stingers drop first game in La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis. – The Stingers lose the first game in La Crosse Thursday night, by a 7-1 final. The loss is the sixth consecutive game Willmar has dropped. Jacob Ferris got the start for the Loggers, tossing six shutout innings. He gave up five hits and struck out five without walking a batter.
La Crosse,

Juneteenth flag flying over UW-La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – UW-La Crosse officially recognized Juneteenth by raising the holiday’s flag on Friday. Juneteenth, on June 19th, commemorates the day the last enslaved African Americans were told they were freed in 1865 after the end of the Civil War. The commemorative flag is at the entrance...
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Using fireworks safely this summer

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) - The Fourth of July is a few weeks away, so the La Crosse Fire Department wants to make sure people celebrate safely this year. Assistant Fire Chief Craig Snyder says the department has started to notice fireworks being shot off in La Crosse. He wants...