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Onalaska native to compete on Jeopardy! Tuesday

ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -People in western Wisconsin may be seeing a familiar face on Jeopardy! Tuesday. 2004 Onalaska High School graduate Jason Smith will be a contestant on America’s favorite quiz show, May 17. “Just being on the Jeopardy! set was surreal, so I was very nervous that day...

UW-La Crosse plans police memorial ceremony

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – As a part of National Police Week, the UW-La Crosse Police Department plans to honor those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty at a special event. The department will host a La Crosse County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Veteran Monument...

One Unique Wisconsin Attraction Wants You To Take a Hike…With Llamas This Summer

Whenever I'm on the hunt for something fun to do with my family, there are two qualifications an attraction must meet to be a guaranteed hit with my kids:. That first qualification is usually pretty easy to fulfill, but the second gets a little tricky if the adventure doesn't involve going to a zoo. Well, I am here to tell you I think I just found this summer's perfect adventure that my kids will 100% approve of; hiking with llamas in Wisconsin!

Solving homelessness problem remains elusive

There are no shortage of efforts to solve the problem of homelessness in La Crosse. But are those efforts helping? That is a difficult question to answer, but it isn’t for lack of trying. The city of La Crosse recently allocated $276,000 in federal funding to establish a campground in Houska Park where the homeless can live for the summer. This comes after the city paid even more to house the homeless in a local motel during the winter months. Under the latest plan, the city will provide electrical hookups for those tent camping at Houska. In addition, the city will provide security at the park to keep people safe. This comes after the city failed in efforts to purchase the Chamber of Commerce building and a southside motel to serve as bridge housing. Other groups are addressing the problem too, including the Coulee Region Collaborative to End Homelessness, while a resource center for the homeless recently opened in central La Crosse. But still, the number of people without permanent shelter in La Crosse is by all accounts growing. Some say that is because the city is too generous, and that generosity has attracted even more homeless to the city. That is difficult to measure. What we do know is despite the efforts of many in government and civic organizations, the problem is far from solved, showing just how difficult this goal is to attain.

DNR warns of very high fire danger in western Wisconsin

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says nearly all counties in western Wisconsin are at very high fire danger risk and asks people to avoid burning anything to avoid wildfires. Those counties with very high fire danger include Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Trempealeau and Wood. Crawford, Vernon...

Popcorn Tavern hosts silent auction for benefit event supporting victims of downtown fire

(WLAX/WEUX) – The Popcorn Tavern is hosting a benefit for their neighbors in the apartments affected by the 4th St. fire. The Popcorn Tavern is seeking donations for a silent auction/raffle from which all proceeds will be donated directly to those affected. The Popcorn Tavern is also donating all proceeds from sales during the benefit to the cause.

Baldwin Touts PFAS Funds, Hopes For More

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., said she’s working to find more federal funding to help communities in the La Crosse area deal with the high cost of treating water for PFAS contamination. Baldwin visited with municipal leaders and residents during a visit to French Island on Friday. Located on...