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  1. Amtrak adds second train to Chicago, Twin Cities...
  2. The Wisconsin Great River Road – An All American Road...
  3. Idea Fund of La Crosse raises $31.5 million for another venture capital fund in Upper Midwest...
  4. RIVER POINT DISTRICT DEVELOPERS HIT STRIDE...
  5. “Collective on Fourth” housing development project breaks ground In La Crosse...
  6. Gundersen campus on the cusp of sustainable, energy-independent health care...
  7. Making a big impression in the coffee industry...
  8. More big boats heading to La Crosse this summer, after one company shut down...
  9. Wisconsin School Garden Day with GROW ...
  10. Bethel Butikk celebrates 20 years and grand re-opening...
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Amtrak adds second train to Chicago, Twin Cities


Amtrak today announced it will put a second train into service later this month, serving communities between the Twin Cities and Chicago.

Tickets are on sale now for the May 21 launch of the highly anticipated Borealis trains, offering a second daily service through La Crosse, Tomah and Winona, Minnesota. The trains will follow the route of Amtrak`s Empire Builder between the Midwestern cities and make all the same stops.

"A second daily passenger rail service connecting St. Paul to Chicago via Milwaukee is a welcome addition to our transportation system, providing more choices and travel flexibility for passengers," said Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger.

The new service will make traveling between the three states easier, and reduce the need for travelers to drive, allowing for more sustainable and productive travel, according to a news release from Amtrak Midwest...


...The Borealis trains will depart from St. Paul at 11:50 a.m. and arrive in Chicago by 7:14 p.m., and depart from Chicago at 11:05 a.m. and arrive in St. Paul at 6:29 p.m.

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The Wisconsin Great River Road – An All American Road


Join host Eric Paulsen, as he uncovers the endless experiences by rail, river, and road–the Great River Road–from fascinating museums and sensational flavors...


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Ken Notes: A great new program on the Great River Road from Discover Wisconsin! Enjoy and Share...

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Idea Fund of La Crosse raises $31.5 million for another venture capital fund in Upper Midwest


Venture capital fund is focused on tech startups in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota

The Idea Fund of La Crosse has raised $31.5 million for its second venture capital fund targeting pre- and early-stage revenue startups in the Upper Midwest, in industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, supply chains and health care.

Announced Wednesday, it is one of the three largest venture capital funds ever raised dedicated to the three-state region of Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, according to the La Crosse-based firm.

It comes as venture capital fundraising has reached the lowest level in a decade following a period of exuberant spending several years ago.

"There is just significantly less capital available to startup companies today," said Jonathon Horne, a general partner in Idea Fund of La Crosse.

“In a tough market, the new funding allows us to lean in, scaling our offerings and helping our portfolio companies move even faster and farther,” Horne said.  “Challenging times can create great companies.  With venture markets contracting, supporting our region’s most promising entrepreneurs is now more important than ever.”

The fund will make initial investments of about $500,000 to $1 million in around 20 startups, with a particular focus on the Upper Midwest. The strategy leverages the region’s experience in traditional industries such as agriculture and manufacturing, according to Horne.  

“Emerging technology is enabling companies to serve their customers in ways never thought possible ten or even five years ago," he said.

Milwaukee AI company Golgix in the portfolio

One of Idea Fund`s portfolio companies is Golgix, a Milwaukee artificial intelligence software firm that helps manufacturers predict process and machine failures ahead of time, and prevent automated manufacturing lines from grinding to a halt...

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RIVER POINT DISTRICT DEVELOPERS HIT STRIDE


 First developments rise, with four more projects to begin within the year

Through the mud and muck of the River Point District, developers are hitting their stride in getting new housing up and ready for the first time in the 30year history of the project.

In 1995, the city of La Crosse purchased a handful of parcels on the north side of the La Crosse River from a gas and oil company. Mayor Patrick Zielke and city planners began laying the groundwork for a major housing project.

The work would take quite some time. Years of oil services on the property damaged the soil and vegetation, making development of the land a gamble. It wasn`t until 2021 that development and landscaping could begin.

Late last year, the first construction sites began building housing on the 70-acre lot. Only two plots of land remain unclaimed, with developers from Milwaukee to Minneapolis getting their hands on projects throughout the district.

"What I really like about this site is that it really bridges the gap between the North and the South Side," said Mark Hammond, vice president of development at MSP Real Estate. "This is the heart of La Crosse."...


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“Collective on Fourth” housing development project breaks ground In La Crosse


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) - A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday marks the start of the new “Collective on Fourth” project in La Crosse.

Cinnaire Solutions and the Northernstar Companies are working together on the multi-family housing development.

Cinnaire vice president of development, Nicole Solheim, says the company has been working with the city to complete a development project in this neighborhood.

“This is an area that is primarily residential, but also close to a lot of employment centers. We are hoping to provide high quality, affordable housing for the workforce of La Crosse, a variety of income levels, families, individuals, and a true mixed income community that can be a great addition to the neighborhood,” says Solheim...

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Gundersen campus on the cusp of sustainable, energy-independent health care


Gundersen campus on the cusp of sustainable, energy-independent health care

ONALASKA – Hospitals operate amid constant uncertainties – ever prepared for ambulance bay doors to present new patients at any moment. 

Gundersen Health System’s Onalaska campus, Alan Eber said, will no longer have to concern itself over one vital variable: electricity. 

Thanks to a new partnership with national energy provider Xcel Energy, Eber said Gundersen’s Onalaska campus will be fully powered by its own “microgrid” by summer 2025. 

The microgrid, he said, will absolve the campus from relying on the broader electrical grid – and will be powered entirely by renewable resources already employed by the campus.

Eber is the director of Envision, which he said he calls “the sustainability and energy arm of the Bellin and Gundersen Health System.”

“(Envision) was formed as Gundersen was on its journey to energy independence,” he said. “We started that journey in 2008 and hit our first day of energy independence in 2014 – which means we generated more power using clean, renewable energy than we used off the utilities.” 

Eber said that initial run of energy independence lasted “months (as) the system grew faster than we could keep up” – as Envision continued its pursuit...


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Making a big impression in the coffee industry


Owner TJ Semanchin said at Wonderstate, it`s more than just a cup of Joe, it’s an ethical cup of Joe

VIROQUA – From its 100% solar-powered roastery to its industry-leading minimum price guarantee to its 5% giving program – the Wonderstate Coffee team strives to carry out its “great coffee has to serve a collective future” mission with each cup of Joe it serves.

Owner TJ Semanchin said Wonderstate’s passion for using high-quality beans is equally matched by its unwavering dedication to the community of farmers and farmer cooperatives.

So much so, he said, that the core of the shop’s business model is centered around farmer welfare – approaching the coffee industry through the lens of sustainable development focusing on the social, economic and ecological components.

Since day one, Semanchin said the Wonderstate team has been committed to using fair trade movement principles when it comes to farmer pay – going as far as setting its own minimum price when they thought the system wasn’t responsive enough.

“We took it upon ourselves to set a minimum price to pay the farmers, and as far as we know, it’s the highest minimum price paid in the country,” he said...


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More big boats heading to La Crosse this summer, after one company shut down


BUSINESS - More big boats heading to La Crosse this summer, after one company shut down. La Crosse will see nearly two dozen visits from big riverboats this year, despite the shutdown of the company that owns the American Queen paddlewheeler.

Jim Flottmeyer manages marine operations for the La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. He told the park board Thursday that his staff has been talking the American Cruise Lines.

“We’ll have 10 stops of American Cruise Lines, and 10 stops of Viking, which gets us 20 stops this year,” Flottmeyer told the board...

SEE ALSO:

American Cruise Lines buys four boats from bankrupt American Queen Voyages


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Wisconsin School Garden Day with GROW


FRENCH ISLAND, Wis. (WXOW) -- Students at Summit Environmental School got their hands dirty Thursday afternoon, as they taught community members and elected officials about gardening. 

That`s because Thursday was Wisconsin School Garden Day with GROW La Crosse.



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Sarah Notes: Love the child who plants a garden with his grandmother!

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Bethel Butikk celebrates 20 years and grand re-opening


WESTBY, Wis. – The community is invited to celebrate Bethel Butikk’s 20th anniversary of service and attend the grand re-opening of their newly-remodeled Thrift Shop. On Saturday, June 1, 2024, there will be a 20th Anniversary Party & Grand Re-Opening event held at Bethel Butikk, 341 Black River Ave, Westby, from 9 a.m. to noon. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. with light refreshments provided.

Bethel Home & Services, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has served community members through its three-in-one community service program, Bethel Butikk (Norwegian for “Boutique”), for 20 years. The program vision was brought to life by the late Pastor Gary Daines and continues to provide sustenance, shelter, support and prayer for community members. The Bethel Butikk program includes 1. a food pantry, 2. a thrift shop, and 3. financial assistance...


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Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission (MRRPC)


Working together to make the Mississippi River Region a great place to live and work.

The Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission provides planning and economic development services to improve the region`s environment, economy and quality of life. We serve a nine county region, providing studies and planning services, resources and data to help with your grant applications or reporting needs, and business loans.


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JON BINGOL
Executive Director
jon@mrrpc.com

KEN HARWOOD
Planner
ken@mrrpc.com

JACK ZABROWSKI
Senior Planner
Jack@mrrpc.com

SARAH OFTE
Senior Office Manager
sarah@mrrpc.com


1707 Main Street
Suite 435
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: 608.785.9396
Fax: 608.785.9394
Email: plan@mrrpc.com


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