Mike Tighe

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Mike Tighe, a former reporter for the local daily newspaper, is jazzed about reinventing himself as a multi-media journalist at WKBT-TV. Mike has extensive experience, ranging from being a reporter/editor for United Press International in Minneapolis while in college to a reporter/columnist at the La Crosse Tribune most recently. Sprinkled along his career path are reporting and editing at a weekly newspaper in Le Sueur, Minn.; the daily newspaper in Dubuque, Iowa; the Catholic Spirit weekly in the Twin Cities; the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Newsmax magazine and website in West Palm Beach.

Mike and wife Kate have been married for eight years and moved from West Palm to La Crosse a few months after their wedding in a picturesque winery near Dubuque. Before you ask, “WhyinHELL would anybody move from Florida to Wisconsin?”, here’s the answer: Mike grew up in Nebraska and Kate, in southwest Wisconsin, so the cold doesn’t scare them as much as the heat, traffic and rude Northerners who populate much of South Florida. Now living in Onalaska, they’ve got two dogs: an aging, sometimes crabby, cockapoo named Jazzy, and an entertaining, frisky poodle named Nico. Mike also has three adult children and three grandkids in the Twin Cities. And he has a ventriloquist dummy named Lester, but Mike’s lips move when he “performs.”

Favorite band?
Abba, although I reserve my highest regard for ’60s singer/songwriter Gene Pitney for his contributions to music with his groundbreaking recording techniques. Best song EVER is Pitney’s “It Hurts to Be in Love.”

Favorite movie?
“Once Upon a Time in the West,” which is incredibly long (2 hours, 45 minutes), all the better to see old Western stars: Henry Fonda, in one of his few purely evil character roles that also enhances his mesmerizing blue eyes; Jason Robards, as one tough hombre; Charles Bronson as harmonica-playing gunslinger, and Claudia Cardinale, as feisty widow.

Do you have a personal motto or quote that inspires you?
Don’t let the bastards get you down.

Favorite way to spend a day off?
Usually puttering with an odd job or doing yard work, which I absolutely HATE. Also known for planting a few tomatoes, which do OK, and potatoes, which turn out to be miserable fails.

What are you bad at and wish you could do better?
Golf. I grew up playing on a little nine-hole course in Nebraska that had a puddle for a water hazard and something that amounted to a kiddie-size sandbox as a bunker. I considered myself relatively competent — until I moved to Florida and had to play on real courses with oceans for water hazards and deserts for bunkers. The only way I’ll be able to hit my age — a goal of many golfers — is to live to 95, my lowest score so far.

Favorite food?
Peanut butter and pickle sandwich — well, maybe not my favorite, but that’s my favorite go-to in a pinch.

Pizza?
Meat lovers — definitely not my kids’ preference of sauerkraut and Canadian bacon. (Who DOES that to a pizza?)

Noted trait: Warped sense of humor.

Articles

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Last year's Irish Rose and Irishman step up for delayed roles in March 13 parade

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Some Wisconsin higher education students can apply for FoodShare

Walz announces Mall of America as community COVID-19 vaccine site

La Crosse County, city housing authorities awarded $1.6 million in HUD grants

La Crosse furniture bank for needy grows into hiring director

It takes a dedicated spouse, family to serve Wisconsin Air National Guard, tend to farm

Western student selected as DREAM scholar from hundreds of applicants

Great Rivers United Way program to Zoom through mobile pay apps

Misunderstanding about the future of La Crosse Vietnam War memorial ironed out

Bail reduced from $5,000 to $770 for West Salem woman accused of imprisoning, assaulting man

Eau Claire police investigate fatal shooting, hold potential suspect

Walz extends Minnesota's peacetime emergency, with focus on vaccine distribution

La Farge Methodist church's Widow's Mite Ministry does mighty good deeds

Evers declares energy emergency to rebound from weather snags on delivering oil, propane

Evers proposes $150 million to expand BadgerCare for mental health, telehealth, substance abuse

La Crosse Promise hires executive director

Winona-Rochester Diocese announces $21.5 million settlement with 145 sexual abuse survivors

4 of Wisconsin's 5 zones frozen enough for higher weight limits for some trucks

VARC to save Viroqua's Cheese Corner from permanent cutting board

New Wisconsin conservation group aims to connect women landowners, foster sustainability

When doves die, Prince's fans cry

2 La Crosse police groups object to possible oversight board but OK with advisory unit

UW Regents approve more than $2.1 million for three major building projects at UWL

Onalaska Rotarians donate $7,367 to Food Basket for commercial-grade freezer

Winona Health urges patience in quest for COVID-19 vaccinations

Minnesota Southeast grad returns to help students in Red Wing, Winona meet basic needs

La Crosse police arrest felon, seize drugs worth $36,000 and $14,500 cash

U-Haul official cites desire to 'blend in' as La Crosse residents quiz him on old Kmart plans

2 Minnesotans sentenced for conspiring to deliver meth in Prairie du Chien

10 La Crosse mayoral candidates address racism, budgeting amid COVID-19, other issues

Wisconsin state superintendent candidates slap vouchers with an 'F'

Coulee COVID-19 Collaborative reports optimistic numbers, but three deaths

$969,000 Fort McCoy renovation project to be completed soon

Evers sets new Wisconsin health emergency, mask requirements

Gundersen buys part of old CenturyLink building from Weber Group 'to benefit local community'

La Crosse County Health Department posts vaccine request form

New Wisconsin license plate honors utility workers for keeping lights on

Friends of La Crosse library set 'Grab and Go Book Sale' for Saturday