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.

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

Noted trait: Warped sense of humor.


CDC lab tests find Better Homes and Gardens aromatherapy sold at Walmart may contain potentially fatal bacteria

Minnesotan among four nationwide who became ill from sme type of bacteria; residents of Georgia and Kansas died

La Crosse School District to start 'Test and Stay' COVID program to keep students in in-person classes

La Crosse Parks Board approves lease for old Fish Lab building in Riverside Park as entertainment venue

Expanding psychiatric, behavioral health services in Eau Claire, Marathon counties to help residents in 29 counties

Grants are part of $125 million in state building commission grants

ALERT: Fort Atkinson man, unseen since Oct. 5, listed as missing and endangered

Trempealeau police officer cited for failure to yield after crash in village

Crawford County horse dies in first confirmed case of equine West Nile virus in Wisconsin since 2018

Wisconsin has not had any human cases this year, although other states have experienced spikes in the mosquito-borne illness

La Crosse County surveys folks about biggest sources of life quality, future threats

Responses will help craft Envision 2050 plan

Medford man killed in head-on crash with semi cab in Monroe County

After months of debate, La Crosse Common Council OKs rezoning for former fisheries lab

Waunakee woman faces two homicide charges for Monroe County fatal crash on I-94

Bankruptcy court OKs plan designating $22.6 million in assets from Winona-Rochester Diocese to 145 sexual abuse survivors

Family discloses Minnesota elementary principal's suicide to highlight mental health issue

Health agencies confirm 22 measles cases in Wisconsin, but none now active at Fort McCoy

Five apply for Sparta School Board seat vacated when Solberg resigned under mask pressure

City of La Crosse designates La Crosse Community Foundation to administer $2 million from rescue act to nonprofits

Eau Claire man sentenced to 8 years for distributing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine

Fort McCoy dive and rescue team finds body of fisherman missing since Wednesday near Buffalo City

Several other agencies participated in search for the 74-year-old, whose boat capsized

Vernon County sheriff enlists several agencies to find missing 79-year-old rural Stoddard man

Rescue teams search for nearly 5.5 hours until K9 and handler find the man safe in woods near his home

Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy thrust into adjusting to things they've never seen, soldier says

Lt. Col. Erik Archer, a military science prof at UWL, illustrates adjustments through anecdotes, poem

Walz designates $15 million in federal American Rescue funds for COVID-19 mitigation in emergency shelters

Arguments over mandatory masks prompt outbursts, scuffling at Sparta Area School Board meeting

National Beer Institute lists Ron Kind among bipartisan dozen Beer Champions of year

La Crosse man jailed in Trempealeau County, accused of possessing meth with intent

West Salem superintendent disputes rumor that districts get bonuses for requiring masks

Monday linkies — NOT FOR PUBLICATION

Prairie du Chien police investigate fatal train-pedestrian incident

La Crosse police, other agencies arrest 4, seize $41,000 worth of fentanyl in citywide sweep

MVC, land alliance tap Paul E. Stry Foundation in La Crosse for Land Legacy Award

Thurs links — NOT for publication

UWL faculty, students create documentary of personal stories, experiences of 9/11

Original play, with accounts of witnesses, survivors and rescue personnel, will premiere Oct. 15 in UWL's Toland Theatre

Old La Crosse Fire Station No. 5 climbs ladder to State Register of Historic Places

Propane tank adapter hoses sold at Home Depot, Walmart recalled

Hoses might swell and leak gas, federal consumer agency says

Public input sessions help ease tensions over use of old fish lab at Riverside Park, La Crosse official says

Sparta School Board member Eric Solberg, targeted for recall over mask mandate, resigns

Winona issues drinking water warning in certain area because of possible contamination

Minnesota Gov. Walz appoints council to crank up post-pandemic economy

Oktoberfest Medallion hunters: Hone your skills for clue kickoff Monday

Jackson County deputies arrest woman in man's death

52-year-old woman accused of first-degree intentional homicide