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 Shoreview, Minn., 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.


Thief scales fence, steals catalytic converter from Winona County Habitat for Humanity truck

Oregon man sentenced to 60 months for brandishing knife on Amtrak train in Monroe County

Gofundme drive for Monroe County family who lost four children in blaze approaches $200,000 goal

Authorities staking out abandoned vehicle in Wabasha arrest owner on drug charges

Onalaska School District asks residents to take survey to plot future

74-year-old man killed when pinned under tractor in Bangor Township

Wisconsin DHS slates $6 million to expand training, ease CNA shortage in nursing homes

Westby Area High School choral director retires in concert featuring 28 years of alumni

You can’t keep a good Muse down: Popular North Side theater to move to Cavalier

Take me to your teacher: Western Technical College slates robotics course in Viroqua

DNR seeks public comment on project to improve Prairie du Chien drinking water

VIDEO: La Crescent police officer escorts black bear out of city without incident

Winona stained-glass firm wins award from Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

Associated Crafts & Willet Hauser Architectural Glass meticulously restores complex stained-glass window

La Crosse council OKs $262,000 from rescue money for Houska Park Campground improvements

Money will go toward restroom facilities, dumpsters, staffing and security, among other things

In the clutch: Four peregrine falcon chicks hatch in Dairyland Power’s Alma nesting box

La Crosse-based utility's Falcon Cam lets folks watch chicks' progress

Sweet: Gemütlichkeit Foundation resumes Forks and Corks scholarship fundraiser

St. Charles man injured when 40-foot truck rear-ends his stopped vehicle in Vernon County

Wisconsin DHS declares Gundersen Holmen Clinic a Big Shot in state

Make Music La Crosse to feature variety of free musical events on summer solstice

Saint Mary’s in Winona to phase out 11 under-enrolled majors, lay off 13 faculty members

Continuing scourge of avian flu propels Wisconsin ban on moving domestic birds to live events

La Crosse students exercise green thumbs to raise green for new playgrounds swings

Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori students blossom during botany unit

Reopening set for Elroy-Sparta State Trail after four-year closure because of flood damage

Ribbon-cutting May 14 to celebrate new bridges, culverts, other repairs that cost more than $2.3 million

Ho-Chunk Nation, Fort McCoy reps to sign pact on protection of Native American sites on fort grounds

With Wisconsin State Fair right around corner — in August — ticket deals spring forth

Admission tickets cut from regular price of $17 to $12 through June 30

Onalaska School District task force recommends referendum to help address facility needs

Middle and high schools should take priority, task force says

Festival Foods announces 40th store in chain, to be in Kimberly, Wis.

New store, to open in 2023, will be in a former Shopko

Sleep study finds remote workers napping on company time, at home

Pandemic contributes to disrupted sleep patterns, survey finds

FSC to open meditation path to public day before World Labyrinth Day

Wisconsin Gov. Evers, seven other Midwest governors press EPA for year-round cheaper gas

Chippewa County pharmacy agrees to pay $20,000 on federal drug dispensing allegations

Crawford County sheriff alleges Onalaska sisters are among main meth suppliers in southwest Wisconsin

Houston County Sheriff Mark Inglett won’t seek re-election

TDS breaks ground in Onalaska for high-speed fiber internet network

Network to serve 12,000 addresses in Onalaska and Sparta

Wisconsin DOJ clears Eau Claire police actions during incident after which man died

New ‘FABfab’ exhibit at Children’s Museum of La Crosse lets patrons become fabulous FABricators

Museum will expand hours starting next week

33rd annual Arbor Day celebration in La Crosse Friday to include tree planting

Inferno aftermath propels detour for Hwy. 53 north through downtown La Crosse

The detour, to be in place until further notice, affects all vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Democratic US Senate primary race tightens in quest to take on Ron Johnson, Marquette poll finds

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes still leads Bucks exec Alex Lasry, according to survey

Three women, two men named finalists for UW-Madison chancellor post

A special regent committee selected the finalists from a list of candidates that a 21-member search and screen committee selected.