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.


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Wisconsin CAP agency names La Crosse region official exceptional staffer of year

Shelly Teadt honored for dedication, service to Couleecap

Wisconsin Assembly pushes to require national anthem at sporting events

Measure covers events at taxpayer-funded venues

Longtime La Crosse County employee named health director

Minnesota can vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds this week on 'path to normalcy,' Walz says

FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit to offer discounts to eligible households

Houston, Minn., man gets Civil Servant Leadership Award from Army Corps of Engineers

Something to fawn over: Twin deer born in La Crescent yard

'Beloved teacher, trusted colleague' art teacher in La Crosse gets state award

Lynnae Burns has served public education for almost three decades

La Crosse committee approves spending another $150,000 related to PFAS probe near airport

Onalaska police: Remains found April 25 ID'd as Tyler Henry, missing since Sept. 2

City Brewing's rezoning request to raze houses for employee parking advances to La Crosse Common Council

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'From the Desk of Donald J. Trump' doesn't allow talk-back

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Kind, House Organic Caucus propose bill to improve oversight of standards

Trempealeau sheriff's K-9 Luke sniffs out three cases in one-day crackdown of about 40 traffic stops

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Minnesota vaccination campaign focuses on 16-, 17-year-olds

UPDATE: Vernon County sheriff ID's two killed in Genoa crash Tuesday

Minnesota Gov. Walz signs law for emergency funding to cover Wright demonstrations

Artspire seeks entries that draw inspiration from La Crosse

Rural Westby man injured after sneezing causes crash

UW-La Crosse faculty, students research affordable housing shortage, suggest solutions

For Earth Day, Tomah Health official reflects on success of recycling, cutting waste

UWL honor societies clean up neighborhoods where students live off campus

Evers orders review, updating of Wisconsin state law agencies' use-of-force policies

DMI La Crosse wins Best Retail Event award in WEDC revitalization contest

150 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers from Sparta-based unit to deploy to Eastern Europe

La Crosse man sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for possessing gun as a felon

La Crosse County Board decides racism as health crisis, proposes resolutions

Tomah elementary principal picked to head Northside Elementary in La Crosse

No-contact bail list grows for La Crosse man accused of attempted homicide

VARC expands summer outdoor movies to include La Crosse

HorseSense fundraiser urges Kentucky Derby fans to party on — at home

'Great public-private partnership': Viking, American Queen to invest in La Cross levee improvements

UPDATE: 13-year-old Dodgeville youth found safe

Boy was found around 8:30 p.m. inside a Dodgeville residence, police say

Wisconsin DNR seeks public suggestions for next decade of wolf management

Save the date: Tomah's July 4 parade to be July 3, but fireworks still set for Fourth