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

UPDATE: Names of victims in triple homicide identified, La Crosse County Sheriff's Office says

It appears to be the first triple homicide in the county in nearly three decades

House passes PFAS Action Act to address crisis, protect people from harm of 'forever chemicals'

PFAS contamination is a major issue on French Island because of firefighting foam previously used at the La Crosse Regional Airport

La Crosse man charged with substantial battery after fracas in Copeland Park

40-year-old man allegedly called pair 'faggots' and 'queers'

La Crosse development committee OKs 65-unit affordable housing development

The building in the 1100 block of Fourth Street South will target veterans and homeless individuals and families

Salmonella outbreak blamed on Illinois salads sickens 4 in Wisconsin, 5 in Illinois

La Crosse County supervisors refer creation of citizens police oversight board back to committee

Evers signs 'Ethan's Law' in memory of 7-year-old beaten and buried alive in snow

La Crosse Children's Museum to wrap up Shark Week with a 'doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo'

Oakdale fire-rescue frees driver trapped in crashed pickup in Monroe County

Weather chases La Crosse Concert Band from Riverside to Central

La Crosse Jazz Orchestra to feature Tim Henke doing Sinatra for Jazz in Park

La Crosse neighborhood residents insist on including new Weigent Park shelter in budget

La Crosse man faces several counts in connection with gunshot altercation

Roleo to test mettle, and balance, of logrollers in Onalaska

La Crosse Fire Department to run Holmen Area Fire Department for $14,583 a month in new pact

Evers signs bill to block unemployment insurance hikes to help businesses rebound, several other measures

Habitat, Thrivent invite public to write 'Prayers on Posts' at Faith Build home

Photos: Storms roil clouds throughout Coulee Region

Five injured — two seriously — in crash of pickup, two motorcycles in Buffalo County

RCU Foundation in Eau Claire announces 3 area arts groups to get $27,000 from fundraiser

UPDATE: Body of 7-year-old Miami firefighter's daughter pulled from condo rubble, but he wasn't on crew that found her

The firefighter draped his jacket over her body and placed a small American flag on the gurney

City road work, railroad crossing maintenance to affect several La Crosse streets

Road work to close section of Second Street in La Crosse beginning Tuesday

Minnesota to spend $132 million in federal rescue money to boost student recovery from pandemic effects

Brown trout takes unlimited two-year swim between Vernon County creeks

Evers vetoes Republican bill barring election administration grants to local jurisdictions

Winona Fiddlers strike up their band to raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Clayown Husmoen

June 07, 1926 - June 27, 2021

Regional planning organization to offer web training to businesses in nine counties

La Crosse doctor to Johnson: 'Get out of way' of medical experts with anti-vaccine effort

Prepare to get wet at Smigus Dyngus in Winona to celebrate Polish centennial

March of Pomeranians will round out July 31-Aug. 1 weekend

Lila Eide

December 25, 1929 - June 25, 2021

Spreading multistate salmonella outbreak tied to backyard poultry coops, CDC warns

Masks to be optional in La Crosse School District Starting July 1, superintendent announces

La Crosse man sentenced to six years in prison for gun possession as felon

Dora Filla

1934 - 2021

Minnesota ranks first, Wisconsin, third, in registered boats per capita

Four mobile food distributions set this week for La Crosse, West Salem

New ELCA bishop for La Crosse Area Synod sees role as bridge-builder, tapping gifts of congregations

DNR decision on free bottled water for French Island expected by late August