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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1 of 3 finalists for post, Engel to replace retiring Randy Nelson

Women's Fund honors Patty Barge for service to community

Roberta Zurn Award salutes Amy's Closet for helping needy

Mayo to pay nonworking staffers for regularly scheduled hours

Decision dovetails with telling staffers to stay home if COVID symptoms

North La Crosse business owner asks: When will we get 'all clear' on COVID-19?

'Where do we set our sights on hope?' NLBA President Nick Roush wonders

La Crosse MTU to go to six days, switch to hourly schedule

No reason given, although coronavirus probably culprit

Kwik Trip sets goal to hire at least 2,000 --- pronto

Hiring blitz aims to meet demand for services, company says

La Crosse superintendent promises learning during hiatus

It's possible students won't return this spring, but online efforts on horizon, Nelson says

Ashley furloughs 'small portion' of workforce because of COVID-19 effects on business

La Crosse County clerks encourage absentee ballots for COVID-19 safety

Voters can request ballots until 5 p.m. April 2

Westby Creamery soldiers on until cows come home

Two Wisconsin men die from COVID-19

Governor confirms deaths of Fond du Lac man and Ozaukee County resident

COVID-19 prompts UWL to postpone May commencement

Upper Iowa University opts for virtual ceremony

La Crosse Public Education Foundation awards nearly $41,000

Recipients range from $5,097 for sound studio to $215 for trail cameras

UW System to give students prorated refunds for housing, dining

La Crosse, Winona-Rochester dioceses cancel public Masses until May

Churches open for private prayer despite unprecedented decisions because of coronavirus

UPDATE: Patient from Tomah VA's Wis. Rapids clinic quarantined at home for COVID-19

No information is available on the veteran's gender or age

Mayo to defer elective care that can be postponed for 8 or more weeks

Mnuchin reportedly warns of 20% unemployment if $1 trillion stimulus package fails

Coronavirus fallout could be worse than 2008 financial crisis, Treasury secretary reportedly tells GOP senators

Life well lived: Sara Slayton was 'champion' of storytelling art form

'She was really one of the best,' says student Michael Scott

Walz orders Minnesota restaurants, bars to close to diners at 5 p.m. Tuesday

Eateries can offer pickup, delivery under coronavirus order

Kwik Trip launches free delivery through EatStreet amid coronavirus fears

Beer, liquor and tobacco products are excluded

Guard members answer call to duty to drive cruise passengers home

Vernon declares public health emergency

Evers orders all Wisconsin K-12 schools to close

Closings to start March 18, but schools can do earlier

YMCA plans new locker rooms at Dahl, warm water pool at Houser

Organization seeks donations to raise final $400,000

La Crosse County officials recommend canceling events for more than 250

Health director also urges travelers to submit new form

RootinCrown consignment shop in La Crosse finds new digs near downtown

Community Conversation to address mental illness as spiritual path

Wis. Gymnastics Hall-of-Famer Cheryl Hancock marvels at sport's enrichment of her life

Holmen school board member leaped from balance beam to coach to longtime judge

Gas prices plunge, with Woodman's posting lowest, at $1.99, as others near $2

Spiral will continue for weeks, analyst says

Entrepreneur contest tests students' mettle in science, tech

La Crosse had previous winner in business plan competition

Mulvaney out, Meadows in as Trump's chief of staff

Dave Skogen named to JA of Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame

Winona-Fillmore Habitat for Humanity seeks fundraising, building teams

County Board Chair Tara Johnson laments Trump's 'broken promises'

Couleecap head has high hopes for state homeownership task force

Texas men accused of stealing checks in La Crosse, Onalaska

Allegedly stole from mailboxes, doctored checks, tried to cash

La Crosse students lobby House members to make tiny frog state amphibian

Summit pupils testify for Billings' spring peeper bill

Chick-fil-A restaurant proposed for former school site in Onalaska

A Shorewood, Minn., firm seeks an amendment to allow fast-food spot and more retail space

New Wisconsin law makes bestiality a felony in the state

Repeat offender's record propelled legislation