LA CROSSE (WKBT) -- The La Crosse School Board voted 6-2 to close Lincoln Middle School at Monday night's board meeting. 

La Crosse School District Superintendent Aaron Engel explained that the recommendation comes due to declining enrolment and the cost of maintaining those facilities.


Ken is ecstatic to work in his home state of Wisconsin. After graduating from UW-Madison in 2017 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, he got his career started in Sports. He spent two years as a Weekend Sports Anchor at the CBS affiliate station in Bismarck, North Dakota, and then spent the last three years as WKBT’s Sports Director. Ken is humbled and excited to be promoted to News Anchor at 5, 6, and 10, and while he won’t be anchoring sports anymore, he’ll still be following all Wisconsin sports teams and Coulee Region high school athletics. Ken and his wife Leah love the La Crosse area and are excited to stick around WKBT and keep working on their house!

Favorite band: It varies by day. He’d say he’s pretty eclectic.

Favorite movie: Inception

Family: Wife Leah and their two dogs: 2-year-old black Lab named Bear, and 3-month old golden retriever named Bella.

Pizza: Pepperoni and bacon

Sports teams: All Wisconsin teams, especially the Brewers and Packers

Thing he’s bad at: Drawing, or basically anything you’d do in Art class

Favorite way to spend a day off?: Playing tennis with Leah, having some fun meals, and then spending time together with the puppies


Emily Haugen graduated from the University of St. Thomas in May 2021 with a degree in communication and journalism with minors in English and political science.  She was raised in Fairmont, Minnesota, a small town located along I-90 with her three siblings and cat named Batman. She loves the Midwest and all its seasons, so she’s excited to experience them in La Crosse.

During her time at St. Thomas, Emily worked at the student-run news organization TommieMedia, where she anchored, reported and eventually directed the organization. She also interned at the Under-Told Stories Project for PBS NewsHour where she learned about solutions-based journalism and created a podcast episode about the Rondo Land Bridge in St. Paul.

Emily has always loved storytelling, creating everything from newspapers to plays as a kid.

For fun, Emily loves to paint, play guitar and go for runs. She ran Grandma’s Marathon in 2019 and the Twin Cities Marathon this fall!

Forecast Update

Turning Sunny Later Today. Mild

February 7, 2023 @ 6:03 am

Cloudy Early, Then Clearing. Mild

Plan my day

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the low 20s.
Clear to partly cloudy. Low 21F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the low 30s.