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Friday, June 09, 2006

Onalaska news

Josh Mervis continues to move forward with placing a team in greater LaCrosse. He's proposing a set of major improvements to Onalaska's OmniCenter, including rebuilding the second building around the existing ice sheet. Still, many issues remain, including cost to the city, impact on surrounding land, traffic and parking needs, scheduling of users and the fundraising efforts to complete the facility.

UPDATE: Here are the minutes from the meeting of the Community Development Authority of the City of Onalaska last Friday. I haven't read it yet, but it appears to be a heavy dose of local discussion regarding Mervis placing a USHL team in Onalaska...

Comments on "Onalaska news"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:16 PM, June 09, 2006) : 

Mervis is such a loser. Only he would go to a important meeting like this without making sure his "presentation" worked. Hey Onalaska, here is some advice: Don't do it.


Blogger GB Puck Fan said ... (9:12 PM, June 09, 2006) : 

I hope they do it. The LaCrosse market would be a good fit for the league and since LaX isn't interested, this seems to be a good fit.


Blogger Marc Foster said ... (12:06 AM, June 10, 2006) : 

I've been told by people who attended the meeting that there was a Mac/PC compatability problem. As someone who works in a cross-platform office, I can relate to the frustration the technical incident likely caused. Maybe such issues will be a thing of the past when the new Mac G5 desktops with the Intel chip are released this fall, along with OS 10.5 (Cheetah).



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:38 PM, June 17, 2006) : 

That is true Onalaska seems that it would be a good fit however; find someone else to lead the charge. Mervis is his own biggest fan and once he got out of the comfort zone of daddy owned Danville he couldn't quite cut it in Indy. They really should think twice before letting him take charge.


Blogger Marc Foster said ... (5:21 PM, June 17, 2006) : 

Others have tried, but Mervis is the first (that I am aware of), to tackle LaCrosse via Onalaska. As for his last franchise, Mervis addresses the issues with Danville in his presentation in Onalaska, and I do not believe it was ever his intention to remain in Indianapolis once the sale & relocation was completed. Even if it was, it's clear he didn't leave the franchise in poor condition. Rhetorically, if Mervis is a bane, then why would the USHL allow him to acquire more franchises?


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