Missing Drunk Student Found Monday
More details now about a close call in La Crosse this weekend.
Holmen Clashes With Town Of Ona On Fire Costs
Not all fire service is created equal...
That's one stumbling block holding up a new agreement on fire protection for Holmen and the towns of Holland and Onalaska. Last week, the Onalaska town board voted to withdraw from the fire district unless Holmen pays more of the cost, since it gets the vast majority of calls. Holmen administrator Scott Heinig says charging by the call is not fair to his community. Heinig claims if the town of Onalaska withdraws at the end of 2013, as it threatens to do, then Holmen and Holland will continue their partnership.
New Riverboat Scheduled For First Lax Visit This Week
Riverboat lovers in La Crosse will get their first look this week at the newest paddlewheeler to cruise the upper Mississippi.
The 'Queen of the Mississippi' is on its first trip from St. Louis to St. Paul, and will arrive at La Crosse's Riverside Park early Thursday morning. The 150-passenger boat will be docked in La Crosse for about 10 hours before continuing upriver, and it will make three more visits to La Crosse this fall. Also, the American Queen will return to the city on September 19th, for the first time in four years. The old 'Mississippi Queen' was dismantled last year, and the Delta Queen is permanently docked in Tennessee.
A Few More Tips, But No Breakthrough In Cold Case Murder
A very hot summer has gone by in Vernon County, without much movement on a notorious cold case.
Last May, the sheriff's department in Viroqua asked the public to help solve the murder of an unknown woman that occurred in 1984. Sheriff John Spears has been trying to make the media beyond western Wisconsin aware of the killing. The woman's body had no hands, and she didn't match any missing person description at the time. Investigators believe she was killed outside Vernon County, and the body was brought over county lines.
Tens of Thousands in Fire Fees Collected
There was plenty of grousing when a vast list of new fees went into effect for the city of La Crosse at the beginning of the year. But those fees have meant a surge in revenue for some departments. The fire department, which began collecting new fees for everything from fire pits to false alarms on January first, has padded the city's coffers with tens of thousands of dollars. The recreational fire pit permit alone has generated 23 thousand dollars. A fire inspection fee for businesses has brought in 67 thousand dollars so far this year. Those fees can range from about a hundred dollars for the smallest businesses to several hundred dollars.