Vaccines Yes But No Recommendation for Mandate from Health Nurse
Despite tremendous increases in preventable diseases like whooping cough and measles in Wisconsin, you won't find Traci Lien advocating for mandatory vaccines. The La Crosse county public health nurse, however, will strongly recommend vaccinationations. And she tries to educate about risks associated with the diseases
There is no mandate for vaccinations in the US. However, all fifty states require vaccinations in order to attend public school with certain exemptions available for personal, religious or medical reasons.. Lien says the increasing numbers of those opting to not get vaccinations in part explains recent disease outbreaks.
La Crosse Catholic Parish Begins 150th Anniversary
La Crosse's Catholic community marks a major anniversary.
A year-long celebration of the La Crosse parish's 150th birthday begins this Sunday, with a mass led by Bishop William Callahan. The bishop says the observance also will celebrate the many ethnic groups that settled in La Crosse during its early days. It's also the 50th anniversary of the current St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral on Main Street, dedicated in May of 1962.
Storms Come And Go...May Come Back Again
(AP) Storms packing high winds and windshield-shattering hail have rumbled across central Minnesota, but no serious damage or injuries are reported. National Weather Service meteorologist Byron Paulson says a brief tornado touchdown was reported Tuesday near Brooten in west-central Minnesota, but there was no significant damage. Paulson say hail measuring 1.75 inches shattered windshields in Albany in central Minnesota. Winds whipped up to 60 mph or better in Benton County. Another round of storms is possible Wednesday afternoon and evening across southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Fitness Fest This Weekend
The Fourth Annual Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival is this weekend and event planner, Pam Pfister, explains what it's all about.
New this year is the La Crosse Omnium Championship. Stage one racing begins on Saturday near Nodine Minnesota at the Ridgeway Community School. Stage two launches Saturday evening from the foot of the world famous Grandad Bluff. This closed course, race of truth against the clock, goes virtually straight up Grandad, climbing 686 feet in 2.37 miles. Stage three is a classic Criterium race--flat, fast, and furious with final runs going through downtown La Crosse.
No Bat Disease Found
(AP) Wisconsin wildlife officials say another survey has turned up no sign of a deadly bat disease. White-nose syndrome causes bats to wake up during hibernation and quickly deplete their energy stores. Federal wildlife officials estimated in January the disease has killed as many as 6.7 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada.
The state Department of Natural Resources conducted a survey of more than 100 potential hibernacula in the winter of 2010-11 and found to traces of the disease. DNR officials say a survey of 114 sites this past winter found no sign of the disease, either. But they remained convinced the disease is bound to appear sometime.