Skyrockers Celebrate 82 Years This Weekend
The La Crosse Skyrockers New Year's Eve fireworks shows are the oldest community sponsored displays in the country. The Early Bird show at 6PM is a tradition from the 1950s for the young people and others who want to enjoy a celebration at a more convenient time. The Midnight show has been broadcast on radio since 1957 and on TV since 1985. And President, Pat Bonaduer, says their not just seen in Lacrosse.
The Fall are on of the Skyrockers annual trademarks. This year marks the 82nd anniversary for the local group. When the Main Channel bridge was dedicated in September 1939, a precursor for the modern Riverfest, they were there doing the fireworks. When Oktoberfest wanted special shows for their 25th Anniversary, they were there. In 1991, they hosted an international pyrotechnic convention here that was the largest convention in La Crosse history.
Fire Displaces Market Street Family
A house fire the day after Christmas brings hardship to a family on Market Street in La Crosse...
Firefighters were called to the 14-hundred block of Market shortly after 1 p-m on Monday. Heavy smoke and fire were discovered in the three-story house. No family members were home at the time, but the family lost two dogs.
Wisconsin Population Growing Slowly
Wisconsin's population is growing at a glacial rate. That's according to new census bureau numbers released today. The state gained just about 25 thousand people from April of 2010 through July of 2011. That's a rate of just .4%, which is about half the national rate of population growth of just under one percent. Wisconsin now has about 5.7 million people. Overall, the U.S. population increased by 2.8 million to 311.6 million.
Central Helping Salvation Army Today
The Salvation Army will be handing out food and Christmas presents today at their location at 319 Main Street. The entire Central High School basketball program and their youth program will again be helping the Salvation Army from approximately 4pm 7pm. This will entail over 100 athletes and parents, coaches and staff from La Crosse Central's Basketball program.
This is the 2nd year Central has provided manpower to help the Salvation Army.
Last year they helped hand out food and presents to over 400 families and over 1100 children.
Bartender Stabbed After Attempting to Break Up Fight
A couple people face charges in La Crosse after a bartender was stabbed last night. A bartender at John's bar downtown was stabbed after trying to break up a fight outside. 32 year-old Anquin St. Junious from La Crosse apparently was the knife-wielder and 35 year-old Kimberly St. Junious, from Rockford, Illinois, was also arrested after the stabbing. The bartender was taken to the hospital for surgery. Anquin was also taken to the hospital but it's unclear whether his injuries also required surgery.