Dam Work On The Horizon
Some dams in the area may be getting facelifts or torn down completely. Fifteen publicly owned dams throughout Wisconsin could get a total of three and a half million dollars to fix, replace, or remove them. The DNR says the dams have the biggest need for outside grants because of the risk they pose, and the communities' lack of ability to do the needed work.
The local governments that own the dams must now submit details to the D-N-R on what they plan to do.
The local dams are located in Juneau, Crawford and Trempealeau Counties.
Suspicious Activity May Be Linked to Burglary in Onalaska
Just before 1, today an Onalaska resident getting his mail noticed three suspicious people walking along the tree line near his home in the Oak Park addition. When the resident asked the three men what they were doing they ran toward a vehicle. The vehicle, a 1996 maroon Dodge Intrepid, had Kansas license plates 409 ECC.
The three men, two white and one black, may be linked to a forced entry burglary that occurred on Birch Street earlier today.
The Onalaska Police Department is telling residents to not approach these men and is asking that anyone seeing the vehicle to contact Dispatch. Anyone noticing suspicious activity in their neighborhood is advised to contact the Onalaska Police Department immediately.
Head of DSPS Likes Direction New State Agency is Going
The head of a new Wisconsin state department sees areas of improvement in his own agency. Dave Ross is the secretary of the newly formed department of Safety and Professional Services. He recognizes that his agency can significantly improve on investigating professional license holders
Ross's agency was formed this summer when the state's Commerce department was dismantled. His department recently dealt with the discipline of UW system doctors who handed out bogus sick notes for teachers attending protests in Madison.
Insurance Group Concerned Over Ending Exchange Work
A decision to snub a federal law could come back to bite Wisconsin. The Walker administration has ended work on a state health insurance exchange as mandated by a federal health care overhaul. From the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, Pete Dougherty worries that the move could mean the feds eventually take over establishing the health exchange if the Supreme Court upholds the law
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the controversial law, the state will have just a few months to establish an exchange.
La Crosse Committee Agrees to Fund Study
La Crosse will likely be in on the financing of a study to determine whether moving an interstate exit is a good idea. A city council committee has signed off on putting in ten thousand dollars towards the fifty thousand dollar study to consider alternatives for interstate exit 3. The DOT is planning work on the exit and some have questioned whether that might be an opportunity to move the exit in order to create opportunities for development and remove some northside homes from the floodlplain. La Crosse county, the city of Onalaska and the La Crosse Area Planning Committee would also help fund the study.