Missing Man Found After Large Search Near Nodine
The search, on the ground and by helicopter, turned up a 41-year-old man who had walked away from a campground on Friday night, apparently intending to harm himself. He apparently was dehydrated, and was taken to the Winona hospital for treatment. The man was not wearing his backpack when he was found, but police later discovered a handgun along with the pack and other belongings.
City Council Members Looking for Vacancy Impacts
There's plenty of vacancies in La Crosse's city hall. Seems like none of them are getting filled. And city council member Marilyn Wigdahl wonders what kind of negative effect on city services that will have over time. Like the seven vacancies currently in the city's fire department. Wigdahl worries about what would happen if that department is short-staffed during a major fire in the city. She's also convinced that, with too many vacancies, the fire department will simply have to shut down a fire station at some point. Wigdahl is among those asking for a report on how vacancies left unfilled by mayoral directive are impacting city departments.
No One Hurt in Standoff
No injuries but the man involved in a standoff with LaCrosse cops remains in the hospital. At about 8:30 Saturday night police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home on the 12 hundred block on 16th street. When cops tried to enter the homeowner fired his gun. Police got geared up with bulletproof vests and high powered rifles before creating a perimeter around the south side LaCrosse home. After holing himself up in his house for about five hours the man surrendered himself to police. Cops say they can't release the name of the guy behind the standoff because he's checked into the hospital. Neighbors say he's a nice guy and serves as a local firefighter.
Smoke Ban at One Week
After one week, you might understand if the state of Wisconsin was still in a transition mode under the state's new indoor workplace smoking ban. Actually, Smokefree Wisconsin's Maureen Busalacchi says things are going pretty well. Even at bars. Busalacchi says that non-smokers are venturing out and exploring taverns that would have avoided before because of the smoke. Busalacchi contends that any business bars are losing now by going non-smoking, they'll more than make up for later. But, she admits, there just might be some bars that don't survive having the state go non-smoking indoors.
Smoking Tickets Minimal So Far in La Crosse
So far in La Crosse, if you've collected a ticket for smoking indoors, count yourself among the very, very unlucky. Police say they've written just four tickets to those violationg Wisconsin's new indoor workplace smoking ban. The tickets are 164 dollars. Those tickets were written to individuals smoking in just two establishments, police say; The Helm and Del's Bar. Both of those were given warnings. The law requires businesses get warned before being cited for allowing smoking indoors.