Wild Fire Season Has Struck
It's that time of year again....time for wild fires. And they have kept some fire department busy so far. Like this weekend where the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department was called out to theTownship of Bergen where a wild land fire was heading toward a shed. And it got worse than that. The Department found 2-sheds were fully engulfed in fire. Fire was also in direct contact with a 500 gallon LP cylinder and another shed. In the end, fire had destroyed 2 sheds and a car, a 3rd shed recieved minor structure damage and home exterior damage was reported to the 2nd floor and 2 rooms on 1st floor. The dry vegetation and wind gusts caused the valley the wild land fire moved up the hill at an alarming rate. Winds were gusting as high as 29mph.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department.
Soldiers Going To College In Droves
In recent years there's been a 57 percent jump in veteran and service member enrollment in state colleges and universities in Minnesota. And the number will continue to climb with more troops coming home soon, says Steve Frantz, the veterans re-entry education director for MNSCU.
He says his staff is doing whatever they can for troops to be able to transition into students again and let them know what available fields they can get into or what classes they have available for those wanting more training in their military field.
2 Area Bball Teams In Championships
Both area boys basketball teams will be playing tomorrow for state championship gold balls. Earlier today, G-E-T beat Marshall 55-53 and will now play Brillion in the championship game tomorrow afternoon. Onalaska beat Milwaukee Pius XI, 38-32 to advance to the championship game tomorrow against Kaukauna at 6:35.
Frac Sand Mining To Be Debated Monday At La Crescent
The foes of frac sand mining in southeast Minnesota have plenty of questions about the business...which they would like answered while local governments impose moratoriums on the mining.
Residents of Houston County may get some of those answers at a hearing Monday night, held at La Crescent High School. Kelly Stanage, a member of the 'Houston County Protectors' opposition group, says property values near a frac sand mine are just one concern of her organization. Stanage says frac sand mining also could cause local taxes to rise, because truck traffic associated with the mines might cause road damage that would have to be fixed. The hearing begins at 6:30.
Third Gold Ball In Basketball For Hilltoppers
It took 20 years, but Onalaska has another gold ball in its trophy case for a state basketball championship...
The Hilltoppers captured their first basketball title at state since 1992 over the weekend, and they brought the trophy to the high school at a welcome-home rally on Sunday.
Onalaska head coach Craig Kowal said the fans were crucial to winning the championship. This is the third state title for Onalaska in boys basketball. Their first championship occurred in 1988. The rally was held outdoors in summer-like weather at the high school football field.