Need for Smokes Nets La Crosse Guy Second OWI on Same Day
Police let you go from getting your first OWI, you'd probably go home and lick your wounds, right? Not Ben Hanson. He's the La Crosse guy who got arrested twice for drunk driving on Saturday. First time, he blew a .40 at the scene. Four and a half hours later cop got him at a .31. For OWI number two, Hanson told the cop he was driving because he needed some cigarettes. Well provisioned for the trip; police counted a case of beer, a twelve pack and three icy cold six packs in Hanson's car. Three cold cans were already missing.
Fire Chief Not Identifying Ideal Station Location, Numbers
The ideal number of fire stations in La Crosse? Depends on what kind of outcome you're after, says fire chief Gregg Cleveland. The chief has told a city council committee looking at his department that a couple fire stations are not located in ideal spots. But he remains noncommittal about whether the city has enough stations altogether. Cleveland says only that more stations means lower response times and fewer stations means longer response times. Cleveland says, you could put a fire truck on every corner, but that isn't necessarily the most cost effective way to run a fire department.
Sen. Klobuchar Hopeful About Debt Deal
From the middle of the country, it looks like little progress is being made toward a debt reduction deal in Washington.
But from the middle of the U-S Senate, the moderate center, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is optimistic that agreement can be reached before an early August deadline. While touring a dairy farm near Caledonia on Saturday, Democrat Klobuchar pointed out that a debt plan needs more than a simple majority to pass...it needs 60 votes.
Klobuchar believes billions could be cut just in areas such as defense spending. She says Minnesota residents want to see 'shared sacrifice' at the federal level.
Gun Training Classes the New Hit Thing
Firearms training is the new hot thing in Wisconsin.
The state's concealed carry law requires some form of training in order to pack a weapon. It's led to a great amount of interest in training classes at the Onalaska Gander Mountain Academy
Ben Halvorsen's an instructor at Gander Mountain where, he says, all the instructors have a military or law enforcement background. The six hour class at the academy will cover everything from how to stand to when to use a firearm. Halvorsen says price for the class is $99.
2 Hour Lake Search Saturday Ends Well
2 people stranded on Rosebud Island in Lake Onalaska late Saturday, were found safe and sound after a somewhat hectic search was conducted.
Shortly after 11pm, Brice Prairie EMS & Rescue was dispatched to a report of two people stranded on an island somewhere in Lake Onalaska. Six volunteers responded with two Brice Prairie Boats, and began a search of the lake. With assistance from La Crosse Emergency Dispatch, it was determined via cell phone coordinates that the two were on Rosebud Island.
A ground search was conducted by two teams from Brice Prairie and MedLink Air Helicopter. After an hour and a half search by MedLink the pair were found around 12:35am. Both people received minor cuts and scrapes, and returned home shortly after 1am.