UW-L Fire Update
The weekend fire in UW-La Crosse’s Wittich Hall has been ruled an accidental electrical fire. Firefighters were called to the second oldest academic building on campus around 10:45 p.m. Saturday. The fire started in and was contained to a basement storage area, but there is extensive smoke damage throughout the building. The fire started near a power strip on the wall, according to La Crosse Fire Department investigators.
State fire investigators are expected to tour the building Tuesday. Once state officials have reviewed the site, service companies will begin the fire recovery and cleaning process. At this time, Bob Hetzel, UW-L Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, says they have no timetable of getting back into the building.
Hetzel says the center will temporarily run from Mitchell Hall. The Student Affairs Administration Department was scheduled to move from Wittich to Morris Hall at the end of June. In the meantime, that department and other offices will temporarily be housed in nearby Graff Main Hall.
Bridge Inspections Start Today In Winona
If your traveling on Highway 43 over the Mississippi River in Winona this week, expect to run into lane closures. It's that time for annual bridge inspections. Single lanes will be seen all week from 8am to 6pm and the DOT will have flaggers out letting you know where to go. These inspections take place annually with in depth inspections occurring every other year.
Off To Prison For A While
A Winona man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.
57 year old Dennis Chase was convicted last December on six counts of transportation and possession of child pornography.
The indictment alleges that Chase sent pictures and videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and had images stored on his computer and external hard drives.
One Dead In Vernon County Fire
A 78 year old woman died in a house fire Friday in Vernon County. Helen Boardman was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire at her home on Highway 35 in Genoa. The Vernon County Sheriff’s office says her son, Steve Boardman, arrived home late Friday night to find the home engulfed in flames. Members of four fire departments worked together, but the home was destroyed by the fast moving flames. An investigation is centered on finding the origin of the fatal fire.
Walker Weekly Address
Governor Scott Walker wasted no time in his weekly republican address Saturday, sending out a message that Wisconsin is now going in the right direction after a contentious year.
In his address....he said that the nation should take a look at the changes he has made here...when electing it's next President. And Barack Obama is not making the right changes.