It's Not Really A Website Fail......Yet
It was supposed to help people out during storms and bad weather events. But La Crosse County Emergency Management Director, Keith Butler, says a storm and information website they created...well....it's just not working.
He says the Alert Lacrosse dot org website needs to be manned every day and right now they just don't have the resources to do that. They will, in the meantime, provide educational information and emergency related links for their web viewers.
Viola Company Fined.....Again
OSHA calls it a lack of commitment to workers' safety and health and has cited Duraframe Dipnet of Viola with 20 safety violations including three repeat at the net manufacturer's facility. Penalties total over $71 thousand following OSHA's inspection. Similar violations were cited in 2009.
Vikings Could be Going
Looking a little bleak for Minnesota Vikings fans this week. Cory Merrifield can tell you that for sure. The founder of the website, SavetheVikes.org, was upset when a legislative committee put a plan for a new Vikings stadium on life support. Worst case scenario now, says Merrifield: Vikings pack their bags after the coming season and leave the state. The best case scenario, he says, is legislators understand that the team's owners aren't bluffing and they really will leave or sell the team if no deal is reached this year. You can't blame owners, he says; they've done everything asked of them in trying to reach a deal with the state.
Questions about funding have derailed plans for a $975 million stadium. But Merrifield also believes some lawmakers are worried about voting for a stadium during an election year.
Sheriff: DNA Collection at Arrest No Problem
Usually, state mandates come with a little frustration from the locals that have to enact those mandates. But La Crosse sheriff Steve Helgeson says, if the state decided to start collecting DNA during certain arrests, he wouldn't have a problem with it. He says swabbing the inside of a cheek for DNA isn't much different from taking fingerprints, which jailers do for every person booked into the jail. Helgeson says the DNA samples would have to handled differently, but he thinks the jailers wouldn't have a problem dealing with that.
The benefit to collecting the samples, says Helgeson, is that those DNA collections would provide a quicker reference when investigating crimes. Governor Walker has proposed collecting DNA at arrest for certain crimes.
Boland Gets Endorsement from 3rd District GOP
There might be two guys running for the Republican nomination for the third district Wisconsin congressional seat. But the party only wants one of them. The third district republican caucus has picked former Fort McCoy commander Ray Boland as the guy they want to represent them in the November election against Ron Kind. Boland officially announced his campaign for congress months ago. Late last month, fellow retired army veteran Edward Martin from Chippewa Falls announced he, too, would run for congress as a Republican.