Deaths Of Barre Mills Couple Still A Mystery
INVESTIGATORS HAVEN'T REACHED A CONCLUSION YET, AFTER INSPECTING THE HOUSE WHERE DENNIS AND MERNA KOULA LIVED AT BARRE MILLS. A SON FOUND HIS PARENTS' BODIES INSIDE THE HOUSE EARLY MONDAY. SHERIFF STEVE HELGESON SAYS THE STATE CRIME LAB WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE PRETTY QUICKLY.
AUTOPSIES MAY BE DONE IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. HELGESON SAYS NEIGHBORS DIDN'T SEE OR HEAR ANYTHING UNUSUAL DURING THE WEEKEND.
Probably not a good idea to take a shot at swimming across the Mississippi River. Three people found that out this morning. They were lucky because Randy Ziebell happened to see the swimmers struggling in the river while he was at his boathouse on Pettibone Island. Ziebell got out his boat and rescued Brook Gast, Dylan Low and Amanda Halderson. The LaCrosse Fire Department thanks Randy for his fast response and warns everyone that they need to be careful whenever they're swimming in the river and that the main channel is difficult to navigate for long distances due to a very strong current.
Two Cycle Riders Crash, One Dies
One man is dead and another is hurt, after both of them crashed while riding motorcycles together near Trempealeau last night.
In the first collision, 55-year-old Steven Meier of Trempealeau lost control of his bike, went into a ditch, and smashed into a utility pole. Meier was killed after being thrown from the cycle. His riding companion, Max Keene of Trempealeau, took a spill after seeing Meier's accident. Keene was taken to a hospital after walking to a house to get help.
A power outage this afternoon in Onalaska. Emergency Management Keith Butler says it only impacted a small portion of the city but the outage did take down some traffic lights. Crews have been able to get the power back on. We're still trying to get information regarding what caused the outage to start a little before two o'clock this afternoon.
Coulee Bank Acquires Branch In St. Paul
Coulee Bank of La Crosse comes to the rescue of a small Twin Cities bank...
Over the weekend, Pinehurst Bank of St. Paul became a branch of Coulee Bank. Coulee chairman Dirk Gasterland says the new branch has good employees, but Pinehurst had some bad luck recently. Coulee Bank assumed all 60-million dollars of the deposits in Pinehurst Bank, and most of the assets as well. Gasterland says customers of both companies should NOT notice much change in doing bank business.