Water Bills Higher Now, Stormwater Comes Later
You should start seeing a slightly higher water bill in La Crosse.
But no stormwater utility. Not yet. The city has just recently been given
the green light to hike water rates. Also recently, the city council
agreed to create a storm water utility. But that won't show up on water
bills until next year. The city's engineering department tells us there's
much to do in preparing for the implementation of the water utility.
Including preparing forms for those applying for credits for mitigating
run-off. Stormwater utility charges will start appearing on bills in
Obama Tells Congress "Come To Decorah"
President Obama hopes Congress comes back from the August recess, ready to work...
During the first day of his Midwestern bus tour, Obama said he hopes members of Congress are learning something from the kind of town hall meetings like the one where he spoke near Decorah.
The president argues that the economy is in better shape than it was when he took office two-and-a-half years ago. And Obama says his health care plan isn't perfect, but the U-S is closer to universal health care than before.
Bears are Solid Presence in Area
The bears? They're still out there.
In La Crosse and Monroe county, it's becoming not at all unusual to see a black bear wandering about. And not at all unusual for DNR biologist Ron Lichtie to hear a few complaints about the bears doing damage to bird feeders and crops.
Lichtie figures there's anywhere from 5 to 10 black bears that have permanently settled in the area. Many of those, he guesses, driven out of territory farther north by other bears.
Mo-Co Man Headed To Trial
The Monroe County man accused of beating a sheriff's deputy is headed to trial. Rodrigo Medina-Ferrer is charged with 11 counts including attempted first degree homicide.
At Friday's court hearing, a judge determined there was enough evidence to send the case to trial. Medina Ferrer is accused of escaping a Monroe County squad car following a domestic abuse incident, breaking his handcuffs and beating Sergeant Scott Perkins in the head.....severely cutting his eyes and face.
He's being held in the Monroe County Jail on a $10 thousand cash bond. He'll be arraigned later this month.
Car Vs. Train Accident
Monroe County authorities are on scene at this hour of a train that hit a car near Sparta. Details are sketchy.......it happened around 9:15 off of Highway 16.....at the Iberia Street crossing which is off of Hammer Road. The crossing will be closed for quite a while.
The Pacific Northern train pushed the car quite a ways as emergency personnel are accessing the area by a bike path, near the tracks. They are reconstructing the accident now.
The female driver died at the scene. The name is not being released until family members are notified.