Lacrosse Fire Guts Downtown Building
The investigation into the fire that destroyed the former Optical Fashions building at 400 Jay Street Saturday, begins today.
Firefighters think the blaze, that took all day to fight, may have started in an attic of an empty building.
Firefighters were on scene until 1am Sunday morning knocking down hotspots.......later in the day the entire building was knocked down into a pile of rubble and wood.
The American Red Cross is working to help the families that were burned out of 6 apartments housed in the building
National Night Out
Neighborhood Watch Groups around the City of La Crosse in cooperation with the La Crosse Police Department, will be hosting the 14th annual National Night Out block parties across the city Tuesday night. For the past 28 years Neighborhood Watch Groups and over 15,000 communities around the nation have been participating in National Night Out. This is the 14th year the city of La Crosse has taken part in National Night Out to help make neighborhoods safer throughout the year and not just one night.
Snake Expert Says Rattler Bite Is Rare
First time in 15 years, they're saying...
Folks at the Minnesota DNR report that a rattlesnake attack near Caledonia last week was the first one against a human in the state since 1996. The main reason they don't happen very often...rattlers have become rare in the upper Mississippi Valley. Iowa State Extension wildlife specialist Rebecca Christoffel also believes the rarity is partly the result of people just wanting to stay away from snakes. The hiker who was bitten is still being treated in La Crosse, a week after the attack. A DNR rep says the guy was lucky to be wearing high-top shoes, so the ankle bite didn't cause much damage.
Gillman Going For New Winona County Spot
Interviews are taking place today for Winona County's new Community and Environmental Protection Services director position. And the two being interviewed are John Shepard of Slayton, Minnesota and Jason Gilman of Onalaska. Gilman is Onalaska's Land Use and Development Director.
County Administrator Duane Hebert says they consolidated the emergency management, planning and environmental services departments recently.....all at a huge cost savings. Hebert said the county expects to extend an offer to one of the finalists early next week.
The county began its search for the director this spring, and two finalists, Shepard and Howard Blin, were selected in early June. But the county terminated the process after county commissioner Marcia Ward made statements about the applicants’ ages..... hiring based on age is illegal. A second hiring process began later in June, and previous applicants were encouraged to reapply.
Y to Teach Free Swim Classes
Many kids never get a swim lesson. Any number of reasons. Lack of resources. No time at the pool. Possibility to correct that in August. With a week of free swim lessons at the YMCA with the help of Gundersen Lutheran. Kim Lombard from Gundersen says learning some of the basics of water safety is essential for kids. Proven, she says, by the number of accidental drownings of children that occur in the state every year. The Y says they can take over a hundred kids for the week of free lessons. Classes start the second week of August.