Goodhue County Wind Fight Pits Pickens Against Eagles
There's going to be some eagle slicing and dicing if a big wind energy project goes up just south of Red Wing. That's the claim from a coalition opposed to the wind project planned by T. Boone Pickens' American Wind Alliance. Mary Hartman says the 48 planned wind turbines will cause major problems in the bald eagle nesting area
Today, reps from Xcel energy are scheduled to visit the site of the wind development. Xcel is set to renew an energy purchase agreement with Pickens' company. Hartman hopes Xcel backs out once it sees the potential disruption for wildlife.
MADD Pushing for More Interlocks
Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Wisconsin is pushing for more interlock. MADD wants lawmakers to support a bill in Madison that would force all convicted drunk drivers to install breath interlock devices on their cars.
John Vose is with MADD Wisconsin. Currently, Wisconsin mandates breath interlocks for drunk drivers stopped with a BAC of .15 or higher.
Former Mayor Medinger Talks About Retiring Kondracki
After 19 years, La Crosse police chief Ed Kondracki is retiring. John Medinger inherited chief Kondracki when he became mayor in 1997.
Medinger talked to Mitch Reynolds on WIZM last night./
Number 6 on Newsroom Top Ten Stories for 2011
There's been a whole lot of construction going on this year at La Crosse's most prominent feature. In fact, the restoration of Bliss Road and a construction project at Grandad Bluff Park was our newsroom's number six local news story on the list of top ten for the year. The Bliss road project was marked by financial cooperation among the city of La Crosse, the county and two towns
Mayor Matt Harter. Bliss reopened in the fall after being closed for more than a year due to a washout. Meanwhile, a one million dollar construction project at Grandad Bluff Park was supposed to be complete by mid-November but that has been delayed until spring.
Tomah Man Hurt In Crash
An early morning accident in Monroe County left a Tomah man hurt early Saturday morning. It happened in the Town of Clifton where 21 year old William Georgeson was not able to tell officers when or where the accident happened. Deputies were able to put things together and searched and area just east of Clifton for the accident scene.
At 7:15 am the vehicle was located on Cty Hwy A just west of Justice Rd. Georgeson had gone of the road into a corn field on the north side of Cty hwy A at Krypton Rd. He then drove threw the field and crossed over Justice Rd and continued west until he hit a tree just off of Cty Hwy A.
Georgeson was treated for minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.