Cops Start Online Fun For Kids
Onalaska police and the local Dairy Queen partner up on a contest for kids. On the departments facebook page Onalaska middle school and high school kids can answer brain teaser questions and might win an ice cream treat from Dairy Queen. Administrative assistant Pam Sharp says Police chief Jeff Trotnic is all about connecting with kids. He feels this contest is a way to increase trust between youngsters and the department and makes it a fun way to increase interraction. Winners will be drawn every month thru the end of May.
Air Quality Watch Again Today
A little more wind today but air quality still a concern in much of Wisconsin. The DNR has issued an air quality watch for 54 counties in the state. high concentrations of particulate matter. Joe Hoch, meterologist with the DNR, says the warm temps and light winds continue to contribute to unfavorable air quality conditions. La Crosse, Trempealeau, Vernon and Monroe counties are all covered by the air quality watch.
Mayor Calls Press Conference on Solid Waste
Ethical questions have spurred La Crosse's mayor to action. Mayor Matt Harter has called a press conference for this afternoon to address county solid waste services. A media report today suggests the mayor has ethically compromised himself by appearing to use his office to benefit his family's garbage business. He's likely to address those issues during the press conference in city hall today. The mayor has also agreed to appear on WIZM's La Crosse Talk Pm with Mitch Reynolds this afternoon after 5.
In No Need of Rescue?
When is a rescue not a rescue at all, but more of a nuisance? The La Crosse fire department, police department and volunteer dive rescue team responded to Pettibone park late yesterday afternoon to deal with what appeared to be a guy stranded on Mississippi River ice in his boat. The same fellow has said that he had no need of rescue and intends on going back out fishing today. A representative from the dive team says, although his guys were suiting up and getting ready to help out, and the guy was certainly having a time of it, it was pretty clear by his language when he got off the water that he wanted to be left to his late winter fishing fun.
Outside Consultant on Patros Deal Approved
Spending two million dollars on three good acres near the river? Agreed to unanimously by the La Crosse city council this week. Buying the Patros property--eleven acres total---turns out to be no problem for anyone on the council. What some council members really got hung up on was spending 30 grand on an outside firm to do some TIF district amendment work to make the deal a go. Some asked Why do that when there's the city planners office? City planner Larry Kirch tells city council he would do as they wished but, because the deal seems to have a deadline; getting outside help would speed the process along. The 30 grand has been given preliminary approval.