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.
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.
Christine Clair, President of the La Crosse School Board of Education and a local Democrat, will announce her plans regarding the 95th State Assembly District race.
Claire will make her announcement on Wednesday, August 17th at noon in front of the Hogan Administrative Center, 807 E. Ave. S., La Crosse.
Claire has served on the La Crosse Board of Education for 11 years and as its president for the last 8 years. She has worked as a Montessori preschool teacher, an artist, a caseworker for those who have experienced abuse, 25 years as a public defender attorney and now an instructor of law classes at Viterbo University.
Governor Scott Walker will not order a special election for the 95th Assembly District until after Jennifer Shilling is sworn in to the state senate. But in the mean time...some names are starting to surface as to who is thinking about running for the open post.
Take for example, Lacrosse County Board District 6 member, Jill Billings.
Though, the wife of Judge Elliot Levine, says she has not officially announced that she will runm on the Democratic ticket....she says the thought process has sure kicked in. Billings tells WIZM news that any announcement would be put on hold until after Jennifer Shilling is sworn in to the 32nd Senate District. She says this is Shillings time to shine.
A rural Sparta man is dead after being thrown from his motorcycle last night. Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin says the crash happened just after 6 on State Hwy 16 at the intersection of Hamlet Avenue in the town of Sparta.
A van driven by 63 year old Clarence Justin of rural Sparta collided with a west bound motorcycle, driven by 62 year old Doren Clark also of rural Sparta. Clark was taken to Mayo Clinic Sparta Campus by ambulance where he subsequently died.
Justin was not injured in the crash. An investigation into the crash is being conducted.