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A Jackson County jury found a town of Franklin man guilty of rape and incest for abusing a female relative over a 19 year period. 41 year old Rodney Tollefson now faces up to 1,200 years in prison. Tollefson was found guility on 36 counts including 11 charges of incest, 13 charges of second degree sexual assault with the use of force and three charges of aided first degree sexual assault. The victim told investigators assaults occurred between 1995 and December 2010. 54 year old Gary Tollefson, who is accused of raping the girl with his brother, currently faces 18 charges. 30 year old Jarrod Peterson, who said he was compelled by Rodney to rape the victim, faces two charges of second degree sexual assault. 22 year old Philip Ronning previously was sentenced to 30 years in prison for another incident in which he and Rodney took the girl to a secluded area and assaulted her.
Of the 72 counties in Wisconsin, La Crosse County was ranked 23rd in Health Outcomes, 4th with Health Factors and 5th highest in the category of health behavior rankings. All good news says Catherine Kolkmeier, Director of the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium.
The La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, a collaboration of healthcare and education institutions in the Coulee Region, has mobilized dozens of organizations and individuals in the region to focus on improving health behaviors, with an ultimate goal of La Crosse County being the healthiest in the state by 2015.
The La Crosse Police Department in conjunction with the Department of Criminal Investigations continue to investigate both the drive by shooting on La Crosse's north side and the Sara Hougom homicide from March 26th. Currently there is no one in custody and no one has been charged in either incident. The investigation, however, has made progress. Investigators have identified people of interest, some of which have been interviewed and some that are yet to be located. La Crosse police say the investigation is at a critical juncture and releasing additional information could compromise the progress being made.
More news coming from Oktoberfest. Mitch Reynolds is at the southside fest grounds.
If Oktoberfest needs more sources of funding, how about issuing permits for spots along the parade routes?
La Crosse Mayor Matt Harter says it's an idea worth studying...and such a permit might allow the holder to drink openly at the parade site, which is not allowed now. Harter suggests a permit fee of around $5 to $10. He brought up the permit idea during an appearance today on "The Morning Sickness" on 95-7 The Rock.