You can probably put those ark building plans on hold. At least for now. The National Weather Service is backing off its worst case scenario flooding forecasts for the Mississippi River at La Crosse for the time being. Flood stage at La Crosse is 12 feet. The weather service is predicting a crest of somewhere 13 and 14.5 feet in the first week of April. The almost near certainty of some sort of flooding keeps the Mississippi as well as the Black and Kickapoo Rivers in a flood warning.
Will more signs get drivers to use the parking ramps in La Crosse?
The idea is being discussed, following a survey showing there are hundreds of empty spaces in the downtown ramps on the average weekday. Downtown Mainstreet director Tim Kabat says the city might need to consider putting electronic signs inside the ramps, to tell drivers how many open spaces are available at any given time. City leaders are talking about ways to get more people who work downtown to park in the ramps instead of on the street.
It's not a good day to be traveling, in many parts of Wisconsin...and because of that, Herb Kohl's staff has cancelled the Senator's scheduled stops in La Crosse and other cities today.
Kohl was supposed to visit the Harry Olson Senior Center this afternoon, to talk about the future of the Senior Care program in the state. The Democratic Senator opposes attempts to reduce or eliminate federal funding for that prescription drug program.
Pertussis is a contagious bacterial disease of the respiratory tract. It affects every one of all ages, but can be very serious in infants and young children. As of Tuesday, twelve cases have been confirmed with a potential for this number to rise. La Crosse County Public Health Nursing investigates all cases along with our community partners in attempt to control the spread of the disease.
The signs and symptoms of Pertussis are much like the common cold at first. They start out with a runny nose, possible low grade fever, mild irritating cough that is not treated with over the counter cough medicine. This may progress to an explosive cough that can interrupt breathing, eating and sleeping. The patient may make a “whooping” sound as they inhale air. This cough may last for several weeks to months.
La Crosse County Public Health Nursing together with the State of Wisconsin Department of Health encourages you to consult your health care provider for testing if you are experiencing symptoms. Treatment is available for Pertussis along with vaccination.
Long union contract extensions in front of the La Crosse city council Thursday. A response to a new law governing collective bargaining for public workers in the state. City council member Marilyn Wigdahl says the extensions are the right thing to do. It will be her committee that's the first to vote on the contracts followed shortly after by the entire city council. Votes today are on revisions to a transit workers contract extension that's already been agreed on and a new two year contract extension for the city's largest union over which talks began last week.