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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.
Cookouts will be allowed in Stoddard for Easter weekend, but other outdoor burning in the village is banned until further notice.
The Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department has declared an outdoor fire ban for that area because of the continuing dry weather. The one exception will be for charcoal grills at private homes, and the grills have to be on surfaces like concrete that won't catch on fire.