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Some communities have readily welcomed frac sand mining for economic reasons. Others, including Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire and Pepin counties and a handful of towns, slapped on temporary moratoriums to give them time to review and update their land-use regulations.
Three young guys are nursing their wounds after rolling a car near La Crosse's Pettibone Park on Saturday.
Among the long list of drunk drivers collared by La Crosse police this week-end was a guy who collected his fifth OWI.
The goal is to help one company start a mine in Wisconsin...and apparently, that can only happen if Republicans regain control of the Wisconsin Senate in November.
That message comes from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, suggesting Gogebic Mining won't get help in setting up shop in the state while Democrats run the Senate. Onalaska state rep Steve Doyle says it's a 'mistake' for WMC to suggest that it only wants to negotiate with one party.
Doyle says the political atmosphere in Madison remains 'toxic,' with both sides pointing fingers at each other. Gogebic cancelled plans for a Wisconsin mine this year, when a bill designed to help the company failed to pass in Madison.
Police in La Crosse have been concerned about the growing use of heroin within the city...
But the drug also is finding its way to rural areas. Five persons from the Galesville area now face charges of possessing or delivering heroin, following two separate drug busts on Friday. The La Crosse County sheriff's department was among the outside agencies brought in on the searches by Trempealeau County. At least two of the suspects have past drug arrests on their records. One of them, Joshua Wittenberg, arrested in the town of Gale search, was convicted last year for drug possession, and spent some time in jail.