A 5 year old boy is recovering at a Madison area hospital after being hit by a car yesterday. Sparta Police were called out to Highway 16 West, near the Sparta city limits around 4:45pm.
The boy had been snowboarding nearby prior to the accident. Due to the extent of his injuries, the boy was transported to Franciscan/Skemp Hospital in Sparta and then by helicopter to La Crosse. The child was later transported to a Madison area hospital.
The driver,a 17 year old, from Rockland was not injured. The crash remains under investigation by the Sparta Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol.
It may have been the worst kept secret in town. Festival Foods is buying two Quillin's stores and plans to tear one of them down. The Quillin's and Skogen families are finally confirming what has been rumored for months. The Quillin's in the Village and Quillin's Shelby location are being purchased by the Skogens. The Village store will be torn down and replaced by a new Festival. The Shelby location will stay open until the new Festival is built, and then will be closed. The sale leaves La Crosse without a Quillin's. Quillin's stores remain on French Island and in La Crescent, Decorah, Waukon and Caledonia.
The first of two listening sessions today for new, animal-free plans for La Crosse's Myrick hixon Eco Park.
Meanwhile, the last remaining animals from the old zoo at the park are getting settled in at their new digs. Patience and Prudence, the pair of 23 year-old black bears who had called the old Myrick Park zoo, "home." Shipped out about a week and a half ago to the Crooked Hollow zoo in Manchester, Iowa.
Pam Sellner owns the private zoo. She says Patience and Prudence are doing well. A little cantankerous when they first arrived because they had to brought out of a hibernating slumber. But have gone back to sleep since then.
La Crosse gave the bears to the zoo. City park and rec boss, Steve Carlyon says it took months to find a home for them.
You can end your search for the La Crosse Winter Rec Fest medallion. It has been found. Today, the seventh clue was released in the medallion hunt. The medallion was found under the picnic table in the city hall courtyard. We expect to hear who found the medallion later today.
The Lacrosse Downtown Mainstreet program will sell $20 red wristbands starting January 31st.....and they could get you deals in local businesses.
Kim Pretasky of a Touch of Class says members are taking part in Downtown La Crosse Cares, a new effort that gives back to the community and helps drive business to participating businesses.
You can find the wristbands at State Bank, The People's Food Co-Op, the DMI offices, The Salvation Army, Courtyard by Marriott, Community Credit Union and Festival Foods in La Crosse and Onalaska.
All of the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army.