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They have placed flags on veterans graves for years. But the La Crosse Memorial Day Association's, coffers are running dry. Now, according to Ken Birnbaum, they are holding a fund raiser.
Birnbaum says 125 volunteers flag more than 7 thousand graves every year, and that costs $5 thousand a year. We have an address on our WIZM website in which you can send a donation.
Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation can send it to: Memorial Day Flagging Capital Fund Drive, P.O. Box 489, La Crosse, WI, 54602-0489.
It's a popular site for band concerts, and performances during Riverfest and the Rotary Lights celebration.
The bandshell in La Crosse's Riverside Park is due for another renovation, according to the man in charge of the park department. Steve Carlyon wants to see the bandshell returned to its original appearance, making it much smaller...the way it was built 100 years ago.
Carlyon expects the project to happen in the next year or two. He's taking his cue from the recent rebuilding of the shelter atop Grandad Bluff, to look more like its original design.
A change of leadership is coming at the Coulee Council on Addictions...
Pat Ruda, the council's director for the last seven years, will leave that job later this month. During Ruda's time in charge of the Coulee Council, the organization took part in the city of La Crosse's efforts to crack down on binge drinking and river drownings. The council's board is now searching for a new agency director.
A streak of 22 dry days in La Crosse came to an end this morning...
At least six-hundredths of an inch of rain has fallen today at the National Weather Service office in La Crosse...marking the first time since June 20th that more than a trace of rain has been measured in the city. Elsewhere in the county, the town of Holland received half-an-inch of rain since midnight. Spring Grove is the only community in the immediate La Crosse area to get more than an inch of moisture today, with almost three inches recorded by 7 a.m.
La Crosse Police are investigating a sexual assault of an elderly southside La Crosse woman. It happened about 3am on June 26th.
Police say while the woman slept in a recliner, a man removed a screen to her apartment, climbed in and sexually assaulted her. Officers used dogs to pick up the scent but lost it at the river backwaters behind Seminary and Woodbridge Court.
The only description the woman could give police was a large male. WIZM news is not releasing the woman's name, age or location where the assault occured.