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(AP) Wisconsin regulators are following up on thousands of old chemical spills where cleanup consultants may have skipped a key investigating whether toxic vapors could seep into nearby homes or businesses. The state Department of Natural Resources says a ``noticeable'' string of site owners applied to have their cleanup cases officially closed, even though they hadn't checked for vapor leaks as required. So the DNR sent notices to all 2,500 sites in September clarifying that the vapor tests were mandatory. A review by Gannett Wisconsin Media finds that many site owners have only recently begun the tests. Hundreds of other sites may never be checked unless the owners are doing new construction or selling their properties. Unchecked leaks could lead to toxic vapors accumulating in homes and other buildings.
Onalaska High School Principal, Jared Schaffner, says it was a shock to find out that the school was recently ranked 10th best in the state, according to the U.S. News and World report magazine. They were given gold medal status. And it took the entire school to win the award.
Eau Claire Memorial was ranked third in the state followed by Lancaster, Green Bay Preble, Medford, the Milwaukee School of Languages, Appleton West and Saint Croix Falls.
The Onalaksa Rotary wanted to partner with the Onalaska Community Thanksgiving committee to assure that event becomes a tradition. Well after the commitee accepts a $4000 check tonight...looks as though it will be around for awhile. The monies came from a recent run/walk event that Rotary President, Anthony Schmitt, says could become an annual event.
This run promises to be a major source of funds for the Community
Thanksgiving and the Community Thanksgiving
Absentee voting begins today for the June fifth recall elections. Ballots were sent out last Friday to those requesting them by mail and today is when folks can start voting at municipal clerks’ offices.
Reid Magney of the state Government Accountability Board expects an increase in absentee voting this time, especially because many people will be on vacation.
The search for a man who fell out of a boat at Winona is expected to continue this week...
Ralph Andring went into the Mississippi near the Winona bridge on Thursday. He wasn't able to catch a life vest thrown to him by the other man in the boat. Search crews have spent three days looking for Andring, who owned a heating and air conditioning business.