Wisconsin has a long history of openness in government. Essentially, government records are presumed to be a matter of public record, except under very select circumstances. The justices on Wisconsin's...
A driver fell asleep behind the wheel at 4 in the morning this weekend, near Readstown...
Three people were in the car when it went off Vernon County Highway T and rolled over. One passenger was ejected, and had neck and back injuries as a result. Twenty-three-year-old Carrie Hanson of Viroqua managed to get to a private residence after the crash, but then was taken by ambulance to Vernon Memorial Hospital, and then transferred to La Crosse. The other passenger in the car had minor injuries, and the female driver, Bryany Everson of Viroqua, was not hurt. Sheriff's officers say Everson waited nearly six hours to report the accident on Sunday.
Temps were high on the 4th of July last year in La Crosse...and on the 6th of July, too.
The mercury got up to 100 on both of those days in 2012, keeping many people from attending Riverfest and other activities. Not much trouble with heat predicted on the holiday this year. Meteorologist Marv Holewinski tells us that temperatures should remain around a normal of 80 for much of this week. He even doubts that La Crosse will see highs above 85 in the first two weeks of July.
The first half of 2013 was the second-wettest on record in La Crosse, second only to 1993. The city's precipitation is nine inches above normal this year. In Madison, precip is 14 inches over normal.
Today, the City of La Crosse’s Community Development Block Grant Committee released its annual report. Last year, the City spent just over $1.4 million on community development, economic development, and housing programs. The report addresses the results of an annual grant given to the City from US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its purpose is to help address urgent community needs. Highlights from the report include that the City provided grants to 15 community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army, and St. Clare Health Mission. Together, these 15 organizations provided services to over 5,500 low-income families ranging from health care for the uninsured to after-school programming for teens in the Powell-Hood-Hamilton neighborhood. The City also provided low-interest loans to two area small businesses. The City of La Crosse Housing Program also worked towards improving the city’s housing stock and creating affordable housing. The program demolished blighted properties and built new homes and significantly renovated others. Last year, the City sold nine homes, began construction on 10 new properties, renovated seven homes, and acquired five additional blighted properties for demolition. Finally, the City’s housing and small business revolving loan programs brought in over $500,000 in income which leveraged private resources to support these programs. The full report is available on the City’s website, http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/index.aspx?NID=2604.