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It may have been meant as a way to have fun with science...but some area middle school girls didn't think it was fun.
Seventh-graders on a girls' basketball team in the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau district say their coach put dry ice on the legs of several team members, and the ice left burn marks on their skin. The coach, Brady Olson, is also a school science teacher, and was using the dry ice to entertain the basketball team back in January...according to a criminal complaint in Trempealeau County Court. Olson is being charged with felony child abuse for the dry-ice incident. The G-E-T superintendent says Olson has been disciplined, but won't say how.
A late-night drunk-driving arrest on the interstate at Onalaska...
Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Miller of La Crosse is being charged with his fourth O-W-I. Miller was stopped for speeding, near the Highway 16 exit. The arrest happened around 11:30 last night.
Next year, all 4th graders in Sparta will be armed with IPAD's thanks to a referendum that passed back in February. But Superintendent, John Hendricks wonders, who will teach who when it comes to the new technology.
The future goal is that all 5th and 6th graders will be also armed with IPAD's. Hendricks hopes some teachers have had a chance to catch up with the technology before then.
A compromise on new fees for Oktoberfest parades? Nothing doing, apparently. City hall in La Crosse hasn't budged after meeting with representatives yesterday from the Oktoberfest board on the possibility of altering 18 thousand dollars in fees that the city wants to offset police overtime. The board had put planning for its three parades on hold in response to the new fees, but the city isn't backing down. We're told the Oktoberfest board will meet as a whole on Monday to decide what they might do next.
By this time next week, we could know for sure when a recall election against Governor Scott Walker will be scheduled.
And in the next week or two, more challengers to Walker could join the race...including his 2010 opponent, Tom Barrett. However, time to enter the race is growing short...and Alma Senator Kathleen Vinehout says the Democratic primary might be just between her and Kathleen Falk. Vinehout met with supporters at a downtown La Crosse restaurant last night. She told them that outside spending in the recall election is likely to be heavy.