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Last year, the count was 80. That's how many 55 gallon drums volunteers pulled from the Mississippi during the DNR's River Clean-Up day around La Crosse. And there were the 28 tires, a ton of scrap metal and two major appliances, among many other things. Another river clean-up is coming this year--it will be the 19th since the event started. But this year, a little later than planned because of the flooding. The river clean-up, scheduled for this Saturday, has been moved to May 21st. It's just the latest event to get rescheduled around high water this spring. Some events in the city's Fitness Festival at the end of this month have also been moved around a bit to get around the low-lying soggy parts of the city.
Due to Mother Nature, tonight's performance at the Lacrosse Center by Elton John has been postponed. According to the Lacrosse Center, the show will be made up "sometime in May". Go to www.lacrossecenter.com for more information.
Of the many drunk drivers stopped by La Crosse police this week-end, one young woman appeared not to take her first OWI too terribly seriously. Cops say they stopped 25 year-old Nicole Petersen early Sunday morning, speeding on East avenue on the city's southside. Police say Petersen seemed drunk but also reeked of marijuana. Cops say she was laughing during her arrest, at one point asking if she was going to be on the "Cops" TV show. She blew a .169. Told police she'd was smoking pot to get sober.
Just how much water rates increase in La Crosse is nothing that's set in stone. Not quite yet. The city council has approved a request to increase rates in the city by about 30 percent for the average home user. State regulators could make that lower. Even higher. And could act soon, causing rates to change by June or July and just in time for the height of lawn watering season, acknowledges city water utility manager, Mark Johnson. A public hearing on the rate request will be held before the new water rates are set.