Paraprofessionals were granted a 2.7 percent pay hike
There's a new face on the Merrillan Police Department. The committee of the whole voted unanimously to name Mike Johnson as village marshal. Johnson is retired from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department where he worked for 13 years.
Johnson replaces Kelly Bakken who resigned in September. Tom Cooper had been serving as interim village marshall, but he'll stay with the Merrillan Police Department.
The village had discussed disbanding its police department, and contracting with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department after Bakken and another officer resigned.
Nearly 100 La Crosse area high school students have shown an interest in winning a car for graduation...
The seniors have responded to an offer announced last summer by the Trust Point company. They're trying to qualify for the grand prize of a new Ford Focus by getting good grades this year, and entering an essay contest. The competition is limited to students from five high schools in La Crosse and Onalaska. The car will be awarded around graduation time in the spring.
A hit-and-run crash early today in Holmen has left one driver hurt...
Holmen police say a semi crossed from the passing lane of Highway 53 into the main traffic lane and hit a car, forcing it off the road. The collision happened around 5:45 a-m in the southbound lane of 53. Police are asking any witnesses to call them with information about the truck. Also, they're asking truck companies to check their satellite tracking systems, to see which semis might have been on that part of 53 when the crash occurred.