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The steady increase in oil and gas prices this year is being felt by airline travelers as well as drivers.
From Friedman's Hobbit Travel in La Crosse, agent Dave Friedman is seeing air fares rise by about 100 dollars in a very short time. He says some of that can be blamed on lower ridership and the practice of adding charges onto a ticket.
Friedman says plane tickets might be lower if there were more competition among companies...but mergers and bankruptcies are reducing the number of active airlines.
The Packers' most recent Super Bowl hero is heading to La Crosse. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who has become one of the top two receivers on the Packers' roster after his commanding Super Bowl performance last year, will be on the bus for this year's Packers Tailgate Tour. The tour begins in La Crosse with a stop at the Oktoberfest grounds on May 15th. Kicker Mason Crosby will also be there as well as Packers Hall of Famers William Henderson, Larry McCarren and Marco Rivera and team president Mark Murphy. Tickets will be available at Festival stores and proceeds fund a local charity. The La Crosse stop is one of five planned for the tailgate tour around the state.
Once the DNR gets La Crosse's marshland, the state agency wouldn't likely return it. Some have questioned the plan to transfer the city's marsh to the DNR, asking whether that will limit La Crosse's use of the marsh. City council member and public works board chair, Dick Swantz doesn't see that as a danger
The city council next month will vote on whether to follow through with a resolution from many years ago to transfer ownership of the marsh to the DNR. The council will also likely vote on whether to spend the thousands of dollars needed to make the process happen.
(AP) A state appeals court has ruled a Jefferson County judge properly dismissed a lawsuit alleging PepsiCo stole two Wisconsin men's idea for bottled water. Charles Joyce and James Voigt filed a lawsuit in 2009 against the soft drink giant and two Wisconsin distributors in 2009. They alleged the companies stole their idea for Ultra-Pure water in 1981 and later marketed it as Aquafina. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jacqueline Erwin initially awarded the men $1.26 billion. But Erwin later vacated the judgment and threw the case out, ruling the statute of limitations had expired. The 4th District Court of Appeals agreed Thursday, noting that PepsiCo began distributing Aquafina in 1994, more than a decade before the men filed the lawsuit. The men's attorney didn't immediately return a message.
(AP) The U.S. Geological Survey is asking Clintonville residents to report any booming and rumblings to their website. Geological officials said Wednesday they are considering putting a seismometer in Clintonville, after booms and rumblings shook residents again Tuesday night. A 1.5-magnitude earthquake was detected last week and since then residents have reported less intense booms less frequently up until Tuesday night. Geological Survey spokeswoman Heidi Koontz says residents reporting the events to them helps seismologists and geophysicists better understand what's going on. City Administrator Lisa Kuss says she still wants residents to inform police at the nonemergency number.
The website is: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/