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Having to change the ways employees of the Onalaksa School District are covered by health insurance was one task that had to be done this year. This after the loss of $1.5 million in state money this year. Larry Dalton, Director of Finance & Business Services, says the school board was prepared for this change.
The end result......the district will work with Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan and Mayo's Health Tradition Health Plan to offer employees the choice of insurance companies and health care providers. All at a savings of $800 thousand.
American Transmission Company is continuing a multi year public outreach
process for the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project with the third
in a series of public open houses presenting preliminary routes for the proposed
150 to 170 mile line from north of the La Crosse area to northern Dane County.
Approximately 9,000 potentially affected landowners, public officials and other stakeholders will receive invitations in the mail this week. The first public meeting is April 17th at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, Onalaska.
In Trempealeau County Court today, a plea of 'not guilty' from a girls' basketball coach who's charged with causing injury to his players while showing them a science experiment.
Brady Olson has entered that plea on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He could enter a plea to physical abuse of a child during his preliminary hearing, set for April 10th. Olson is the science teacher and coach from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau who's been charged with causing burns on the legs of his middle-school team members. At least one girl on the team says Olson placed dry ice on their skin to show what the frozen chemical is like.
Police have identified the victim of a shooting yesterday in La Crosse. Cops say 20 year-old Sara Hougom was killed at her home on Division street yesterday afternoon. Police say Hougom called 911 around four yesterday afternoon to report that she'd been shot. First responders worked on her in the apartment, got her to the hospital, where she later died of her wounds. POlice say the wounds do not appear to be self-inflicted and they continue to investigate the shooting with the help of several other agencies. No one in custody at this point. Police are also investigating a separate shooting on the northside that happened within minutes of the Hougom killing. In that shooting, someone pumped at least four bullets into a home on Island street, although no one was injured.
Among the many drunk drivers collared by La Crosse police this week-end, 28 year-old Richard Roiz may have had some additional obstacles to overcome. Cops say they witnessed Roiz flying down South avenue in his black Crown Vic early Saturday morning. And then watched him hammer a traffic sign up on a median and then keep on driving. They say Roiz blew a .22. But he says he drove up over the median, slammed into the sign, and blew out his front tire because he was texting. So he got a ticket for that, too.