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While Minnesota's leaders work to avoid a statewide government shutdown at midnight, some state workers are preparing to close up shop well before that hour.
At Minnesota state parks, the goal is to get campers to leave before 5 p-m. Scott Pengelly, a spokesman for the D-N-R, he tells us that the demand for camping spaces is high this holiday, partly because the 4th of July falls on a Monday. Even if parks and campgrounds have to be closed due to lack of money, Pengelly says the D-N-R will make sure conservation officers will be on patrol, watching for lawbreakers.
Since the early 1980's. La Crosse has celebrated the 4th of July with a riverfront festival lasting nearly a week...
The 2011 Riverfest is underway now, filling Riverside Park with music, food, beer, and fun. The fest is 28 years old...actually older than La Crosse Mayor Matt Harter, by a couple of years. Harter spoke at the kickoff ceremony this morning. The mayor wore his honorary 'fleet admiral' uniform for the launch of Riverfest, fitting in with the Commodores and First Mates who have presided over the festival in those 28 years. The festival closes shortly after the fireworks on July 4th.
Absentee Ballots for the Recall Primary Election on July 12, 2011 are now available for City of La Crosse residents. La Crosse City residents may vote in the City Clerk’s office weekdays, from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (closed Monday, July 4th). To receive a ballot by mail, a written request MUST be received in the Clerk’s office by 5:00 P.M., Thursday, July 7, 2011. Include the following in the request: election date, printed name, address where registered, address to mail the ballot, phone number, and signature. If more than one person at the same address desires a ballot, both must sign. The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the Clerk’s office is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2011. For election information and to view the ballot, go to the City Clerk’s election page at www.cityoflacrosse.org.
Jesse Herrmann faces five criminal counts when he appears in La Crosse County Court today, for allegedly causing a fatal crash.
The D-A's office plans to charge Herrmann with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run causing death and injury, and two counts of injury by drunk driving. Herrmann is accused of crashing his pickup truck into the rear of a car on Highway 35 near the Hog Wild Bar on Saturday. Five young women from Onalaska were in the car. Theresa Kroes (cruise) died in the crash, and the other four were injured. Herrmann also was hospitalized before being transferred to the county jail yesterday.
An elementary teacher from the Sparta Schools has been killed in a moped accident.
The Sparta District confirms that Amy Stauffer has died. Stauffer taught second grade at Lawrence-Larson Elementary. Sources tell us Stauffer was killed last night while riding a moped in the West Salem area. Details of the accident have not been released. Amy Stauffer was the wife of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center spokesman Chris Stauffer.