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A bomb scare has cleared out several blocks near downtown Tomah.
Tomah police say the car was found parked near the First Bank of Tomah. Right now all lanes of Highway 12 are blocked off from Monroe street to Council street. A four block area in the city has been evacuated. A robot from the Fort McCoy Fire Department is also there. The car is actually parked in an intersection of Superior and Monowau Streets. The Dane County Bomb Squad is on scene as of 9:45pm and federal agents have been called out.
It all started a little before 4pm this afternoon when an officer found the vehicle and heard a beeping noise coming from the trunk. When the officer looked inside, he saw what could be items used to make an explosive device.
The owner of the car has a history with the police department, and is being detained but not charged yet as no actual crime has been committed.
Part of downtown Tomah has been evacuated, because of an apparent bomb scare...
Somebody reportedly made a threat concerning a car parked near a bank on Superior Avenue downtown. The State Patrol reported suspicious items inside the car, and a bomb squad was called in from Madison. About four blocks of Superior Avenue were cleared out, after the threat was made around 8 p.m.
A community open house will be held on Saturday, June 25th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Radisson Center, 300 Second Street South, La Crosse, to honor the retirement of School District of La Crosse Superintendent Jerry Kember.
The La Crosse Public Education Foundation and the Board of Education invite the public to stop by and thank Mr. Kember for his years of service to the School District of La Crosse.
Cookies and punch will be served throughout the event. The open house is free and open to the public.
Kember announced back in January that after a 40 year career in education, 22 in Lacrosse and 8 as Superintendent, that he was retiring at the end if June. Randy Nelson will take over the helm on July, 1st.
Plenty of companies are doing the hard sell on a big new power transmission line that will run from La Crosse to Madison. American Transmission Company is holding public information sessions in the area this week. Meanwhile, Linda Van Art, with the group Citizens Energy Task Force, says some questions about the project just aren't getting answered well enough. Van Art wants better info on who's paying for the line, who benefits from it, and whether it's needed at all. Van Art wants the companies funding the 345 kilovolt line to put their money instead towards local power generation and energy conservation efforts.
Two things that control job numbers in Wisconsin: exchange rate of the dollar. National and international demand for goods. Neither of those controlled by the Wisconsin governor but set instead by forces beyond their influence says Joel Rogers with Center on Wisconsin Strategy. He says governor's shouldn't get credit or blame for job numbers. In fact, the group's new study shows how little impact Wisconsin governors have on job creation. Rogers says Walker's goal of 250 thousand new jobs in the state would be reached regardless of who was in the governor's office. Assuming, Rogers says, that the state's recovery from the recession was occurring at a normal pace.