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The La Crosse Skyrockers New Year's Eve fireworks shows are the oldest community sponsored displays in the country. The Early Bird show at 6PM is a tradition from the 1950s for the young people and others who want to enjoy a celebration at a more convenient time. The Midnight show has been broadcast on radio since 1957 and on TV since 1985. And President, Pat Bonaduer, says their not just seen in Lacrosse.
The Fall are on of the Skyrockers annual trademarks. This year marks the 82nd anniversary for the local group. When the Main Channel bridge was dedicated in September 1939, a precursor for the modern Riverfest, they were there doing the fireworks. When Oktoberfest wanted special shows for their 25th Anniversary, they were there. In 1991, they hosted an international pyrotechnic convention here that was the largest convention in La Crosse history.
A Monroe County man is dead after an early morning Christmas Eve accident. 35 year old Kevin Mahan was driving on State Hwy 71 early Saturday morning when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the highway and rolled over in the adjacent ditch line. Mahan was pronounced dead at the scene by Monroe County Medical examiner Toni Wissestad.
She says he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and
both speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.
Two people were hurt, one seriously, in a Christmas Eve afternoon crash in the Monroe County town of Lincoln. It happened about 2:20 p.m. on Highway 12.
A car driven by 54 year old Diane Krogstad of Black River Falls was south bound on Hwy 12 approaching the intersection of Cty Hwy EW when a vehicle driven by 44 year old Mary Miner of Tomah Wisconsin pulled out of a parking lot in front of Krogsta. Miner had to be extricated from her vehicle by the Jaws of Life. A passenger in the vehicle, Percy Miner was unhurt. Krogstad was also injured in the crash......she was transported to Tomah memorial hospital with non life threatening injuries. Miner was taken by Tomah ambulance with life threatening injuries and was later transferred to Gunderson Lutheran in LaCrosse via Med-link Helicopter.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
An early morning accident in Monroe County left a Tomah man hurt early Saturday morning. It happened in the Town of Clifton where 21 year old William Georgeson was not able to tell officers when or where the accident happened. Deputies were able to put things together and searched and area just east of Clifton for the accident scene.
At 7:15 am the vehicle was located on Cty Hwy A just west of Justice Rd. Georgeson had gone of the road into a corn field on the north side of Cty hwy A at Krypton Rd. He then drove threw the field and crossed over Justice Rd and continued west until he hit a tree just off of Cty Hwy A.
Georgeson was treated for minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
After 19 years, La Crosse police chief Ed Kondracki is retiring. John Medinger inherited chief Kondracki when he became mayor in 1997.
Medinger talked to Mitch Reynolds on WIZM last night./