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Should Winona County put the brakes on frac sand mining. That question is now being debated amongst residents there. At a county board hearing last week, most of the speakers from the Winona County Board backed a moratorium, voicing concerns ranging from air and water quality, to road damage, to health issues. Moratorium opponents touted the potential economic benefits of sand mining. Jason Gillman says they heard quite a bit that night.
The board deferred a decision until its January 10th meeting. Eight sand mine permit applications have been filed in Winona County.
The democratic party of La Crosse county brought in Tammy Baldwin last night....she's the only democrat running to replace Senator Herb Kohl. And tonight, the only democratic candidate for Governor, Senator Tim Cullen, will make a stop in La Crosse. All leading up to a big recall charge this weekend, says new party chair, Vicki Burke.
Burke, who takes the top spot in the party this week, says the party will gather across the street from the republican headquarters opening on Saturday then will make one final push in gathering signatures in the recall attempt of Governor Scott Walker.
Reshaping the I-90 Exit 3 corridor is a once in a generation idea.......and as WIZM's Dan Deicher explains...it could re-shape the entire northside of La Crosse.
County Administrator Steve O'Malley says the time is right for La Crosse, Onalaska, the county and the area planning committee to pool together $49 grand and get a study down on the entire corridor. It would go right along with a planned $56 million project that includes I-90 and Highway 53.
And O'Malley says.......
The entities involved will now discuss spending the money on the survey.......then hold a public meeting in March.
Anything but quiet on La Crosse county roads for 2011. Final DOT tally of deadly accidents in the county for the year shows a significant spike for La Crosse, 17 total. That's a jump from 6 fatal crashes the year before. Five year average for the county in a year's time is just eight fatalaties. Among the deadly accidents were two that involved pedestrians. Trempealeau county also saw a jump in deadly crashes, from 3 in 2010 to 8 last year. Vernon county also increased but by a less significant amount. Monroe county saw a decrease in road fatalities.
La Crosse might put in some money to pay for a new study. This one would consider whether it makes sense to move interstate exit 3 in order to spark some economic life in the area. Just a few thousand dollars for the study but moving the exit could have a huge impact, says Andrea Richmond whose district covers the exit 3 area
The council this month will vote on whether to help pay for a study. The DOT already has plans in place for rebuilding the aging interchange.