The sand in the hourglass has run out for that festival of sand-sculpting along the Mississippi in La Crosse...
The city park board has granted permission for Riverfront, Incorporated to cancel its reservation of Riverside Park for three days this August. Riverfront's board recently decided to end the Sand on the Riverfront festival, citing dwindling sponsorships.
The festival ran for 10 years. Corporate-sponsored teams would spend a Friday building large sand sculptures which would remain on display through the weekend.
After surviving a crash that killed her husband, a Vernon County woman is facing a homicide charge...
Sharon Gray of De Soto was scheduled for a bond hearing today, on suspicion of driving drunk and going off Highway 82 around 7 o'clock last night. Gray's husband, Jason, died after being thrown from the car. Officers believe he was not wearing a seat belt. The car missed a curve, hit a fence, and then caught on fire. Sharon Gray had to be rescued from the driver's side of the car. The crash happened east of De Soto.
You never know what you might find packed away in a corner of a garage...
One Minnesota man recently went to his late grandfather's garage, and discovered 64 pounds of mercury, which he tried to sell on-line. That's the equivalent of 30,000 mercury thermometers. The state of Minnesota bought the toxic chemical, to keep it from being released in the open. Carl Herbrandson of the Minnesota Department of Health says the liquid metal can cause a real mess. Mercury has been blamed for brain and nerve damage, which is why the government watches for high levels of it in fish, or from smokestacks.
Some of the best college bass fishermen are in town for two days as part of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwest Super Regional. Director Hank Weldon syas these are the best of the best.
The tournament area covers Mississippi River Pools 7 and 8, and the entire area encompasses the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. Coverage of the event will be televised later this year on ESPNU. The Best Western Plus Riverfront is the site for the daily launch and weigh-in. Boats take off at sunrise and begin returning for the weigh-in at 2 p.m. All events are free to the public.
Sirens in Monroe county at noon today shouldn't cause too much of an alarm. The city of Tomah and the Monroe County Communications Center have upgraded radio communications equipment. To ensure the severe weather warning sirens were not affected bt the changes, the sirens will be tested in the city of Tomah at noon.