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Joseph Vinopal Junior of La Crosse and Heather Althiser of Onalaska were killed along with two people from Iowa when their car rolled several times in a ditch. The Iowa State Patrol says Althiser was the only person in the car wearing a seat belt. The other three were thrown from the car. Because of many crashes there over the years, a family living near the curve reportedly has tried to get the speed limit reduced, or to have warning signs put up nearby.
You won't be able to hear the radio chatter before the fatal accident near Midway this past week-end. Not for awhile, anyway. The La Crosse county dispatch center has denied our newsroom's request for the audio of the conversations between dispatch and deputy Trisha Stratman prior to and after the accident that left 16 year-old Brandon Jennings dead. Recording of that audio is part of an ongoing investigation into the accident. Stratman was responding to a call at a bar on Mill Street in Holmen when she collided with Jennings at the intersection of highways 35 and OT.
Next winter could be another study year for an alternate side parking experiment in La Crosse. the city's parking utility board wants to look at another year of data before deciding whether to move forward with rules that would enforce alternate side parking only during snow emergencies or when the streets need sweeping. Board chair, Audrey Kader says last winter was just too unusual to make good decisions by. There were three significant snowfalls and those just weren't enough to determine if the notification process worked well. What didn't work, says Kader, was people moving cars when the streets needed sweeping. The alternate side parking study was conducted in an area that surrounds the UWL campus,.
Saying, "we're number one," feels pretty good sometimes. But not when it's number one in taxes. According to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance new report on spending and taxing in state munipalities, La Crosse holds the dubious distinction of having the highest tax rate among 23 like-sized cities. La Crosse's city property tax levy was $11.60 in 2010 and, according to the alliance, saw the third highest jump in the levy among the state's mid-sized cities. Among those same cities, La Crosse also has one of the lowest levels of income per taxpayer.
The only bridge over the Mississippi between La Crosse and Prairie du Chien has been shut down today...after a barge ran into it.
The Blackhawk bridge at Lansing has been closed because of the accident. Traffic to and from the bridge on Wisconsin Highway 82 may be closed for the next few hours, but the Crawford County Sheriff's Office says north-south traffic on the Wisconsin side is still moving. People who normally use the bridge at Lansing will have to travel 30 miles to the north or south to get across the river until the bridge reopens.