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Spencer Pederson died Saturday at a St. Paul hospital after being burned severely in a cornfield in the town of Hale. Pederson was 83. He had been driving a tractor through a field, and the Osseo fire chief thinks heat from the tractor might have ignited dry plants in the field. A second man was taken to the Osseo hospital for treatment.
A teacher assistant in La Crosse schools has been busted by police for some inappropriate goings-on inside a men's restroom at a mall on the northside. Cops say a witness pegged Glendon Fischer as the guy who solicited him for a sex act and displayed his anatomy from inside of a bathroom stall. Cops say they arrested the 67 year-old carrying a condom, latex gloves, some hand lotion, and a hanky. Police say Fischer denies any misdeeds but the witness is certain he's the lurid lavatory lounger. Cops are looking into the possibility that Fischer's been involved in other similar incidents.
Could have been a tragic ending to a car versus bicycle crash in La Crosse. Cops say a 62 year-old woman was waiting for traffic to clear on Friday evening. Apparently didn't take that last quick look before taking off. Cops say she ran over a guy on the bike. And didn't notice. A witness had to yell at her to let her know that she was dragging a man under her car. The woman was ticketed. The bicyclist was injured but able to answer police questions at the scene.
In Onalaska, another trip to the well to fill up school coffers. The school district has started the process of putting together a new referendum. Kind of like the one that the district got approved by voters a few years ago. The same one that's getting ready to expir, says
Onalaska superintendent John Burnett. A referendum that would go to the polls next February likely would ask voters for an extra $1.3 million a year.
The driver takes off after slamming his truck into the side of a LaCrosse Kwik Trip. At about 7:30 Friday night a silver pickup crashed into the Kwik Trip on Losey Boulevard. A bit of a scare for an employee and some merchandise fell off the wall. Otherwise, the damage was limited to some minor structural damage to the outer wall. After leaving the scene Friday night the driver Thomas Pesik turned himself in at the police department on Saturday morning where he was hit with a laundry list of charges. The 41 year old LaCrosse man is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.