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Ask anybody who drives highway 16 daily in La Crosse and they'll tell you about the constant traffic back-ups caused by accidents.
As often as it happens, however, we've found that the number of intersection accidents on highway 16 have actually dropped significantly over a five year stretch. In 2005 higway 16 and Gillette street was the most accident-prone in the city, with 29 reported that year. Last year, there was only 8 at that intersection. Number two crash-prone intersection was at 16 and 157. 24 accidents in 2005. 22 last year. Number three that year; 16 and 157. That intersection dropped from 23 crashes to 7 last year. Police numbers show several intersections in the city now are much more likely to have accidents than those on highway 16.
Got a beef about the $74 million the city of La Crosse is planning on spending next year? Let 'em have it. The city's budget hearing is tonight. And city council president Audrey Kader says she'd rather hear something about it than nothing at all
On Friday, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that does away with the state's earn a buck program. The new law won't change anything for the upcoming gun deer hunt from November 19th to the 27th. The DNR had already chosen not to implement most earn a buck provisions this year. However, the law means the department won't even have the option in future years. Walker, an avid hunter himself, says hunting in the state is a key topic he will being up again in a few weeks.
A La Crosse guy faces several charges after leading police on a high speed chase Sunday night. Cops say 34 year-old Jamie Loftus was extremely drunk when they finally stopped him on Mormon Coulee Road. It was a ten minute chase that started on Main street and Losey boulevard and involved Loftus running from police in his white Chevy at up to 80 miles an hour. A cop spun Loftus around on the Mormon Coulee overpass and several officers had to drag him from his car. Fifth OWI for Loftus. They say he blew a .30 on the breathalyzer when they booked him into jail.
A venison donation program, operated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and state food shelves provides a source of protein to people in need while helping reduce local deer populations. Mike Shommer with the Department of Ag.....says there are no down sides to the program.