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Another drug bust with the help of Ralph the drug dog. La Crosse police have arrested 41 year-old Phillip Madison Sr. for dealing pot. They say a cop recognized Madison's car, stopped him and called for Ralph. Ralph made a hit on the car and, sure enough, cops found three bags of pot and some cash. Not a whole lot of marijuana; about 45 grams altogether. But it's enough to charge Madison with dealing.
The fix-up of La Crosse's most iconic park will take a little longer than planned. City park and rec director Steve Carlyon had hoped to complete the re-vamp of Grandad Bluff Park this year. Now, it looks like it won't get done until next Spring. The park won't be made safer necessarily, but Carlyon says it will look nicer. The plan is to re-do everything from the entrance to the park right up to bluff's edge with expansion of the viewing area in store as well as repairs to the areas that were damaged by severe flooding just a couple of years ago. The city will spend a couple hundred thousand dollars on the park fix-up.
Area veterans and fans of aviation are making their plans for another Freedom Fest in La Crosse this summer.
Organizers of the day-long celebration announced today that a rock concert by R-E-O Speedwagon and Three Dog Night will be a highlight of events at the La Crosse Airport. The Freedom Fest also features a motorcycle rally through the area, and another Freedom Honor Flight to take older veterans on a day trip to the nation's capital. This year, all the Freedom Fest activities will be on just one day...Saturday, June 19th.
DON'T EXPECT LA CROSSE BUS DRIVERS TO HAVE CHANGE READY FOR YOU, IF YOU PLAN TO RIDE AN M-T-U BUS IN THE FUTURE...
THE CITY TRANSIT SYSTEM IS PREPARING TO PHASE IN AN 'EXACT FARE' POLICY LATER THIS YEAR. M-T-U DIRECTOR KEITH CARLSON SAYS MOST CITIES HAVE STOPPED MAKING CHANGE FOR BUS PASSENGERS. THE STANDARD FARE THIS YEAR IS A-DOLLAR-25. CARLSON TELLS US NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE M-T-U RIDERS CARRY BUS PASSES ANYWAY, SO THEY WON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT CASH TO GET A RIDE.