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Terry Jones and Gary Willis of La Crosse stopped on a sandbar Saturday afternoon. Jones went into the water for a swim, and began struggling. Willis couldn't reach him, and went to Goose Island for help. The La Crosse County Sheriff's department and other agencies searched for about two hours before finding Jones's body. There was a strong current, and the water was about 10 feet deep where Jones went swimming.
You're not going to believe this. But the Wisconsin DOT is actually trying to make your Memorial Day week-end travel easier. The agency actually schedules some road repair projects to end before this week-end to ease holiday travel. No kidding, says Don Greul, project development engineer for the DOT. One of the projects is just north of Madison; done with work before Memorial day, starts up again after Labor day. Done before next winter. Greul says the interstate work south of Tomah was also completed just in time for this week-end's travel bubble.
It might look like the healthy glow of summer. But a tan from a tanning bed might be more like the deadly gloom of cancer. That's essentially the results of a new study that finds the risk of melanoma skin cancer 74 percent higher among those who do indoor tanning. But don't expect the tanning to stop, says Gundersen Lutheran dermatologist, Karl Noll. He says it's really hard for young people to believe tanning is dangerous when it's such a delayed effect. Sound familiar? Does to the World Health Organization. WHO already considers tanning beds to be the same kind of cancer risk as tobacco.
Good news on the job front, La Crosse posted the state's second-lowest unemployment rate as Wisconsin continued to add jobs in April. Each of Wisconsin's 12 metropolitan areas posted job growth last month, according to data released today by the Department of Workforce Development. La Crosse was among four metro areas to add 500 or more jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent, second only to Madison. The statewide unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.
Looks like a rematch for a local assembly race. Two years ago democratic challenger and the head of the local red cross chapter Cheryl Hancock ran against incumbent state representative Mike Huebsch. The West Salem republican held on to his seat. If he wants to serve another two years he will have to defeat Hancock for a 2nd time. Later today Hancock is holding a news conference to announce her candidacy.