Competition takes place Dec. 5
Sometimes, when things are working well, you have to wonder why people want to change the way things work. Such is the case with lawmakers in Madison, who want to...
When bad weather hits your town, weather radios are a direct link to the best information coming straight from the National Weather Service. But only 5-10 percent of Americans have a weather radio. So the government is working on a new and more modern way to get people critical weather information. To your cell phones. Dan Baumgart is with the National Weather Service in La Crosse.
Starting sometime in June, emergency alerts will be sent directly from the National Weather Service to your cell phone for free. Baumgart says the NWS will only send the most critical alerts: tornado warnings, flash floods, blizzard warnings, and ice storm warnings.
Here's a rundsown of area Memorial Day ceremony's. In La Crosse, a parade begins at 9 a.m. at Sixth and King streets. The parade is followed by a service at 10 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery and at noon at Riverside Park. In Onalaska, the parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion and travels to the Onalaska Veterans Memorial in Onalaska Cemetery for a ceremony. The Holmen arade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Holmen Middle School.
In West Salem, there will be an observance at 10 a.m. at Village Park and a short ceremony near the tank at Veterans Park, West Salem. A rifle salute will be held by the Viroqua Unit of the Wisconsin National Guard and taps will be played at 9:45 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery, Viroqua. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. and a program will be at 10:30 a.m. at Viroqua Cemetery. In Westby, the American Legion and VFW Post will conduct ceremonies at 9:55 a.m. at Westby Veterans Memorial.
And in La Cresctn, a parade starts at 11:30 a.m. on Walnut Street
and will march to Veterans Park for an 11:45 a.m. program.
Fire and rescue personnel are hard at it in West Salem and near Winona at this hour.
WIZM'S Brad Williams is at a fire in West Salem.
No injuries reported. Also....a semi sitting on top of a car is engulfed in flames near Winona.
As of 4 pm, one lane of Highway 61 southbound is closed from HWY 43 to Dakota and the detour is hwy 43 to 90 to 61. Both lanes of Highway 61 northbound are open.
Clean up continues this morning following severe storms that hit the northern and central portions of Wisconsin yesterday afternoon and evening. Straight line winds with gusts up to 70 mph, hail, heavy rain and a tornado were reported. Several utilities are still reporting some scattered power outages this morning due to downed power lines but most power should be fully restored later today. In Eau Claire, the wastewater treatment plant continues to run on generator power but the lift stations are operational. Xcel Energy is reporting about 1500 customers are still without power but power should be fully restored this afternoon. In Taylor County, trees and power lines were down on Highway H just outside of Thorp and in Trempealeau County some trees went down in Arcadia but no reports of damage.
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As the La Crosse Central robed choir sings, I Love My Country, veterans and members of the La Crosse Community remember those who have lost their lives serving our country and the vets who are still here with us. The Memorial Day observance doesn’t just bring vets closer together, it’s a community event with a long standing tradition. 90 years now. And it's been a tradition for La Crosse School Board member, Dave Rudolph.
There will be a Memorial Day parade in downtown La Crosse on Monday starting at 9 a.m. It will start on King and 5th streets and go to the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Over 90 thousand absentee ballots went out to voters this week......and a heavier rush is expected next week. At least that's we are hearing from local city clerk's. As of Thursday, over 1545 total ballots went out in La Crosse....415 of those were absentee voters who voted in the clerk's office. Onalaska is also experiencing a high turnout of absentee voters, 200 in office by Thursday and almost 1000 in all. And in Sparta, City Clerk Julie Larson said after a slow start in office voting, she, too, expects more to come in next week. They have had a total of 145 as of Thursday. The recall election is June 5th in Wisconsin.
So far so good for the Highway 35 project going through Onalaska. And along the way...it hasn't all been road construction says City Engineer Jarrod Holter.
He says a team of 10 archeaologists have found a variety of native american fire pits and artifacts...all being worked on as the construction continues. No delays have been reported nad work should be wrapped up by November.
Charges made against the La Crosse county administrator will get a public hearing this summer...
No date has been set, but the county ethics board has agreed to hear arguments that Steve O'Malley illegally used his position of power to promote the city administrator referendum defeated last month in La Crosse. O'Malley believes his activities aimed at getting La Crosse voters to support the position of administrator were proper. Ethics board chairman Rick Kyte says it's possible that just one hearing will be needed to decide whether O'Malley broke any laws.