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La Crosse county: Burn 'em if you got 'em. The Town of Campbell lifted its burning ban yesterday. It was the last remaining open burning ban in La Crosse county. The ban went into effect after a significant shortage of rain caused dangerously dry conditions. The half inch or so of rain that fell over the week-end altered those conditions considerably.
There were big breweries, small breweries. National breweries. Local breweries. In the end, it was the hometown brewery that won the hearts and tastebuds of those attending the between-the-bluffs beer, wine and cheese fest this week-end in La Crosse. Pearl Street Brewery was voted the number one brewery by the three thousand or so who attended the tasting festival at the Oktoberfest grounds on Saturday. The micro brewery, located in the old La Crosse Footwear factory, has been in existence for a little over ten years.
Oktoberfest in La Crosse is still five months away...
But since this year marks the 50th Oktoberfest, the event's organizers felt like getting a head start on the celebration. The design for this year's button was introduced last week. It has a simple design, without the local scenery you might be used to seeing on the button, with 50 maple leaves representing the 50 years of the festival. Designer Phil Addis says it took him only an hour to come up with the artwork. He says he was genuinely surprised to learn that his design won the contest.
Half-an-inch of rain may not seem like a lot...but it's better than we've seen lately in La Crosse.
The National Weather Service says the city of La Crosse had 52-hundredths of an inch of rain since Friday, with most of it falling Saturday when storms rolled through the area. Meteorologist Dan Jones says that should help turn the grass green, and bring more leaves out on the trees. La Crosse has had just an inch-and-a-half of rain in April...which is more than an inch below normal for the month. Winter snowfall also was below normal, by about four inches.