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What should scuba divers do to avoid risking their health, when they go underwater?
Get good training, and good equipment. Advice from Marineland of Onalaska manager Jeff Zilliox, a diver himself. Two divers died at Wazee Lake in Jackson County this weekend...one apparently from a heart attack, with the other showing signs of surfacing too quickly. Zilliox says the divers at Wazee could have made some mistakes while going to levels below 150 feet.
A couple dozen squad cars were dispatched to the Nodine area on Sunday, in a search for a man missing from a campground.
The search, on the ground and by helicopter, turned up a 41-year-old man who had walked away from a campground on Friday night, apparently intending to harm himself. He apparently was dehydrated, and was taken to the Winona hospital for treatment. The man was not wearing his backpack when he was found, but police later discovered a handgun along with the pack and other belongings.
There's plenty of vacancies in La Crosse's city hall. Seems like none of them are getting filled. And city council member Marilyn Wigdahl wonders what kind of negative effect on city services that will have over time. Like the seven vacancies currently in the city's fire department. Wigdahl worries about what would happen if that department is short-staffed during a major fire in the city. She's also convinced that, with too many vacancies, the fire department will simply have to shut down a fire station at some point. Wigdahl is among those asking for a report on how vacancies left unfilled by mayoral directive are impacting city departments.
After one week, you might understand if the state of Wisconsin was still in a transition mode under the state's new indoor workplace smoking ban. Actually, Smokefree Wisconsin's Maureen Busalacchi says things are going pretty well. Even at bars. Busalacchi says that non-smokers are venturing out and exploring taverns that would have avoided before because of the smoke. Busalacchi contends that any business bars are losing now by going non-smoking, they'll more than make up for later. But, she admits, there just might be some bars that don't survive having the state go non-smoking indoors.
Two men from the twin cities die and another is injured in a scuba diving accident near Black River Falls. By the time Jackson County cops arrived at Wazee Lake Recreation Area all three men had been pulled from the water and CPR was getting used on the lone survivor. Police are investigating what killed the 60 and 57 year old scuba divers. Their 53 year old companion was injured but there's no update on his condition.