A tragic ending to prom night in Viroqua. Right before 11pm Saturday night a car carrying four teens went off the road crashing into a row of trees. 17 year old Nathan Gunderson and 18 year old Arrow Wildhack were sitting on the passenger side of the car and were killed in the crash. The driver 17 year old Rachel Way and passenger 15 year old Gina Young suffered minor injuries and were able to walk away from the crash. Vernon county sheriff Gene Cary says there recollection will be a major part of the investigation. He hopes their statements will shed some light on exactly what caused the crash. Cary says this kind of tragedy has an even bigger impact on a community as tight knit as Viroqua.
A tiny pest came out early and in large numbers. LaCrosse county vector control manager Dave Geske tells us warm weather has brought out ticks. Especially deer ticks which carry lyme and other bacterial diseases. Geske says repellents will work. But, you need to follow directions and make sure you apply enough repellant to keep the deer ticks from making you their next blood meal.
New York's gain is LaCrosse county's loss. After serving for nearly a dozen years county human services director Jerry Huber is leaving his post to accept a job working with disabled people in the Big Apple. He says the people were the best part of his job in LaCrosse county. This is a homecoming for Huber. He grew up in Manhattan and already has a daughter living in New York. His new job starts in July.
The LaCrosse county board approves raises next year for the sheriff and the clerk of courts. For 2011 Sheriff Steve Helgeson will receive a three percent pay hike bringing his annual wages to $92,143. Clerk of courts Pam Radtke will make a little over 63 grand this year. For next year the county board has increased her wages by five percent bringing her annual salary up to $66,383.
The driver takes off after slamming his truck into the side of a LaCrosse Kwik Trip. At about 7:30 Friday night a silver pickup crashed into the Kwik Trip on Losey Boulevard. A bit of a scare for an employee and some merchandise fell off the wall. Otherwise, the damage was limited to some minor structural damage to the outer wall. After leaving the scene Friday night the driver Thomas Pesik turned himself in at the police department on Saturday morning where he was hit with a laundry list of charges. The 41 year old LaCrosse man is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.
Governor Doyle doesn't have to look far for his new commerce secretary. Yesterday, the governor appointed Aaron Oliver to the job. Oliver has been serving as deputy secretary under Richard Leinenkugel. Recently, Leinenkugel stepped down to run for the U.S. senate. Oliver got most of his higher education at UW-Madison. But, he also was a Rhodes Scholar after going to school at Oxford University. Oliver officially starts his new job on Monday.
A Genoa house gets the worst of a car crash. This morning at about one - thirty Michael Keilholz apparently blew a stop sign and crashed into a house. The homeowner 86 year old Margaret Starch was treated and released from a local hospital. The 48 year old Keilholz didn't suffer any injuries.
A bold prediction from LaCrosse's Indoor Football League team. This time it isn't just head coach Gilbert Brown putting himself on the line. The whole organization has stepped forward and have guaranteed a victory against their opponents this Sunday the Sioux City Bandits. On the eve of training camp Coach Brown guaranteed he would bring home a championship LaCrosse. The team has gotten off to an oh and five start. But, The Spartans have shown improvement since the beginning of the season. Oh, and if the team doesn't win on Sunday afternoon everyone with a ticket will get a free one for the May 21st game versus Bloomington.
One hundred and nineteen million dollars. That's how much Minnesota has coming to them according to Representative Greg Davids. Because Wisconsin owes Wisconsin that much and hasn't paid Governor Tim Pawlenty has put an end to tax reciprocity between the two states. Meaning that people who work in one state and live in the other will now have to file two tax forms. Which will inevitably lead to higher taxes for border residents. The Wisconsin senate is looking at putting together a study. Davids doesn't believe that will accomplish anything.
LaCrosse's indoor football team gets closer to their first victory. Yesterday , the LaCrosse Spartans got as close as three points before dropping a division match up to the Green Bay Blizzard by a score of 43-30. Running back Mark Bonds chipped in with two t.d. runs and linebacker Blake Freese had a safety and an interception return for a touchdown. The Spartans drop to 0-5. Their next game is Sunday against Sioux City at the LaCrosse Center.