The ideal number of fire stations in La Crosse? Depends on what kind of outcome you're after, says fire chief Gregg Cleveland. The chief has told a city council committee looking at his department that a couple fire stations are not located in ideal spots. But he remains noncommittal about whether the city has enough stations altogether. Cleveland says only that more stations means lower response times and fewer stations means longer response times. Cleveland says, you could put a fire truck on every corner, but that isn't necessarily the most cost effective way to run a fire department.
Firearms training is the new hot thing in Wisconsin.
The state's concealed carry law requires some form of training in order to pack a weapon. It's led to a great amount of interest in training classes at the Onalaska Gander Mountain Academy
Ben Halvorsen's an instructor at Gander Mountain where, he says, all the instructors have a military or law enforcement background. The six hour class at the academy will cover everything from how to stand to when to use a firearm. Halvorsen says price for the class is $99.
From the middle of the country, it looks like little progress is being made toward a debt reduction deal in Washington.
But from the middle of the U-S Senate, the moderate center, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is optimistic that agreement can be reached before an early August deadline. While touring a dairy farm near Caledonia on Saturday, Democrat Klobuchar pointed out that a debt plan needs more than a simple majority to pass...it needs 60 votes.
Klobuchar believes billions could be cut just in areas such as defense spending. She says Minnesota residents want to see 'shared sacrifice' at the federal level.
2 people stranded on Rosebud Island in Lake Onalaska late Saturday, were found safe and sound after a somewhat hectic search was conducted.
Shortly after 11pm, Brice Prairie EMS & Rescue was dispatched to a report of two people stranded on an island somewhere in Lake Onalaska. Six volunteers responded with two Brice Prairie Boats, and began a search of the lake. With assistance from La Crosse Emergency Dispatch, it was determined via cell phone coordinates that the two were on Rosebud Island.
A ground search was conducted by two teams from Brice Prairie and MedLink Air Helicopter. After an hour and a half search by MedLink the pair were found around 12:35am. Both people received minor cuts and scrapes, and returned home shortly after 1am.
Fire destroys a popular restaurant near Black River Falls...
The Rustic Mill on Highway 54 is a total loss, after a fire that broke out late Saturday night. Firefighters from Black River and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office were called out around midnight. Investigators haven't figured out how the fire started. The Rustic Mill just reopened a year ago after a brief shutdown.