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What could cause a tree on a La Crosse street to catch on fire, with flames shooting 50 feet into the air?
The fire department believes that lightning started the blaze, and a broken natural gas line fed the flames. Firemen were called to the scene at 9th and Ferry Streets, around 2:30 on Sunday morning. The gas lines which helped keep the fire going were about three feet underground. The lines were shut off, so the fire could go out.
Dozens of people in La Crosse gathered outside a house of God on Friday...concerned about religion, and government. The St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral was the scene of a Fortnight for Freedom rally, calling on Catholics to oppose federal laws and court rulings that might threaten their faith. Bishop William Callahan is worried about a possible Supreme Court ruling that could end the Defense of Marriage Act. Backers of the campaign also criticize the Obama health care act, which they say will force employers to cover forms of contraception, and perhaps abortion, that are contrary to Catholic teachings.
Several road closures have been reported in the region because of heavy rains on Saturday.
MNDOT says Highway 43 in the Mabel area is partly closed, and Highways 26 and 14 near Houston also have closed portions. In Wisconsin, detours have been announced around Highway 35 between De Soto and Prairie du Chien.
Guilty on both counts...
That's the verdict today in the Cain Moss homicide trial. The jury needed only two hours to decide that Moss was responsible for the drug death of Tony DuCharme in the summer of 2011, and for dumping DuCharme's body on a hillside. Moss is the last of four defendants in the case to be convicted. He'll be sentenced on September 19th. The trial began on Monday.