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The annual Riverfest begins today.....and besides kids rides, entertainment and food....the heat will also be a big conversation amongst festers. WIZM'S Dan Deicher talked with officials about what they are doing to deal with the heat this week.
A Sparta man has been charged with vehicular homicide for a 2009 drunk driving crash that killed his brother. 26 year old Jason Schodeberg was arrested last Friday for allegedly driving drunk and crashing a vehicle July 26th, 2009 on Highway 33 near Cashton. His brother, 30 year old Glenn Schodeberg of Leon, was found pinned beneath it. He was dead at the scene. Jason Schodeberg left the crash scene, apparently trying to find help, but was found later by EMT's and was treated for injuries. At the time of the accident, investigators could not determine who was driving the vehicle. Jason Schodeberg told police he begged his brother not to drive and was a passenger. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department says DNA evidence recovered from the car's air bags and witnesses helped them determine Jason Schodeberg was, in fact, the driver. Schodeberg appeared in court Monday on several charges, including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. He was released on a $5 thousand cash bond. He will be back in court July 9th.
You think La Crosse has been around a long time?
A city that's 150 years old is nothing, when you compare it to 'the old country.' La Crosse's German sister city of Friedberg was founded in the year 1264...which means they're getting ready for their community's 750th anniversary in 2014. Meanwhile, Friedberg Mayor Peter Bergmair has made it to La Crosse this week to help us celebrate our country's 236th birthday. Bergmair will represent Friedberg at a special sister-city booth during Riverfest, which begins tomorrow.
The advantage goes to which political party? That's a question about last week's supreme court decision on federal health care overhauls that has yet to be answered. La Crosse democratic party chair, Vicki Burke says her party should do well with the victory. Because it benefits all Americans
But republicans are hoping the unpopularity of the individual insurance mandate will result in democratic losses and the end of the Obama presidency.
Fireworks and firecrackers will be everywhere around the U-S this week...except maybe in places where the risk of wildfires is high.
About half the counties in Wisconsin are considered very dry by the DNR, and Crawford and Richland Counties have been placed under an emergency burning order until further notice. Catherine Koele from the DNR says several factors were used to decide where bans on campfires and outdoor smoking would go. Cities that have holiday fireworks planned can still have those displays, even if they're within the restricted zone.