Originally, there was going to be otters. And mountain lions. Bears. Bobcats. A whole mess of birds. That was what the EcoPark in La Crosse was going to look like when plans were presented to get rid of the old zoo in the park and turn it into something indigenous. And then there was big fundraising problems. Which have apparently become big enough for plans to change at the park. Now, the park apparently will have no otters, or mountain lions, or pretty much any other animal. Although the Eco-Park will continue to be an interactive educational facility. Parks board president and city council member John Satory says he likes the new plans for the Eco-Park but is a little disappointed that the otters aren't going to be there.
Suppose you work for a big hardware store, and discover one winter day that some packages of chemicals broke open in the cold weather.
You can't sell the chemicals, but you're not sure how to get rid of those big herbicide popsicles. Until you notice that huge pile of snow left over from plowing the store parking lot. If you put the icy chemicals on the pile, they'll melt along with the snow, and then run off. Problem solved...until the D-N-R finds out what happened. The Menard's store in Onalaska got caught dumping frozen chemicals that way four years ago. Now, the state has ordered Menard's to pay a 30-thousand dollar fine for illegal disposal of hazardous wastes. The company also has to tell all of its store managers the proper way to get rid of herbicides and pesticides...which requires putting the chemicals in leak-proof containers. No more using the parking lot snow pile as a dump.
Two women in La Crosse are probably lucky to be alive after getting hit in a crosswalk over the week-end. Police say the women were walking across the street at the corner of Pearl and third streets downtown when they got hit by a guy in an out of control pick-up. The driver: Paul Vick, 27 year-old from Watertown. Police say he drunkenly hit a couple of parked cars as he was quickly trying to drive away from a bar. Apparently caused some trouble there. The bar's bouncer hauled Vick out of his pick-up after he sent the two women in the crosswalk flying. The bar's owner held Vick down until cops got there. Vick faces a number of charges.
The Pre-K program within the Lacrosse School District is one that you don't have to attend. It's voluntary. But Superintendent Jerry Kember says for those that choose the program........they see results. So he doesn't know why Senator Glen Grothman would want the program dumped.
The Lacrosse School District was one of the first in the state to offer pre-k schooling. So when a state senator says he wants to scrap the program, Kember says look elsewhere.
Senator Grothman said the state shouldn't encourage new 4K programs because taxpayers can't afford them. Kember counters that pre-k is in 85 percent of the state's school districts and with three times as many students as a decade ago.
When you promise police to help them out to stay out of trouble, best to follow through. A course of action apparently lost on Alan Laughlin. La Crosse guy, nicknamed "Smoke." A couple years ago, police nabbed Smoke for dealing pot. Said, if they let him go, he'd help cops bust a dealer higher up the food chain . Never did. So, when police caught up to the 34 year-old Laughlin a few days ago, he wasn't surprised that he'd have to face up to that two year old drug dealing charge. At the time of his original arrest, Laughlin claimed the several bags of pot he had on him were for personal use.