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It might feel like a repeat of Riverfest weather today in La Crosse, if the mercury reaches 100.
But the heat wave isn't expected to last long enough for local agencies to open cooling centers at night. La Crosse County health educator Al Graewin says special shelters used in very hot or very cold weather might become a more permanent offering.
More than a dozen people used cooling centers in La Crosse during a three-night period, beginning on July 4th.
When Oktoberfest comes this year, plenty of kids and families are expected to spend some time at the northside festgrounds.
The shelter in Copeland Park is being renamed the 'L-H-I Community Festplatz.' Oktoberfest director Tina Severson says the facility will be set aside specifically for family-friendly activities. But it will not be open the final Friday and Saturday of the fest:
Dance contests, video gaming, and martial arts events are among the attractions set for this year in the 'festplatz.'
Bill Feehan, La Crosse area businessman and candidate for Wisconsin state Senate, says that his campaign has raised more than $75 thousand. That leads all republican challengers for the state senate. He says it gives him a better chance to get out talk to voters.
Feehan says people are recognizing that there is a better economic future for our state, and that this race is crucial to achieving it.
Head honchos in the city of La Crosse make no secret of wanting to save money.
When John Lehman reversed his 2010 election defeat in a recall race last month, he allowed Democrats to regain control of the Wisconsin Senate for the first time in 18 months.