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(AP) Wisconsin wildlife officials say another survey has turned up no sign of a deadly bat disease. White-nose syndrome causes bats to wake up during hibernation and quickly deplete their energy stores. Federal wildlife officials estimated in January the disease has killed as many as 6.7 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada.
The state Department of Natural Resources conducted a survey of more than 100 potential hibernacula in the winter of 2010-11 and found to traces of the disease. DNR officials say a survey of 114 sites this past winter found no sign of the disease, either. But they remained convinced the disease is bound to appear sometime.
(AP) Storms packing high winds and windshield-shattering hail have rumbled across central Minnesota, but no serious damage or injuries are reported. National Weather Service meteorologist Byron Paulson says a brief tornado touchdown was reported Tuesday near Brooten in west-central Minnesota, but there was no significant damage. Paulson say hail measuring 1.75 inches shattered windshields in Albany in central Minnesota. Winds whipped up to 60 mph or better in Benton County. Another round of storms is possible Wednesday afternoon and evening across southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The Fourth Annual Festival Foods La Crosse Fitness Festival is this weekend and event planner, Pam Pfister, explains what it's all about.
New this year is the La Crosse Omnium Championship. Stage one racing begins on Saturday near Nodine Minnesota at the Ridgeway Community School. Stage two launches Saturday evening from the foot of the world famous Grandad Bluff. This closed course, race of truth against the clock, goes virtually straight up Grandad, climbing 686 feet in 2.37 miles. Stage three is a classic Criterium race--flat, fast, and furious with final runs going through downtown La Crosse.
The last time U-W-La Crosse hosted an NFL training camp, Bill Clinton was president.
And Roger Harring was still coach of the U-W-L Eagles football team. The New Orleans Saints last trained on the La Crosse campus in 1999, a full decade before finally winning a Super Bowl. But this year, the Saints decided to check out the La Crosse campus again as a possible training site. U-W-L athletic director Josh Whitman was in talks with the team for weeks, but they couldn't reach a deal. Whitman says the exposure would have been good for the university and the community. But Whitman, a former NFL player himself, adds that the La Crosse campus may not be adequate for the current demands of a pro football training camp. He suggests some improvements might be needed before a camp comes to town again.
The arrests of two men for a March murder in La Crosse have come, by coincidence, just a day before a memorial event in honor of the victim.
The 'Light Up the Sky' tribute to Sara Hougom is still planned for tonight at the Fox Hollow golf course of Barre Mills. Yesterday, two young men were brought to court on charges of killing Hougom during an apparent robbery attempt at her apartment.
The Fox Hollow event is expected to include the release of balloons carrying L-E-D lights. It begins at 6 p.m.