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So far we have heard the nation is on track to witness the worst outbreak of West Nile Virus ever. But La Crosse County Vecotor Control Agent, Dave Geske, says as people are aware of the old virus......here comes the new.
While it is unclear why this year has been harder hit than others, many think it is possibly because of the weather. It is possible that the mild winter and the hot summer also increase the number of mosquitoes, which spread the virus. Only one bird has been found in our county with the virus so far.
One dead bird with West Nile Virus has been found in La Crosse County. But who actually goes and gets the bird for study?
Amy Gab-Ril-Ska with Animal Control says after they retrieve the birds found, they send them off for sampling. She advises if you find a dead bird, to cover it up with a trash can or plastic bin...and call animal control.
A La Crosse company specializing in lake health is suddenly on the other end of a microscope. Aquatic Engineering and the village of Lake Delton is under investigation by the state department of Ag. Aquatic engineering is the company that dumped five hundred gallons of blue dye into Lake Delton last month in order to temporarily hide a distasteful water color apparently caused by an algae bloom. Neither the village or Aquatic Engineering got a permit for the dye job but the company says it didn't need one because the dye is not a pesticide or toxic in any way. The village paid about thirty thousand dollars to turn its lake blue for a few weeks.
Individuals who want to teach in Wisconsin schools may be able to do so without traditional certification. State Superintendent Tony Evers says that a new equivalency license will allow those with at least three years of teaching experience in a private setting or in a childcare facility to get into the public school system. La Crosse Schools Superintendent, Randy Nelson, likes the new approach.
Candidates would be required to pass a performance based assessment. Governor Walker addressed the new plan with enthusiasm saying it will help get qualified teachers into high need areas.
Western Technical College will present voters with a $79.8
The referendum will be presented to voters in the Western Technical College district, which covers all or part of 11 counties, including Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon.