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More than a dozen cases of whooping cough in La Crosse County just this month is a cause for concern among nurses and doctors...
Health professionals recommend a vaccine for those who are not sick, and anti-biotics for people who are infected. Bridget Pfaff , an infection specialist from Gundersen Lutheran, says people with pertussis might not know it right away, because symptoms are similar to allergies. But once you have it, you can feel effects of the illness for weeks.
Infants up to six months old can have the most severe reaction to pertussis, getting pneumonia or even dying.
A rural Kendall man is clinging to life today after being pinned by a farm tractor. It happened just before 7 last night in the Town of Wellington in Monroe County. The Sheriff says the family of a 69 year old man went looking for him after he had not retured home. They found the man pinned under a farm tractor that had flipped over. The man had to be carried out of the woods by hand by the Ontario Fire department members. He was transported to Gunderson Hospital by Med Link Air with life threatening injuries.
The sand in the hourglass has run out for that festival of sand-sculpting along the Mississippi in La Crosse...
The city park board has granted permission for Riverfront, Incorporated to cancel its reservation of Riverside Park for three days this August. Riverfront's board recently decided to end the Sand on the Riverfront festival, citing dwindling sponsorships.
The festival ran for 10 years. Corporate-sponsored teams would spend a Friday building large sand sculptures which would remain on display through the weekend.
After surviving a crash that killed her husband, a Vernon County woman is facing a homicide charge...
Sharon Gray of De Soto was scheduled for a bond hearing today, on suspicion of driving drunk and going off Highway 82 around 7 o'clock last night. Gray's husband, Jason, died after being thrown from the car. Officers believe he was not wearing a seat belt. The car missed a curve, hit a fence, and then caught on fire. Sharon Gray had to be rescued from the driver's side of the car. The crash happened east of De Soto.
You never know what you might find packed away in a corner of a garage...
One Minnesota man recently went to his late grandfather's garage, and discovered 64 pounds of mercury, which he tried to sell on-line. That's the equivalent of 30,000 mercury thermometers. The state of Minnesota bought the toxic chemical, to keep it from being released in the open. Carl Herbrandson of the Minnesota Department of Health says the liquid metal can cause a real mess. Mercury has been blamed for brain and nerve damage, which is why the government watches for high levels of it in fish, or from smokestacks.