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A change of leadership is coming at the Coulee Council on Addictions...
Pat Ruda, the council's director for the last seven years, will leave that job later this month. During Ruda's time in charge of the Coulee Council, the organization took part in the city of La Crosse's efforts to crack down on binge drinking and river drownings. The council's board is now searching for a new agency director.
A streak of 22 dry days in La Crosse came to an end this morning...
At least six-hundredths of an inch of rain has fallen today at the National Weather Service office in La Crosse...marking the first time since June 20th that more than a trace of rain has been measured in the city. Elsewhere in the county, the town of Holland received half-an-inch of rain since midnight. Spring Grove is the only community in the immediate La Crosse area to get more than an inch of moisture today, with almost three inches recorded by 7 a.m.
La Crosse Police are investigating a sexual assault of an elderly southside La Crosse woman. It happened about 3am on June 26th.
Police say while the woman slept in a recliner, a man removed a screen to her apartment, climbed in and sexually assaulted her. Officers used dogs to pick up the scent but lost it at the river backwaters behind Seminary and Woodbridge Court.
The only description the woman could give police was a large male. WIZM news is not releasing the woman's name, age or location where the assault occured.
She was there for a reason.
Western Technical College Nursing student, Megan Barbian, was sun bathing at Pettibone Beach Wednesday night when a man found a 20 month old girl washed up on shore, not breathing. Barbian had heard the girls grandmother, Jackie Olson, asking if anyone had seen her......she says she then sprung up and started administering CPR for about 10 minutes.
The little girl was released from Gunderson Lutheran Thursday. Barbian says the life changing event has not hit her yet........but when it does.....it's something she will never forget. She plans on checking on the little girl every now and then now.
Two young girls seriously burned in a campfire explosion in southeastern Minnesota last month remain hospitalized.
Four-year-old Chloe Langen has been upgraded from critical to serious condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. 5-year-old Annabelle Heyer is in fair condition at University Hospital's burn center in Madison.
Houston County sheriff's officials say an adult poured flammable liquid on a smoldering fire June 29th at Money Creek Haven Campground near Houston. The liquid ignited and caused the container to catch fire and explode.