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It's 'absolutely necessary' to get rid of most of La Crosse's ash trees...
That's what one expert told the La Crosse Park Board last night, before the board voted to take down all of the ash trees on four pieces of city property. The reason...to prevent the emerald ash borer from killing those trees. Evidence of the insect's presence in La Crosse was confirmed this month, when a blighted tree was discovered at Valley View Mall. If the city council approves the plan, hundreds of ash trees will be cut up into chips, which will be stockpiled at West Copeland Park.
Still not a certainty that a recall for La Crosse city council president
Investigators have found the body of the Osseo-Fairchild School District Superintendent. A news release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department says that deputies found the body of Dennis Geissler on Wednesday at a home in Barron County.
The AIDS outbreak doesn't get as much public attention as it did in the 80's and 90's, but the rate of infection is growing in Wisconsin and other places.
The head of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Mike Gifford, says hundreds of new HIV infections are reported yearly in the state. The number of new cases last year was up 19 per cent from the number reported in 2010.
Gifford supports a call by a national task force to do routine testing for the AIDS virus among patients 15 and older.
The mass removal of ash trees is not a proven method for stopping the spread of the emerald ash borer...
That word from a Minnesota agriculture spokeswoman comes as the Gopher State plans to use stingless wasps to destroy the ash borer population there. Liz Erickson of the MDA says a test release of wasps in Houston County hasn't lasted long enough to show that it works. The city of La Crosse is talking about cutting down all ash trees in certain parks, to keep the ash borer from killing the trees. The park board may vote on the clear-cutting plan tonight.