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A frac sand mine in Monroe County has almost eliminated any concerns about trucks carrying away sand and damaging roads. Highway Commissioner Jack Dittmar talks about the site on Highway 21 between Sparta and Tomah.
And that's been a main concern to some counties that have placed moratoriums on the mining. That and effects on land and groundwater and health impacts on nearby residents.
The numbers of returning veterans going to college in Minnesota under a newly revamped GI bill is growing. Steve Frantz is with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Frantz says although the new GI Bill might not result in the sort of sweeping social change that was ushered in more than half a century ago by the sheer numbers of returning vets, it has the potential to transform lives of young service members and their families.
Now that the differences over parade fees for Oktoberfest have been settled, organizers of La Crosse's fall festival are moving ahead on schedule toward this year's event.
April is now the time of year when the Oktoberfest button design is revealed...and the 2012 button features music and a horn, a German hat, and colorful leaves. Western Tech student Michael Wolff is this year's winning designer...following the example of other recent artists at W-T-C. About 70 designs were submitted for this year's button contest. Michael is eager to enter the contest again in the future.
A couple of boys on the northside of La Crosse may need to find something more constructive to do. Cops say they found the two 14 year-old middle schoolers scampering around at night last week, breaking into cars and stealing all sorts of stuff. Police recovered a couple of GPS devices, a camera, some fishing lures, a cell phone, three packs of cigarettes, lighters, lots of change and several other things. One of the boys was also carrying a knife. Cops took one boy home to his parents, the other he had to drop off with an older sibling because mom's not around and dad's traveling in the nation of Laos.
Getting baked meant doing some actual baking for an accused drug dealer in La Crosse on Friday. Friday was 4-20, known in marijuana circles as a kind of holiday. Police say it was a 4-20 party that they busted at about three o'clock Friday morning. Through a thick, marijuana haze in the apartment, cops noted several bongs and pipes still smoking, along with pot cupcakes, two kinds of pot cookies, and loaves of bread with pot baked inside. Six pounds of baked goods in all. In a bedroom safe, they found about a half pound of pot and about 4400 hundred dollars in cash. Several people got tickets, three guys arrested including 21 year-old Kyle Murphy who faces serious charges for drug dealing/