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Another death has been attributed to last month's heat wave. According to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office, a 65-year-old Sparta woman's death has been confirmed as heat-related. The woman died on July 23rd. She did not have air conditioning in her home and she also had an underlying health condition.
The Monroe County death brings the number of heat-related deaths to five that occurred during the hot, humid conditions from July 15th-24th.
Wisconsin Emergency Management continues to monitor the situation.
Middle School students in the School District of La Crosse will have yet another option for learning beginning in the 2011-12 school year. La Crosse Design Institute, a charter school with design as the central theme for learning, will open September 1st. Forty students are currently registered to attend the school which will be housed at Longfellow Middle School.
Dr. Penny Reedy, the school’s principal says the School District of La Crosse learned this week that the charter school was awarded a $175 thousand implementation grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The school received a planning grant for the same amount in April of 2010 to develop the curriculum for the school.
To learn more about La Crosse Design Institute visit www.lacrosseschools.org/designinstitute
Officials are trying to determine whose body it is that divers pulled from Mississippi River near Winona Sunday afternoon. They says it had been in the water for quite some time.
The La Crosse County Health Department- Public Health Nursing Division is dedicated to promoting wellness and preventing disease in individuals by offering childhood immunization programs. Partnering with Every Child by Two and the CDC, they work to raise awareness of the critical need for timely immunization and to foster a systematic way to immunize all children by age two.
Children’s vaccine is available for children under 19 years-of-age; there is no cost for the vaccine itself. There is a $15 dollar administration fee per person.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Public Health Nursing Division at 608-785-9723; hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Community clinics will be held at the following locations: Wednesday the 10th at the Holmen Middle School from 3-6pm and next Tuesday at the Onalaska Middle School from 3-6pm.
Should there have been no swimming signs posted in an area where a 6 year old boy drowned in the Mississippi River last week? The family of Jr. Thao thinks so. The boy disappeared in the water last Monday at Pettibone Park. His body was recovered two days later.
The boy's sister, Shoua Thao, says that the area should have had signs warning that it was dangerous to swim there. We checked with the Lacrosse city attorney's about the matter....they did not want to comment until a review of policies had been done first.
Officials say the area where the family was swimming last Monday is dangerous because it's next to the main shipping channel and the currents are swift.