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You may have already seen your last Maple Leaf parade in La Crosse. The Oktoberfest board meets today to consider the future of its parades after city hall refused to negotiate last week on new parade fees. Losing the giant Maple Leaf parade would hurt, says Oktoberfest executive director Tina Severson. But maybe more the city than the Oktoberfest organization itself
The city wants 18 thousand dollars in new fees from Oktoberfest to run its parade this year. Severson expects that amount to balloon to over forty thousand dollars next year.
Have you started swatting at mosquitoes yet this year?
Some people have started seeing the little pests around La Crosse, because of the premature beginning to spring. La Crosse County's chief mosquito watcher, Dave Geske, says the winter weather didn't do much to decrease the numbers of insects.
Mosquito experts generally predict that because we won't get much flooding this spring, the local mosquito population is likely to be low.
Tomah Police say a shooting that took place this weekend was not random. Police responded to a report of a shooting that happened on the city walking trail south of Parkview Drive a little after 10pm Saturday night.
Officers found 21 year old Holten Mayberry, who said he had walked to the entrance of the trail near Parkview Drive. Mayberry told police that he was walking on the trail near the railroad bridge when two unknown males confronted him and one of the suspects shot him in the shoulder. Mayberry was transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital where he was treated and later transferred to a La Crosse Hospital with non life threatening injuries.
Two La Crosse police officers are pleading guilty to federal charges of violating hunting laws...
Officers Corrie Korn and Faling Yang will be sentenced in May, and both could face prison time. The U-S Attorney's office says the two cops illegally killed and transported ducks while operating their own hunting guide service three years ago. The charges resulted from testimony by undercover agents who went hunting with the officers. As part of their pleas, Korn and Yang have agreed not to act as hunting guides...or to hunt anywhere in the U-S...for the next two years.
This year's fees for Oktoberfest won't be the end. The organization got nowhere in negotiations with La Crosse city hall yesterday in efforts to reduce parade fees from the 18 thousand dollars the city wants for this year. And next year, it would be much more, says fest executive director, Tina Severson
The Oktoberfest board meets on Monday to decide what to do next. A real possibility: Cancelling the fest's three parades.