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And to make sure your toys don't end up on that island.......you may want to look for the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group annual bad toy report. WISPERG features toys that are unsafe....been recalled.....or have other problems associated with them.
Kim Lombard, Trauma Prevention Specialist with Gunderson Lutheran, says surprisingly 18 children died in toy related deaths last year. And an additional 170 thousand were treated in emergency rooms for toy related injuries.
It's six for seven in La Crosse. Six people have applied to fill the seat for the vacant seventh district council seat, including one guy who used to sit in that seat on the council and another former council member. Jim Bloedorn was the seventh district council member a couple of years back but didn't run when he opted on a campaign for mayor instead. Jacie Gamroth is the former fifth district council member who now lives in the seventh district. Also applying for the seat are Bob Haavind, Richard Staff, Tim Marshall and Justin Fons. The seventh district council seat was recently vacated by Mike Larsen after apparently suffering some health problems. The person appointed will have to run in April to keep the seat.
The last time Indra Book was in court, a La Crosse county judge made it pretty clear: If he saw her again, she was likely going to prison. We'll see. Book, the 23 year-old woman who was convicted in the death of her infant daughter three years ago, has been in trouble for probation violations since her release from a halfway house earlier this year. Just days after getting a stern warning from judge Scott Horne about the path of rule-breaking she was traveling, Book's been busted again. This time for missing a breath test and for having synthetic pot in her purse.
Better weather. More deer. Happy hunters. It's probably too soon to say hunters across Wisconsin are completely pleased about the opening week-end of the state's nine day gun deer hunt just yet. But they certainly had a better time of it this year if you go by the numbers. The DNR pegs the preliminary total of deer harvested in the state after the first two days of gun deer at a little over 106 thousand. That's a six percent increase over last year's opening week-end totals of just a little over a hundred thousand deer. But also down considerably from 134 thousand in 2008 and over 170 thousand in 2007.
A La Crosse guy will spend his Thanksgiving week healing from some pretty significant stab wounds. Cops say the 44 year-old apparently upset his roommate, 37 year-old John Rera on Saturday. To the point where, cops say, Rera stabbed his buddy. Actually more like slashed him. Across the chest, across the back. Doctors say the guy would have died if he hadn't got help right away. Police suspect Rera might have been on an Adderall bender. Apparently he told cops, he just wasn't thinking straight. Rera faces a number of charges, including one for reckless endangerment and one for mayhem.