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It was a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. And in Vernon County as well. Each week the Vernon County sheriff's office provides a report of what kept them busy during the week. As you would expect in rural Wisconsin, there were no big crimes. But there were four car-deer accidents in the past week. And someone dumped a large amount of garbage after hours at the town recycling center. And several tombstones were damaged in the Liberty Pole cemetery, where it appears a car tried to drive between the grave markers. Also last week, in the town of Kickapoo, one man reported the theft of a black and white concrete Holstein calf lawn ornament. No word if they have any suspects in the concrete calf caper.
A presidential candidate makes a stop in the La Crosse area tonight. Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will have dinner at Drugan's in Holmen tonight. He will appear live on the O'Reilly show at 7pm from Drugan's. Gingrich has already made several stops in the La Crosse area.
The investigation into the fire that destroyed the former Optical Fashions building at 400 Jay Street Saturday, begins today.
Firefighters think the blaze, that took all day to fight, may have started in an attic of an empty building.
Firefighters were on scene until 1am Sunday morning knocking down hotspots.......later in the day the entire building was knocked down into a pile of rubble and wood.
The American Red Cross is working to help the families that were burned out of 6 apartments housed in the building
Neighborhood Watch Groups around the City of La Crosse in cooperation with the La Crosse Police Department, will be hosting the 14th annual National Night Out block parties across the city Tuesday night. For the past 28 years Neighborhood Watch Groups and over 15,000 communities around the nation have been participating in National Night Out. This is the 14th year the city of La Crosse has taken part in National Night Out to help make neighborhoods safer throughout the year and not just one night.
Interviews are taking place today for Winona County's new Community and Environmental Protection Services director position. And the two being interviewed are John Shepard of Slayton, Minnesota and Jason Gilman of Onalaska. Gilman is Onalaska's Land Use and Development Director.
County Administrator Duane Hebert says they consolidated the emergency management, planning and environmental services departments recently.....all at a huge cost savings. Hebert said the county expects to extend an offer to one of the finalists early next week.
The county began its search for the director this spring, and two finalists, Shepard and Howard Blin, were selected in early June. But the county terminated the process after county commissioner Marcia Ward made statements about the applicants’ ages..... hiring based on age is illegal. A second hiring process began later in June, and previous applicants were encouraged to reapply.