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Agricultural experts are warning that heavy snows can trigger roof collapses.
The university extension warned that removal can be dangerous, since snow can slide, burying those below. Officials suggest using a roof rake from a safe distance
La Crosse has the highest monthly health insurance premiums of any metro area in the state at just over $772. That's 30% higher then the Madison metro area. La Crosse also has the highest quality health insurance plans, ranking three and a half out of four stars. Those numbers just released by the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Group.
This is the fifth year they have released the report. It is the first year they have included quality along with cost.
It wasn't easy for the Onalaska School District to expel a student for bringing a gun to school this month...
Superintendent John Burnett says this is the first time a student was caught bringing an actual firearm into the high school. The school board voted to expel the 15-year-old from the district for six years.
Superintendent Burnett says the Onalaska district is trying to help the student's family find alternate schooling...but under the law, the district is not required to provide education to a student who is expelled.
As poverty plagues families in the area, children from those families give additional challenges to school districts. New census numbers show La Crosse county to be one of the poorest in Wisconsin. With a total poverty level of just under 15 percent. In the La Crosse school district, the poverty level is a little higher for all students in the district; about 16 percent. That's a third higher than just ten years ago. Meanwhile, Onalaska's poverty rate among all students in the district is hovering at ten percent. Holmen is at about nine percent. Both of those districts have also had increases in poverty in the last ten years.