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A rural Sparta man is dead after being thrown from his motorcycle last night. Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin says the crash happened just after 6 on State Hwy 16 at the intersection of Hamlet Avenue in the town of Sparta.
A van driven by 63 year old Clarence Justin of rural Sparta collided with a west bound motorcycle, driven by 62 year old Doren Clark also of rural Sparta. Clark was taken to Mayo Clinic Sparta Campus by ambulance where he subsequently died.
Justin was not injured in the crash. An investigation into the crash is being conducted.
La Crosse courts have handled a couple of priest abuse cases in the last two years...
Now, another one has turned up, with a priest who was in La Crosse for a church law conference accused of touching a teenage girl's breast in public. The Rev. David Szatkowski reportedly was drunk at the time, and one of the victim's friends took a picture of him with a cell phone. Police report the incident happened outside the Radisson on Monday night. Szatkowski tells police he had been drinking wine, brandy, and whiskey during and after dinner that night, but did not feel 'buzzed.'
A year after it washed out, La Crosse's Bliss Road is getting close to seeing some repairs. But with very little time left in the construction season, will the road to Grandad Bluff be repaired by winter? It will if the contractor wants all the money, says city public works boss, Dale Hexom. Getting the road done by the end of October is in the repair contract. Depending, of course on the weather. Hexom says if there's significant inclement weather between now and then, the contract allows for delay. Otherwise Bliss should be ready to go by winter.
JR Strupp will get close to a half million dollars to fix the road. Most of that money will get reimbursed to the city from the federal government.
Obey traffic laws on your bicycle? You may not be in the majority in La Crosse.
City council president Audrey Kader this week expressed a little frustration that bicyclists were more often than not ignoring traffic laws. Police sergeant Kirk Flatten concedes more enforcement of bicycle rules could help that problem. He says, when there's more enforcement of traffic laws with cars and trucks, the compliance rates for those traffic laws increases. And the same is probably true for bicyclists as well. But Flatten says education also helps to get those on bikes more inclined to obey the rules of the road.
Kader's rip on bicyclists comes at the same time the city council is poised to adopt new rules that mandate at least a consideration of adding things like bike lanes when planning road construction projects
In the lobby of Onalaska City Hall, you can see Jason Gilman's name on a plaque listing people who helped plan the new city building more than 10 years ago.
Gilman has worked at City Hall for more than a decade, but now he's been hired by Winona County for a new job there. Onalaska Mayor Mike Giese is sorry to see Gilman leave, but says the city planner deserves to move on to bigger things. Gilman will become the director of Community and Environmental Protection Services in Winona County. That post results from a consolidation of three county agencies.