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You can find automatic defibrillators all over in La Crosse county property. Except most of the sheriff's department squad cars. Sheriff's Captain Mike Horstman says the department has just three AED's which means, most of the time, officers will be responding to emergencies without one of the potential lifesavers in the squad. The department's original grant-funded AED's were recalled a couple years ago. The department hasn't yet had the money to replace the defib units since. A fundraiser this week-end will try to raise enough cash to put AED's in all sheriff squads and boats.
He's hoping a cut in 'nine' saves the line...
Onalaska Mayor Mike Giese offers a budget-cutting idea that could keep the M-T-U running in his city. The mayor's executive budget, presented to the Onalaska council last night, would reduce the schedule for M-T-U bus Number Nine by three hours a day, which could save eight thousand dollars a year. That's the bus which serves Highway 35, and downtown Onalaska. The council voted in August to eliminate all bus service for 2011, in hopes of saving 50-thousand dollars. The budget will be reviewed at city meetings next week.
The Mississippi has dropped below 10 feet in La Crosse...
The National Weather Service says so, marking the river at 9-point-7 this morning. That means the no-wake restriction for La Crosse County boaters has expired. But, since the level is still so close to 10 feet, City Hall is asking boat owners to keep their speeds down to avoid causing wave damage to shorelines and riverfront property.
Flood waters have receded. The Mississippi is down to just about 10 feet at La Crosse today. That's two feet under flood stage. But the effect of high waters lingers a bit. The city's parks department is keeping Pettibone Park closed for now after the park was completely inundated by high water just days ago. Parks superintendent Gar Amunson says the closing is a precaution to keep some who use the park from damaging the grounds by driving on the soft earth.