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THE CRASH HAPPENED AROUND 1 O'CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING, AT THE INTERSECTION OF 35 AND HIGHWAY O-T, NORTH OF ONALASKA. THE SHERIFF'S SQUAD WAS CALLED TO HOLMEN TO PROVIDE BACKUP, WHEN VILLAGE POLICE WENT TO BREAK UP A BAR FIGHT. THE SECOND CAR PULLED ONTO 35 FROM O-T, EVEN THOUGH THE PATROL CAR HAD ITS LIGHTS AND SIREN GOING. THE SECOND DRIVER WAS THROWN FROM THE CAR, AND DIED AT GUNDERSEN LUTHERAN. STATE TROOPERS ARE TRYING TO RECONSTRUCT THE ACCIDENT.
There won't be an advisory referendum on the ballot dealing with the state transportation fund. Last night the LaCrosse county board voted on placing the referendum on the ballot to give voters a chance to tell the state how they feel about continuing raids on the transportation fund. Most felt it was a positive move to stop the state from taking money away from road maintenance. A minority of board members didn't want to see the state's hands tied when they're dealing with tough budget decisions. The vote came up short of the 2 thirds majority necessary to get the referendum on the November ballot.
Last night the LaCrosse county board went into closed session to discuss Skipperliner. The boat builder has closed the door on their town of Campbell business. Board chair Steve Doyle tells us the receivership is still in process and everyone with a stake hopes to find someone to buy Skipperliner. Doyle says the goal is to sell the entire operation to someone who would set up a business of some kind. He points out that it would lose a lot of value selling it off piece by piece. The chair admits that needs to happen sooner than later.
A LaCrosse fire fighter arrested over the weekend after a standoff with local cops has taken a personal leave. On Saturday night Thomas Morstatter shot a gun off inside his 16th street home. Police blocked off a portion of the street and surrounded the area for hours until Morstatter finally ended the standoff. He has worked as a LaCrosse firefighter for almost 13 years. City human resources tells Wizzum News that they will only make a decision on Morstatter's employment status if he's convicted of a crime.
Heavy thunderstorms are rolling through LaCrosse county. But, no tornados. County emergency management coordinator Keith Butler says high winds and a possible tornado have been reported in St. Croix county. The worst of the severe weather seems to be touching down from Eau Claire to anywhere north of that location.