The right lane of Interstate 94 westbound between Tomah and Warrens is closed Wednesday morning after a semi crashed at about 5 o ‘clock. A passing semi driver said the semi that crashed was actually eastbound and jumped the median before hitting an embankment head-on. The condition of the driver has not been released. Two wreckers were working to get the semi removed as of about 7:20.
23 Volk Field jobs could be cut in October under the fiscal year 2015 US Air Force budget. The cuts would include 9 full-time jobs and 14 drill-status guard jobs, and come from a variety of career fields. State adjutant general Donald Dunbar says the cuts would hit Volk Field particularly hard. Dunbar says he hopes unfilled retirements could take the place of the some of the cuts. The cuts still need to be approved by Congress.
Tomah mayoral candidate Shannon Hough spoke to the Tomah Rotary Tuesday afternoon. She discovered a statistic that concerned her while campaigning recently, that there are more homes for sales in Tomah than in La Crosse and Onalaska combined. Hough says she’s not sure if people are leaving town or losing their homes because they’ve lost their job, but says it impacts the city’s tax base and school enrollment.
March is National Nutrition Month. Tomah Memorial Hospital registered dietician Joan Kortbein says good nutrition and being fit go hand-in-hand, and how to get there is pretty simple. Kortbein says eating a variety of foods is the best way to eat healthy. Kortbein says there is no one way to eat healthy because everybody’s food likes and dislikes are different. You can get a nutrition tip for each day for the rest of the month by going to http://www.tomahhospital.org/media/news/files/March%202014%20Nutrition%20Calendar1.pdf.
Sparta’s Gundersen Clinic will be closed for at least the rest of the week due to water damage. There’s damage in the clinic’s lobby, and in exam rooms and offices. Clinic manager David Campbell says a city sewer line was frozen, so melting snow from the roof backed up. Campbell says they hope to reopen the clinic next week. Patients can be seen at Gundersen’s Tomah clinic, and labs can be drawn in either Tomah or Onalaska.
A La Crosse County task force looking at ways of cutting heroin use meets again Thursday. The group would like to see two county municipalities have prescription drug drop-off boxes by the end of the year, and would like to revitalize Neighborhood Watches.
Adams County Electric Cooperative bills will go up about $3 a month starting in April. Co-op officials say facility rates are going up to cover higher distribution system and labor costs. Rates for energy use will stay the same.
A former La Crosse resident charged with cocaine delivery in La Crosse County Friday will make his initial court appearance Wednesday morning. 34-year-old Aaron Thompson’s record includes 2007 La Crosse County and 1999 Milwaukee County cocaine delivery convictions. He faces up to 27 ½ years in prison if convicted.
A Sun Prairie woman who drove 10 miles the wrong way down the Interstate while drunk southeast of Mauston in January will make her initial Juneau County court appearance Wednesday morning. 22-year-old Shanerica Cole faces up to 18 ½ years in prison if convicted on felonies for endangering safety and fleeing police.