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We cannot promise that the snow is gone for good, but it will at least be gone for a little while! Wednesday saw some very impressive snowfall totals around the Coulee Region with totals up to 10.5″! Thankfully the snow is over and the sky is now clear and the weather will remain quiet for at least the coming week.

The weather pattern will now transition to a warmer and drier one for the Upper Midwest, something that we are long deserving of, after enduring one of the coldest and snowiest Aprils on record to date. A large area of high pressure will build to our west, bringing drier air and plenty of sunshine. A light breeze will come from the northwest, while temperatures rise through the 40’s and top out close to 50. The high will then slowly move east, directly overhead tonight and tomorrow. This will make for calm winds and likely a colder start Friday morning, but we should warm up nicely through the afternoon. Early morning temperatures are expected to be close to 20, while afternoon highs climb into the lower 50’s. This will come with a mostly sunny sky. The sunny and milder weather will likely lead to a rapid melt off of our remaining snow cover, but with the weather staying dry the next several days, any flooding concerns should remain confined to areas along rivers and streams that will likely rise in the coming days.


Wednesday afternoon the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received and investigated a theft complaint. According to the police log, shortly after 4 PM, a subject was at the Sheriff’s Office to report the theft of a bank deposit bag. $1500 was reportedly stolen. A short time later a suspect was reportedly located and arrested in LaCrosse County. The evidence was found and charges are pending according to the report.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Justice is prosecuting a Taylor County sheriff’s detective for releasing records of two unsolved murders to producers of a national television show.

Sgt. Steven Bowers is accused of felony misconduct in public office, a charge that could send him to prison for 1 1/2 years upon conviction. Under the law, police records are public, but authorities often withhold them on grounds they could compromise an ongoing investigation.

The State Journal reports the records were given to producers of the Oxygen network show “Cold Justice.”

Bowers has admitted to releasing the records, but says he didn’t intend to disregard department policies and, in hindsight, realized what he had done was wrong.

DOJ handled the case for Taylor County prosecutors to avoid a conflict of interest.


(La Crosse, WI)  —  The 10-billion dollar Foxconn project is a major economic boost to southeastern Wisconsin, but it can also be good for the rest of the state.  Only one part of the project has been opened for bids so far.  An information session in La Crosse this week is one of 14 around Wisconsin where local businesses are able to find out how to get involved.  Hundreds of Wisconsin companies will be needed to supply construction workers, carpenters, electricians and more.  An estimated 16-thousand workers will be involved in building the massive manufacturing plant over a four-year period.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate remains at a record-low 2.9 percent for a second month.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the rate for March remains unchanged from the 2.9 percent in February. That was its lowest level since July 1999.

The report shows the state added 8,900 private sector jobs between February and March. There were nearly 3 million people working in the state in March.

Gov. Scott Walker has been touting the state’s record-low unemployment rate as a sign that his policies enacted over the past seven-plus years are working.

Walker faces re-election in November. Democrats argue Walker can’t take credit for the low unemployment rate that has trended with a national economic rebound since the end of the Great Recession.

(WKOW) — The CDC is warning you, if you have bagged, chopped romaine lettuce at home — don’t eat it.

About 53 people have reported getting sick from E. coli since March 13 in 16 states, including Midwestern states Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.  So far, no one has reported getting sick in Wisconsin.

Still the CDC is recommending anyone with bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to throw it away.

The common link between people who felt symptoms of E.coli was that they ate salad at a restaurant with romaine lettuce in it, the CDC reports.  The restaurants used bags of romaine lettuce, versus heads or hearts.

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