News Roundup: Broken water main gives students an extra week of vacation at a Lutheran High SchoolWisconsin News
-- Almost five dozen students at a Lutheran high school in central Wisconsin are getting an early holiday break.
Almost five dozen students at a Lutheran high school in central Wisconsin are getting an early holiday break. A broken water main caused heavy damage on Saturday night at the Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School in Mosinee – and classes will be off until at least next Monday. Police responded to an alarm at the school, and found several inches of standing water inside. Ceilings were collapsed, and wires were hanging. Volunteers have been asked to remove computers, desks, band equipment, and book-shelves today, when an insurance adjuster is due in. Electrical and plumbing repairs were expected to begin immediately, along with restoration work due to damaged dry-wall, ceiling tiles, and carpeting. It’s not known what caused the water line to break – or how much the cleanup will cost. School officials say they may also have to rework the student schedule for the rest of the term. Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School opened eight years ago. It has students from throughout central Wisconsin.
Two men were injured last night after a small plane left Green Bay, and crashed in heavy fog at its destination in Rochester Minnesota. Fire officials said the pilot missed the runway – and the aircraft bounced and flipped over in a farm field. The 1976 Cessna-172-Skyhawk did not start on fire. Two male passengers were taken to a Rochester hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The pilot and a boy on the plane were not injured. The crash happened around 6:30 p-m. Fire-fighters said they had trouble finding the aircraft due to the fog – and they used a G-P-S from the pilot’s cell phone to locate the wreckage. Officials said the plane was owned by the Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club. The F-A-A is investigating.
The navigation season ends today on the Wisconsin portion of the Mississippi River. The water is not frozen yet – but the Army Corps of Engineers needs to do some repair work. A renovation and maintenance project begins today on Lock-and-Dam Number-six at Trempealeau, between La Crosse and Winona. The work is expected to be finished by March 11th, before next season’s boat traffic begins on the Mississippi. This season is closing two days earlier than a year ago.
The State Patrol says it’s still investigating a one-vehicle Interstate crash that killed a 30-year-old Janesville man early yesterday. Three others were hurt in the mishap, which occurred at an on-ramp to southbound Interstate-39 at Janesville. Officials said the pick-up truck lost control on wet pavement as it was speeding up – and it veered into the right ditch, rolled over twice, went through a fence, and came to rest on its top. Troopers said a front-seat passenger was ejected and killed. The other three – including the 31-year-old driver from Stoughton – were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. The victims’ names were not immediately released.
Authorities in Manitowoc are investigating a series of explosions and a fire that destroyed an out-building at the Cher-Make Sausage plant. No one was injured. Fire-fighters were called around 4:30 yesterday morning. Battalion chief Ken Cayemberg said a corner of the building was engulfed in flames when his crews arrived – and explosions were still taking place. The out-building was destroyed. No one was inside when fire-fighters arrived. Crews used a forklift to remove pallets of cardboard that were inside. There’s no word on what caused the fire – and a dollar-estimate of damage was not immediately determined. Cher-Make is a family-owned company that makes a host of sausage products that includes hot dogs, brats, summer sausage, and ring bologna.