LA CROSSE - Officials in Wisconsin are considering how to respond to growing concerns over nitrate contamination in private wells.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that a La Crosse County task force delegated to find new policies to address contamination issues recently presented their findings. The group suggested creating a new system to alert residents of contamination risks and increased access to municipal water systems.
Carol Drury is the environmental health and laboratory manager at the La Crosse County Health Department. She says the county has between 7,000 and 9,000 private wells.
The department warned 2,000 households last spring that their private wells could be contaminated with high nitrate levels.
Drury says preventing pollution is a long-term goal and that the department is committed to educating the public.
BOULDER JUNCTION - A 59-year-old man died Wednesday morning after a head-on crash on Highway 51 in Boulder Junction.
Two full-size pickup trucks hit each other just after 10 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 51 and Bakken Road.
"[We] believe, from the crush of the impact, that that was a head-on, not a glancing or angled blow," said Vilas Co. Sheriff's Capt. Gerry Ritter on scene.
First responders used the "jaws of life" to take victims out of at least one truck. In addition to the man who died, two other people were taken to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff for treatment.
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