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WXOW.com's Top 5 Viewed Stories of 2013


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A story about the fire that destroyed the headquarters of Organic Valley was the most viewed story of 2013.

The May 14 fire displaced the 400 workers at the LaFarge facility, which was used only for office space, but no one was injured in the late afternoon fire. The subsequent investigation was not able to pinpoint a specific cause for the fire.

Click here to read the story on the fire.

 Organic Valley Fire - May 14








Photo from the May 14 Organic Valley Fire in LaFarge


The remaining top stories of the year are:

Homicide at Cass St. Kwik Trip

Mitrel Anderson









Mitrel Anderson, 25, of La Crosse was arrested on a charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide for the death of Demario Lee, 24. Early on Sunday morning June 2, police went to the Kwik Trip store at 506 Cass St. and found Lee injured with an edged weapon. He later died from those injuries. Anderson was arrested in Madison along with Brittney Jones who is accused of helping him escape after the homicide.

Anderson remains in the La Crosse County Jail on a $1 million cash bond awaiting a June, 2014 trial.


Crew member killed when tugboat swept over Dresbach Lock and Dam

View of the M/V Megan McB









22-year-old Tyler Trussoni of Genoa was killed when the M/V Megan McB lost power and was swept over one of the roller gates at Lock and Dam No. 7 at Dresbach on July 3.  The tugboat tipped on its side and sank.  Two other crewmembers aboard were able to escape with only minor injuries.


Fires destroy duplex, damage business









The resources of the La Crosse Fire Department were stretched the morning of September 11 as a fire broke out at the Trane Company on South 20th Street.  At the same time, a duplex on Wall St. on the northside was fully engulfed and destroyed by fire. No one was injured in either fire.


Large boulder blocks part of Hwy. 56 near Genoa







Two inches of rain fell overnight in Genoa as part of a storm system that left behind flooded fields and mudslides in Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota.  One of the most unusual occurrences was this large rock that fell across one of the lanes of traffic on Highway 56 just outside Genoa. It was so big that it made the dump truck parked next to it seem rather small.  The boulder was removed after special equipment was brought in to break it apart.

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