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Outages in Onalaska shut down businesses, traffic lights at rush hour

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Multiple power outages in Onalaska shut down some businesses and traffic lights for more than an hour on Wednesday, during the morning rush. 

Electricity was out in a large area near Valley View Mall, along Highway 16 and going west to Theater Road.  Mayo’s Onalaska clinic, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart were among the business buildings affected.

The outages were reported around 7:30 a.m., but power was back on in some areas by 8:30. 

The state patrol responded to at least one accident on 16, near the landfill entrance.  At the peak of the outage, around 13-hundred customers were without electricity.  That number was down to 300 by 10 a.m.

The cause of the outage is still being investigated.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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