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2008-09-10 03:00:11

By Anonymous MADISON - A University of Denver official with La Crosse roots will be the first leader of the state's new program to promote access to higher education. Gov. Jim Doyle said Friday that Amy Bechtum will start next month as the director of the Office of the Wisconsin Covenant. Bechtum moved to La Crosse in 1980 at age 6, and she grew up south of the city. She first attended Pleasant Valley School, a small country school, and then went to Harry Spence Elementary. She also...

2008-09-04 03:00:07

By Rindfleisch, Terry A local health literacy partnership has been formed to help patients better understand medical information from their health care providers. Gundersen Lutheran, Franciscan Skemp and the La Crosse Area Community Literacy Coalition have created the Great Rivers Partners for Health-E People, a pilot project in the La Crosse area. Ruth Holst, associate director of the Great Midwest Region for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, said the collaboration between...

2008-08-28 03:00:48

By Grooms, Autumn Walking through the school doors each morning, children from low- income families have more on their minds than homework, quizzes and extra-curricular activities. Some have spent the night in cars, at campgrounds or with relatives and friends. They're trying to figure out where they'll sleep that night and who will pick them up from school. "When it's ongoing and kids come to school worried about Mom and Dad or brothers and sisters, its hard to concentrate," said Susan...

2008-08-28 03:00:36

By Marcus, Samantha City and county officials say they'll release details of a municipally run ambulance service and related legislation Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus. The public meeting is sched Wed for 6 p.m. Wednesday it Cartwright Center's Valhalla room. News of a tentative agreement between the city and county broke just this week after more than a year of mediation between the city of La Crosse, La Crosse County and Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp...

2008-08-17 18:00:32

By The Associated Press LA CROSSE, Wis. - The La Crosse Municipal Airport is adding another layer of security. The airport has implemented one of Homeland Security's latest programs, called Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, or VIPR. The goal of the program is to increase the visual presence of law enforcement in order to deter those who might be thinking of plotting an attack. Transportation Security Administration's David McMahon said the VIPR teams bring together...

2008-08-05 03:00:39

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 5--SPARTA, Wis. -- Latino children in the Monroe County seat will receive additional academic support when they return to school this fall through an Immigrant Children and Youth Grant awarded to the school district. Afterschool programming offered through the Sparta Boys and Girls Club will focus on homework assistance for immigrant students in all grades who have attended school for less than three full academic years, said Amy Blackburn,...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By Anne Jungen, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 5--A former La Crosse man who admitted downloading sexually graphic videos involving children as young as 2 escaped further time behind bars and probation Monday. La Crosse County Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez cited Scott Wathen's lack of risk to sexually offend, absence of criminal record, cooperation with law enforcement and compliance while released on a signature bond as factors in her decision to limit his sentence to 40 days already...

2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 4--La Crosse officials are looking to extend for another six months a quasi-moratorium on commercial building along the Great River Road. The existing moratorium, set to sunset Aug. 15, was put in place while the city's planning department drafts commercial design standards. The council adopted the moratorium in May more as an agent for additional oversight than an actual suspension on development. But planning officials said they need...

2008-08-03 03:00:22

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 3--Walking through the school doors each morning, children from low-income families have more on their minds than homework, quizzes and extra-curricular activities. Some have spent the night in cars, at campgrounds or with relatives and friends. They're trying to figure out where they'll sleep that night and who will pick them up from school. "When it's ongoing and kids come to school worried about Mom and Dad or brothers and sisters, it's...

2008-07-31 03:00:27

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 31--Summer months are a boom time for food-borne illnesses, and county health inspectors have the data to prove it. Jim Steinhoff, a sanitarian and food inspector for the La Crosse County Health De-partment, said he was disappointed that many restaurants had more than 10 violations in the second quarter of 2008 -- about 12 percent of those inspected in the three months. "It's a real bad quarter," Steinhoff said. "There's more food-borne...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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