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2008-07-30 03:00:29

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 30--The ambulance business in La Crosse may soon get more competitive, bringing to a head a public-private battle over who should provide emergency services in the region. Top elected city and county officials said Tuesday they will simultaneously introduce legislation to create a municipally-run emergency medical service. But "it has a long way to go," La Crosse County Board Chairman Steve Doyle said. "What it really means is that the...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 30--ONALASKA, Wis. -- Tuesday night's Wisconsin Way town hall gathering was a meeting about proven outcomes and measurable results -- both for the process and ideas the group is peddling. "How do we make it happen? Because I don't trust they'll figure it out down there (in Madison)," asked Kraig Brownell. Wisconsin Way, an association of public and professional organizations, has been traveling across the state compiling input on the...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 30--GALESVILLE, Wis. -- A 6-year-old Galesville boy is the Coulee Region's first reported La Crosse encephalitis case this summer. Health officials first thought the boy was infected with the West Nile virus, but the encephalitis diagnosis was confirmed Tuesday by officials at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, where the boy is hospitalized. Dave Geske, La Crosse County mosquito control officer, said he and his staff surveyed the...

2008-07-25 03:00:46

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 25--Gundersen Lutheran will start construction on a second parking structure near the hospital this fall. Jerry Arndt, Gundersen Lutheran senior vice president of business services, said the structure for 500 patient cars will be west of the hospital on the other side of the railroad tracks, and access will be from Seventh Street. "This is a hospital ramp that is still in design," Arndt said, saying the new parking structure also could...

2008-07-25 03:00:41

By Marc Wehrs, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 25--One described himself as an "ex-fatty kid from Louisiana who lived on bearnaise sauce" and didn't exercise -- at all -- until after college. The other didn't merely exercise, he was a star high school athlete and Harvard University quarterback. But Richard Simmons and U.S Rep. Ron Kind now have at least this much in common: They testified Thursday, along with 1987 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown, before the House Education and Labor...

2008-07-24 03:00:59

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 24--Franciscan Skemp Healthcare will open a $9 million center that officials said will change the way emergency and urgent care services are delivered to patients. The Emergency and Urgent Care Center will open Aug. 6. The 15,000-square-foot facility will be located in the north end of the Center for Advanced Medicine and Surgery on Market Street and West Avenue. "This is a fundamentally different model designed to make sure the patient...

2008-07-24 03:00:35

By Ryan Stotts, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 24--ONALASKA, Wis. -- Great Rivers United Way kicked off its Pacesetter campaign with a big show of support. Pacesetter co-chairwoman Julie Bartels, an administrator for women and children's services at Franciscan Skemp, said this year marks a high point in participation, with 18 local companies vowing to raise money before the main fundraising campaign begins in September. "You are setting the pace for our community," Bartels told the...

2008-07-23 03:00:43

By Anne Jungen, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 23--SPARTA, Wis. -- Federal aviation officials are investigating what caused a single-engine aircraft crash Friday at the Sparta/Fort McCoy Airport that injured one aboard. Pilot John D. Linder, of Mankato, Minn., aborted takeoff, skidded off the east/west runway, and slid through grass and brush about 10:30 p.m. after refueling, said Fort McCoy spokeswoman Linda Fournier. A female passenger was taken to a La Crosse hospital with non-life...

2008-07-23 03:00:35

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 23--Residents of La Crosse's lower North Side are clamoring over a city plan that would keep passing trains from sounding off -- but also would cut access or parking for 18 homes. Under federal law, locomotives must sound their horns at public crossings unless in a designated quiet zone. The entire city is in a quiet zone, which has kept the trains silent for more than two decades. But to maintain that quiet zone designation, the city...

2008-07-23 03:00:35

By Ryan Stotts, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 23--BROWNSVILLE, Minn. -- The idea is a Mississippi River more like what it was before the locks and dams. That's how Judy Mader of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sees the creation of new islands in Pool 8 near Brownsville this summer. "The main reason for building the islands is for bird and fisheries habitat," Mader said, "but there is the side benefit of water quality." Water quality has been seriously inhibited, she said, after...


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