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2008-07-22 21:00:27

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 22--Liz Arihood feels like she belongs on stage. After raising her daughter and 15 years away from theater, Arihood returned to the stage two years ago in the La Crosse Community Theatre's production of "Anything Goes," and now she faces her biggest challenge as Rose in La Crescent's Appleseed Community Theatre production of "Gypsy." "When I'm doing that," Arihood said, pointing to the stage, "I feel like I should be doing that. "Ever...

2008-07-22 03:00:36

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 22--The La Crosse School Board will look at combining Franklin and Roosevelt elementary schools into one boundary and treating them as one school during the 2009-10 school year. Superintendent Jerry Kember said Monday the plan, which is to come back to the board at its Aug. 11 meeting, would allow the district to save on staffing costs and bring grade levels together the two North Side schools. It also would provide Coulee Montessori the...

2008-07-22 03:00:29

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 22--Tony Zobeck is trying to make his mark as a singer-songwriter. The 24-year-old La Crosse native is coming into his own and has a following at coffeehouses in the Twin Cities and at the Fine Line Music Cafe. Of course, Zobeck said, he would like to be better known, but that doesn't mean he necessarily wants to be popular. "I do music for artistic expression and don't write songs to be popular," Zobeck said. "But if that happens, that's...

2008-07-22 03:00:25

By Steve Cahalan, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 22--The American Queen steamboat will make the first of this year's 14 scheduled visits to La Crosse from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, during a trip from St. Louis to St. Paul. The public is invited to help local dignitaries welcome passengers and crew members as they get off the boat at Riverside Park and to help bid them farewell when they depart. The Grand River Singers will perform in the park from 4 to 5 p.m., said Clarissa Bates, La Crosse...

2008-07-22 03:00:25

By Dan Springer, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 22--The La Crosse Interstate Fair ended Sunday after another strong year, organizers said, with a large number of exhibitors and good attendance despite several storms during its five-day run. Since the fair is free, an exact attendance count is not kept, but all indications are attendance still was high, said Marla Stello, secretary of the La Crosse County Agricultural Society. "We ran out of parking spaces ... Friday and Saturday, and even...

2008-07-20 03:00:24

By Dan Springer, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 20--Organizers of a statewide child abuse training center in La Crosse are still looking for the funds needed to start the program. Fundraising for Finding Words Wisconsin kicked off a year ago in hopes of having the first group of Wisconsin professionals trained in 2008. But the startup date has been delayed because the group has not been able to come up with the $100,000 needed to start the program, La Crosse police Sgt. Dave Schatzley...

2008-07-20 03:00:24

By Joe Orso, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 20--One of the challenges of reporting on the environment is that nature doesn't speak like we do. You can't quote a leaf. You can't ask a bluebird to relate the experience of flight. You can spend a day with soil, but it just sits there and says nothing about its existence. Still, nature has stories. Like us, its inhabitants have been planted, born, stood in rain. But for those of us who can't hear those stories, who spend more time standing...

2008-07-18 03:00:27

By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 18--Storms this week have left La Crosse nearly 10 1/2 inches ahead of normal precipitation. The city received 7 inches of rain in June -- including almost 3 inches in a single day. On Wednesday, 2 1/2 inches fell in a couple of hours. The storms this week are the result of a weak frontal system meandering across the region and a "nice ample supply of moist air moving up from the gulf," said Todd Rieck, a National Weather Service...

2008-07-17 03:00:33

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 17--ONALASKA, Wis. -- Students need to be responsible, reliable, honest and have initiative in the classroom -- the same skills they need when they enter the work force. That's what area teachers learned Thursday while experiencing first-hand some of the training managers and employees at McDonald's restaurant receive. "You realize that the qualities they expect out of employees are the same things we are trying to instill in our students every...

2008-07-17 03:00:26

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 17--Children will be able to explore a county fair designed just for them Saturday at a fundraising event for Family Resources. Parent educator Fran Swift said events at the annual Children's Summer Festival will follow the theme and engage kids. "It is a place parents can bring children, and they can have fun that is really relevant to what they enjoy," Swift said. "Kids are really happy at the festival. It is all about them." Included...