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2008-07-17 03:00:21

By Hubbuch, Chris Even after a late start and the wettest June on record, area crops are behind but beginning to rebound. "We'll have knee high by the fourth of July," said Bill Heider, who farms in the town of Hamilton in La Crosse County. "But on a good year, we're doing shoulder high." Some of his corn in the La Crosse River valley already is to mid- thigh and lush green. Not all farmers are so lucky. In Wisconsin, the average corn height Monday was 21 inches, compared with 41 inches...

2008-07-16 03:00:44

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 16--There's social English and then there's content English. And when you're a Hmong refugee with no knowledge of the language, learning either can be a nightmare. That's why the La Crosse School District developed newcomer programs four years ago to accommodate an influx of Hmong refugees into the community from a camp in Thailand that had closed. Centers opened at the elementary and middle school level during the 2004-05 school year to...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

By Magney, Reid It's been nearly a year since the start of private mediation on whether the city of La Crosse should start its own ambulance service, but the issue remains unsettled. In the next two weeks, La Crosse City Council and La Crosse County Board members will get separate updates in closed meetings about the mediation with Tri- State Ambulance, officials said Friday. Mayor Mark Johnsrud hinted there may be some movement. "I think that the county and the city have come to common...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

By Dan Springer, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 16--Holmen, Wis., officials did violate the state's open meetings law while working on the controversial Star Hill land sale this year but will not face charges because the sale also was discussed in open session, the La Crosse County district attorney said Tuesday. The Holmen Village Board did fail to specify as required that its closed session March 13 would be on selling the Star Hill parcel to the Holmen Lions Club, county District...

2008-07-15 03:00:37

By Rindfleisch, Terry ONALASKA, Wis. - Cornerstone Healthcare, which established the first free-standing urgent medical care center in the La Crosse area only three months ago, has closed. The urgent-care clinic, located in the Kwik Trip building at 1800 E. Main St. in Onalaska, featured full-time walk-in service and fast access to nurse practitioners or physician assistants for the public and employer-required medical care services. John Harrington, Cornerstone Healthcare president, said...

2008-07-15 03:00:00

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 15--Three big-ticket items drew crowds to La Crosse's Common Council meeting Thursday as 16 aldermen ruled on a condemnation, Bliss Road repair and rental registration policy. But the show opener, in contrast, drew little fanfare. Nine council members -- George Italiano, Jai Johnson, Jacie Gamroth, Bill Harnden, Dorothy Lenard, Doug Farmer, Richard Becker, Tom Sweeney and Marilyn Wigdahl -- and a few audience members graced chambers for an...

2008-07-15 03:00:18

By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 15--PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. --The city's Common Council is set to vote tonight for the second time this month on whether to undo its 2003 decision to allow the state to install roundabouts on Marquette Road. A motion to nullify the earlier vote and terminate the city's contract with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was voted down 9-2 on July 1. Mayor Karl Steiner vetoed that vote. If the council still has the two-thirds majority...

2008-07-13 03:00:22

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 13--With buildings in need of repair and a potential budget shortfall looming, the La Crosse School Board faces hard decisions in the coming months. nWhether to again ask voters to approve borrowing for building maintenance or new construction. nWhether to close one or more elementary schools. nWhether to save teacher compensation costs associated with the district's commitment to a 15-to-1 student-teacher ratio in all elementary...

2008-07-13 03:00:15

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 13--If recycling rules are too complex and confusing, people just won't do it. Which is why La Crosse County needs a more coordinated and standardized countywide recycling program, said Larry Hougom, vice president of Hilltopper Refuse and Recycling, which sorts many of the county's recyclables. La Crosse County has 18 municipalities -- and 18 separate recycling programs. Some recycle different materials, while others have different pick-up...

2008-07-13 03:00:15

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 13--The sound of tin cans clanking and glass shattering is constant as a front-end loader pushes bottles and other recyclables onto a conveyor belt that moves upward to employees working on a sorting line. About 600 tons of recyclables per month -- the majority from 15 municipalities in La Crosse County, including the city of La Crosse -- are hauled in to Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling each month, said Larry Hougom, Hilltopper vice president....


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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