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2008-07-22 03:00:42

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 22--Gundersen Lutheran soon will be using the newest and most advanced robotic surgical assistant technology to provide the least invasive surgery for prostate and gynecological cancers. Dr. Chris Hofland, a Gundersen Lutheran urologist, is scheduled to use the da Vinci Surgical System for a prostatectomy, or removal of a cancerous prostate gland and tissue around it, in mid-August. Franciscan Skemp has no immediate plans to purchase...

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...

2008-07-22 03:00:25

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 22--Trane Co. proposed a partnership Monday with the La Crosse School District toward updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in La Crosse schools -- but it will hinge on voters approving a referendum in November. "We are committed to devoting Trane's resources to provide a lasting, positive impact within the La Crosse School District for generations to come," said Jim Wajciechowski, district manager for Trane Wisconsin....

2008-07-21 03:00:32

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 21--LA FARGE, Wis. -- Organic Valley, the nation's largest organic dairy cooperative and pioneer in the organic industry, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. When Organic Valley "CEIEIO" George Siemon talks about the coming milestone, he describes it not as a self-congratulatory blowout but as a chance to give thanks to the employees and member farmers. "We're really not making the biggest, biggest deal about our anniversary," the founding...

2008-07-20 03:00:28

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 20--LANESBORO, Minn. -- You can live the impossible dream and get to know an imaginary rabbit in the Commonweal Theatre Company's summer productions of "Man of La Mancha" and "Harvey." One of the best things about both productions, now playing in repertory through Oct. 25, is the star of both shows, Commonweal founder and managing director Eric Bunge. The Spring Grove, Minn., native, who is back on stage at the Commonweal for the first...

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...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.