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2008-07-10 03:00:20

By Geri Parlin, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 10--What's got strong men hurling cabers and stones, the welcome scent of soda bread, and as much Celtic music as your ears can handle? Irishfest, of course. Organiz-ers gathered Wednesday to talk about this year's festival, which will be Aug. 8 to 10 at the South Side Oktoberfest grounds. While there will be plenty of music, including perennial favorite Gaelic Storm, lots of new things will be offered as well at this year's festival....

2008-07-10 03:00:15

By La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 10--Two Central High School students remained in a La Crosse hospital Wednesday after an early Tuesday crash in Vernon County that killed a fellow student. Driver Jacob Wuensch, 17, of Coon Valley, Wis., still is in critical condition at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, while 15-year-old Alyssa Gilbertson of Chaseburg, Wis., was in stable condition. Katelyn "Katie" Beran, 15, of La Crosse died after Wuensch lost control of the vehicle about 7:10 a.m. as...

2008-07-10 03:00:15

By La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 10--At the G-8 conference in Tokayo, Japan, on Wednesday, President Bush praised the "significant progress" that has been made on global warming. Unfortunately, whatever progress has been made would have been enhanced if the United States were fully engaged on the issue. Alone among industrialized democracies, the United States has not ratified the Kyoto treaty on climate change. Now, the president is talking about climate change issues as if he is not...

2008-07-10 03:00:15

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 10--The disco received applause, and the macarena got a few hips moving. But it took the Hood Park kids leading the "Cupid Shuffle" to get the crowd dancing and singing at the All-City Playground Olympics Water Ballet competition Wednesday at Copeland Park. "I thought we did really good," said Kawana McCloud, 9. "Everyone liked it and was singing along and dancing, too." The children selected the song by Cupid because it didn't have any...

2008-07-09 03:00:19

By Geri Parlin, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 9--SPRING GROVE, Minn. -- Impossible things happen every day in Spring Grove, where the tiny community is gathering its resources and volunteers to put on its 30th anniversary summer show. This year, Ye Olde Opera House is presenting "Cinderella," a delightful frolic of a musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein that features such songs as "Ten Minutes Ago,""In My Own Little Corner" and "Impossible." "It's such an amazingly wonderful story," said...

2008-07-09 03:00:16

By KJ Lang, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 9--From July 4 fireworks to trap shooting, Bill Rockwood is excited to show Matthieu Goral of Epinal, France, some parts of American culture he'd never see at home. Bill, an engineer at Trane Co., is hosting the 16-year-old Goral in his Onalaska, Wis. home as part of a sister-city exchange. Goral and 26 other Epinal teens arrived in La Crosse on June 28 and will stay through July 17. Epinal and La Crosse have been sister cities for 22 years. The...

2008-07-09 03:00:16

By Anne Jungen, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 9--TOWN OF GREENFIELD, Wis. -- As Leslie Parrish sees it, the fire-ravaged mobile home at W4300 Hwy. M Lot 67 should be gone by now. The two-bedroom home in Brookview Mobile Home Park was destroyed June 23 after a blaze marked as suspicious ripped through the structure, leaving only the frame in its wake. "It's an eyesore and a risk for children out here," said Parrish, of W4300 Hwy. M Lot 53. "I think after two weeks it should be cleaned...

2008-07-09 03:00:15

By Steve Cahalan, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 9--The community's mayor, Roger Knott, and his wife, Lora, opened McGregor's Top Shelf last week at 221 Main St. in downtown McGregor, Iowa. The new store specializes in deli meats, cheeses, wines, liquor, specialty beers and gourmet food items. "Quality meats are probably the bulk of our sales," Knott said. "We have everything from hot dogs to choice ribeyes." Almost all of the store's meats are from the Edgewood Locker in Edgewood, Iowa....

2008-07-08 03:00:12

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 8--Sexually transmitted diseases continue to be a public health concern in La Crosse County. For the past several years, STDs have been on the rise, and that didn't change much last year, according to the 2007 La Crosse County Health Department annual report. The number of gonorrhea cases in the county more than doubled, from 27 in 2006 to 62 in 2007. The first episode of genital herpes also increased significantly from 74 in 2006 to...

2008-07-07 03:00:34

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 7--A new Healthy Living Web site will be launched today as part of a community initiative to promote healthy lifestyles. The Web site -- which can be found at www.rivervalleynewspapers.com/healthyliving -- is intended to be a resource for people looking for health and wellness ideas. One feature of the new site is an interactive calendar that will include fun runs, road and bike races, triathlons and other community events. Web users...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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