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2008-09-17 03:00:16

By Marcus, Samantha La Crosse leaders are retreating from a city-run ambulance proposal that drew widespread public opposition. A revised and greatly reduced plan was formally introduced at Thursday's La Crosse Common Council meeting. The new resolution still would create a Joint Emergency Medical Service Commission but deletes the more controversial element authorizing the purchase of two ambulances and allowing 12 firefighters to train as paramedics. "What we've learned is we need to...

2008-07-31 03:00:27

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 31--Summer months are a boom time for food-borne illnesses, and county health inspectors have the data to prove it. Jim Steinhoff, a sanitarian and food inspector for the La Crosse County Health De-partment, said he was disappointed that many restaurants had more than 10 violations in the second quarter of 2008 -- about 12 percent of those inspected in the three months. "It's a real bad quarter," Steinhoff said. "There's more food-borne...

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...

2008-07-24 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...

2008-07-07 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...

2008-06-21 03:00:11

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jun. 21--ONALASKA, Wis. -- Kassie Praska got the attention of her classmates Thursday with a loud shriek. She'd struck an animal bone while lightly scraping the soil with a shovel in a trench about 25 yards from Sand Lake Road in Onalaska and wanted classmates in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Archaeo-logy Field School to see it. "Everyone usually goes to take a look when someone screams," said Wendy Holtz-Leith, site director and an...

2008-04-13 03:00:27

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Apr. 13--Sally Sullivan's day as a substitute teacher at North Woods International School started well before the school bell rang. She welcomed kids to class, delegated responsibilities and waited for the unexpected. "When you're a guest, you have to be ready for anything," the 69-year-old said. "I love it. I absolutely love it." Time came for the morning meeting. Sullivan and the first-graders gathered on a brightly colored rug to read a story...