Oct. 17 will be the last day for The Book Trader II used bookstore at 1313 Redfield St., say its operators, Dennis and JoAnn Duckworth.

The business and its inventory of more than 110,000 used books are for sale, Dennis Duckworth said. "We'd love to see the store continue on," he said. "It's been a fixture at this location since 1980." Any store credits must be used by Oct. 17.

Duckworth said the store is closing because "both of us are getting older and have medical problems."

He and his mother, Dolores Duckworth, opened the original The Book Trader at 821 Clinton St. in 1976. It closed four years ago. Having two stores "got to be too much for us, and we had started having health problems," Duckworth said of the reason for closing the first store.

The second store opened in 1980 and sells and trades books. Hours at The Book Trader II are

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The former Amundson's Bakery building at 903 Riders Club in Onalaska was purchased several days ago by Rochester Real Estate Company LLC, a local real estate investment firm. The price was $200,000, according to county records.

The building has been vacant since the bakery closed last December.

"We bought it as an investment," said Karl Schilling of Onalaska, one of Rochester's members. "We plan on leasing it. We've had communications with a couple parties" about leasing space.

Schilling said he thinks possible uses "could be anything from offices to a restaurant. I'd be surprised if it became a bakery again."

Franciscan Skemp Healthcare has begun discussions with Witt's Pharmacy to continue pharmacy operations in La Crescent.

Last month, Franciscan Skemp announced plans to discontinue its pharmacy operation in La Crescent effective Sept. 30. To allow more time for these discussions and for a timely transition to Witt's Pharmacy, it said later, the La Crescent pharmacy will remain open for another 30 days, or until Oct. 31.

This extension will assist patrons in the

La Crescent community and patients living in the area. Franciscan Skemp's La Crescent clinic will remain open.

Franciscan Skemp spokesman Rick Thiesse said negotiations with Witt's Pharmacy continue.

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