News in brief

2012-09-20T15:01:00Z 2012-10-18T15:01:51Z News in brief La Crosse Tribune
September 20, 2012 3:01 pm

Here are a selection of brief news items from this week's paper edition, and possibly a few news briefs that didn't make it in the paper.

Hockey registration begins in West Salem

The West Salem Hockey Association has begun the registration process for the 2012-13 season with participation open to all children in West Salem, Mindoro and Bangor. Children start as young as 2 years old and skate in the association until they are in eighth or ninth grade, when they become eligible to play for the high school hockey team. All new skaters skate their first year for free.

Anyone interested in signing up is invited to visit the website at All the necessary paperwork can be found there. Contact registrar Lori Szymanski at for more information.

Bangor church plans annual fall dinner

St. Mary's Church of Bangor will hold its annual fall dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday Sept. 23, at the church, 303 16th Ave. S.

The meal will include ham and beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, homemade bread, coleslaw, pie and dessert bars.  The cost is $9, $4 for children 12 and younger.

Carryouts are available.  There will be a drawing at 1:30 p.m. for an Amish quilt.

UW-L chancellor’s band to perform

UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow and his high-energy band, the FurLow Riders, will play a Peace Day concert from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Angell Hall parking lot near 14th and Pine streets.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

The concert is the grand finale to UW-L’s celebration of “Peace One Day Week.”

The FurLow Riders, which formed in 2009, plays classic blues and rock and members include Gow, psychology Prof. Bart VanVoorhis and Nizam Arain, director of affirmative action, with special guests UW-Rock County Dean Carmen Wilson and UW-L university relations specialist Kjerstin Lang.

The Friday night concert will include the ceremonial planting of a six-foot-tall peace pole at 14th and Pine streets. The pole will read “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages.

Peace One Day is a not-for-profit organization that aims to inspire a day of cease-fire and nonviolence. UW-L is joining the globe in dedicating one week in September for this purpose and to celebrate Peace Day Sept. 21.

The week consisted of speakers, the viewing of a documentary film, a vigil at Riverside Park in downtown La Crosse and other events.

String of banjo jamborees hits 48

It’s the one weekend a year that area banjo lovers look forward to most. The 48th Midwest Banjo Jamboree is back in La Crosse Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23.

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, with a jam at Huck Finn’s on the Water, 127 Marina Drive.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, banjo players will gather at Houghton’s, 1003 Jackson St., for another jam.  Later that day, there will be a Mississippi River cruise on the La Crosse Queen from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 and may be reserved by calling Doris Mitchell at 507-482-6883.

The Banjo Summit II will convene from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Concordia Ballroom, 1129 La Crosse St. It will feature a performance by LeRoy Larson, followed by a jam session.

On Sunday, there will be another banjo jam dockside in Riverside Park from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Finally, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, the Jamboree will be at the American Legion, 711 S. Sixth St., featuring soloists and ensembles. To register, contact Clancy Leverenz during the Saturday night show or on Sunday morning.

Tickets for the Jamboree are $7 and children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

Annual Twisted Maze run set for Saturday

The second annual Twisted Maze Run/Walk is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hidden Trails Corn Maze at W4704 Hwy. 16, West Salem.

Online registration for the 5K run/walk will be available until 7 p.m. Friday at In-person registration is also available at Hidden Trails on Friday evening from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and again Saturday from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

People interested in volunteering to help with the event can call the West Salem Parks & Recreation office at 786-0222.

Journey church celebrates a year

Journey Lutheran Church in Holmen is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a special JourneyFest event Saturday, Sept. 22.

Christ the King and Bridge of Life churches merged in September 2011 to create the new ELCA congregation, which is at 2903 Sand Lake Road in Christ the King’s former home.

According to Pastor Steve Meyer, the congregation was focused inward as the goal for the first year was to blend the congregations of both churches. Even so, at least a dozen new families have come in. 

"We've been working hard to create a presence in the community," Meyer said. "Now we're ready to launch ourselves into the community by having a giant block party and come and see what this is all about."

JourneyFest is a free event that will include musical performances by Hans Mayer (at 1:30 p.m.) and Doug Mahlum (at 3:30 p.m.), large inflatables which includes jousting equipment, face painting, food, and ice cream floats.

Door prizes, including a refurbished kid's bike, will be given away throughout the afternoon.

Open house, pig roast set at Empire Development

Tony Szak, owner and president of Empire Development and Construction, is hosting a hog roast to celebrate the opening of a new showroom at 200 Mason St. Unit 5, Onalaska. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

Free hot dogs will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids activities include a bounce house and movies from noon to 4 p.m.

A bean bag tournament starts at 1 p.m. and goes until the last team is standing. Registration for the bean bag tournament is $20 per team and can be made by calling 782-2988.

The hog roast dinner, which costs $10 per person, is served from 4 to 6 p.m., with Premier Catering supplying all the food, including the hog, which will be cooked on site, pulled pork sandwiches, beans, coleslaw and potato salad.

Bryon Stein will provide live music from 6 to 11 p.m.

The new showroom will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and a large screen TV will televise the Badgers football game.

For tickets, email

Alzheimer’s walk planned for Sept. 22

The Alzheimer’s Association’s La Crosse area Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at the South Side Oktoberfest grounds in downtown La Crosse. Walk festivities begin at 10:30 a.m.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. One in 8 Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.  This number will increase 30 percent by year 2025.

In addition to the walk, participants will enjoy food and beverages, raffle drawings, games, entertainment and a special program for those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. The Walk is open to all.  

For more information on joining the walk or forming a team, log onto www.

Wild Wings to help out Gundersen Lutheran

The Onalaska Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant will host a day-long benefit for Gundersen Lutheran’s Global Partners Monday, Sept. 24.

Global Partners will receive 10 percent of all food purchase profits for dine-in or carry-out items (excluding alcohol).

During the Packers vs. Seahawks football game, the restaurant will have games and prizes at halftime.

Buffalo Wild Wings is at 3132 Market Place.

Genealogical group to meet Sept. 25

The La Crosse Area Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the La Crosse Main Library auditorium, Eighth and Main streets.

Terry Micks will speak on "Where's Uncle Waldo?" with tips for searching on genealogical websites, including and

Visitors are welcome. 

Movie series planned at Onalaska library

The Friends of the Onalaska Library in co-operation with the La Crosse County Library System has launched its fall movie series at the Onalaska Public Library.

All movies will start at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A. At each movie in the series, patrons will have a chance to sign up for a drawing on Dec. 12 for a DVD player and other prizes.

Shows subject to change and parent or guardian must be present for children 8 and younger. Check for programming information at the library or online at

Hot fresh popcorn will be served at each screening.

Here’s the schedule for the movie screenings:

Sept. 26: “The Avengers”

Oct. 10: “The Iron Lady”

Oct. 24: “Detachment”

Nov. 7: “Think Like a Man”

Nov. 28: “Bernie”

Dec. 12: “The Dark Knight Rises”

Police dog demo set at Holmen park

Holmen police officer Terry Kind will give a demonstration of K-9 police techniques starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Deer Wood Park in Holmen.

Since September 2011, Kind has been the handler for the Holmen Police Department’s first K-9 unit, Ori, a German shepherd who specializes in drug detection and suspect apprehension. The program is sponsored by the Holmen American Legion Auxiliary.

Worship service at Rockland church

The public is invited to attend a worship service sponsored by the Rockland United Methodist Church featuring gospel musician and vocalist Ron Haugon at 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at Gaylord Park in Rockland.

A potluck meal will follow the service. Please bring a dish to pass, your own table service and lawn chairs. Beverages will be furnished.

Clinic offers teens safer driving tips

Gundersen Lutheran will offer a free teen car control clinic for teen drivers ages 15 to 19. The clinic is on Saturday, Oct. 20, or Sunday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southeast Technical College in Winona, Minn.

The clinic is offered to drivers with licenses and to those with learners' permits.

The daylong clinic teaches young drivers the fundamentals of vehicle control and offers behind-the-wheel exercises. During the in-car portion of the clinic, instructors will familiarize students with proper braking concepts, vehicle weight transfer and cornering and unexpected lane changes.

This is a free clinic, but participants must register by Friday, Oct. 12, by calling 775-2011.

To ensure all who want to attend can be accommodated, a $50 deposit will be collected at registration which will be refunded after course completion. A parent/guardian also is required to attend the course with the teen. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Vaccine fraud investigator to speak at UW-L

 Fear that vaccines cause autism has become one of the biggest health controversies in America. But where did the story begin, and what keeps it going? Over a period of seven years, Brian Deer investigated the story for The Sunday Times of London and now comes to UW-La Crosse to reveal what Time magazine dubbed one of the "great science frauds" of all time.

Deer, an investigative journalist for the Sunday Times of London, will give a public lecture "An Elaborate Fraud: The MMR Vaccine & Autism," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at UW-L's Centennial Hall. Deer comes as part of a Distinguished Lecture in the Life Sciences.

"Many people in our community have become concerned about the alleged link between the MMR vaccine and autism, but few are aware of the truth behind this story,” said Bernadette Taylor, UW-L associate professor of microbiology and immunologist.

Launched from one British hospital in the 1990s, the scare took hold first in the U.K., and then spread around the globe, leaving doctors baffled, children at risk, parents frightened and lawyers with a lot more money. Deer shows how it was done, who did it and why it will happen again.

Deer is an investigative reporter whose investigations have won him numerous awards including the British Press Award, Great Britain’s top journalism award, in 1999 and 2011. Specializing in medicine, pharmaceuticals and social issues, he has carried out public interest inquiries for The Sunday Times of London on four continents, made hour-long TV documentaries and has been featured on most of America's top news and current affairs shows.

“Anyone who has concerns about childhood vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella, and anyone who is interested in the ethical conduct of science will be fascinated by Brian Deer's story,” Taylor said.

Admission is free. Parking lots C-7 near Eagle Hall and C-2 near the stadium will be available for free parking starting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Down syndrome advocate to speak at UW-L

Gail Williamson, an advocate for people with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities, will share her story during a presentation at UW-La Crosse at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. The event is free and open to all.

Ever since Williamson’s son Blair, who has Down syndrome, was cast in a national commercial, her perception of the media has evolved. By using the media to positively affect society’s perception of those with developmental disorders, she has opened the door for many by helping them find work in the entertainment industry by casting talent for shows like “Glee,” “ER” and “Scrubs.”

Through her work and speaking events, Williamson hopes to convey the current climate and attitude toward those with Down syndrome and other development disabilities.

Expert to discuss bullying in cyberspace

In the past year, 43 percent of the nation’s youth have been victims of cyber bullying (using technology to harass or embarrass another person). Because cyber bullying is often anonymous and far-reaching on the Web, it can be just as hurtful as face-to-face bullying.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, Gundersen Lutheran and Kohl’s Cares bring parents and educators a free educational event to the topic. The program run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lunda Center on the Western Technical College campus.

Gundersen Lutheran child and family therapist Jeff Reiland will discuss signs of cyber bullying and its growing impact on today’s adolescents. He’ll also talk about setting clear expectations and having thoughtful discussions with children to help reduce its prevalence.

To register, log onto Look for “Classes & Events” along the sidebar. For child care providers, this event is a registry-approved training. For more information call 775-5387.

UW-L presents enchanted tale of love

The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts production, “Mirror of the Invisible World,” showcases storytelling from seven beautiful princesses to the beloved King Bahram Gur. The play is Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of a selection from the 12th century Persian poem Haft Paykar by Nizami of Ganja.

“Mirror of the Invisible World” will show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 25-27, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 21 and 28, in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets.

In the King Bahram Gur’s luxurious world, his new brides come from seven exotic countries. He devotes an evening to each bride in the pavilion he built for them, listening and learning as they spin mystical stories that teach him the meaning of patience, compassion, honesty, goodness and love.

Each story told by the women materializes before the audiences eyes creating a labyrinth of wonder and excitement as each story delves deeper and deeper imparting wisdom to all involved.

Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Box office hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and one hour before show times. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors and non-UWL students and $4 UW-L students. For tickets, call 785-8522.

Great Pumpkin Chase 5K set for Oct. 27

The fourth annual Great Pumpkin Chase 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m. in Hixon Forest.

A finish line celebration will feature food, refreshments, and live music by Andy Hughes from TUGG.

All proceeds from the event benefit WisCorps and its conservation and trail rehabilitation efforts in the area.

To register for the Great Pumpkin Chase, log onto or call 782-2494.

Salvation Army signing up bell ringers

Even before summer tans get a chance to fade, The Salvation Army is asking people to sign up for a traditional winter activity: bell ringing.

Sign ups began in August, with Golden Bell ringers (those who rang for 10 shifts or more last year) getting the first chance at their preferred sites and times. Next the web site was opened to groups.

Now individuals are being encouraged to sign up for bell ringing shifts of two hours each. Bell ringing kicks off Nov. 16 and continues through Dec. 24.  This year volunteers can sign up for 22 sites, including a new one, the Quillins on Sky Harbour drive.

In all, The Salvation Army is hoping to fill just over 4,000 volunteer shifts. Right now approximately 250 shifts have been filled.

The Christmas Red Kettle campaign accounts for one third of The Salvation Army’s overall operating budget. These funds help provide emergency shelter to individuals and families who would otherwise be homeless and serve more than 99,000 meals to people struggling with hunger.

To sign up, log onto or call volunteer coordinator Jeff Hoch at 782-6126.

Trempealeau to offer deer hunt permits

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will once again offer special refuge deer hunting permits for the 2012 nine day, Wisconsin gun deer season and the 2012-13 late archery season.

A random drawing will be held Oct. 16 to select 45 hunters for the nine-day gun hunt. Applications for the drawing are available at (follow the link for hunting).

There is a $10 administrative fee for hunters wishing to be entered into the drawing. The $10.00 fee must be submitted with the application no later than Oct. 11 to be entered into the drawing.

Permits to hunt will be mailed to selected hunters on Oct. 22. Due to the large number of applicants, hunters not selected in the drawing will not be notified.

Permits for the late archery season are also available on the website. Archery hunters may apply until Dec. 14 and all applications must be accompanied by a $10 administrative fee. Archery permits will be mailed upon receipt of application and fee. Archery hunters may also apply in person at the refuge office.

All hunters must possess a valid Wisconsin hunting license and a refuge permit to hunt on the refuge. Wisconsin hunting regulations will be in effect. The refuge will not be participating in the hunting mentorship program. All hunters must be at least 12 years old and must be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 18.

Interested hunters may contact Trempealeau NWR for more information by calling 608-539-2311, ext. 6.

Trempealeau NWR offers special duck hunt

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge will once again offer a special waterfowl hunt for hunters with disabilities on Oct. 13-14.

To participate in this special hunt, all applicants must have a Wisconsin Class A or C Disabled Hunting Permit, a current Wisconsin issued hunting license, 2012 state and federal duck stamps and a completed migratory bird hunt application. This hunt is limited to 14 participants. If more than 14 applications are received by the deadline (Oct. 5), then a random drawing will be held. Those not selected for the weekend hunt may choose from the weekday hunt scheduled for Oct. 16-18 or Oct. 23-25.

Special hunt applications are available at the refuge office or may be downloaded at

Interested hunters may contact Trempealeau NWR for more information or to request an application by calling 608-539-2311, ext. 6.

Onalaska pizza place goes out of business

September 9 was the last day of business for the Pizza Pros Ala Mode pizza restaurant at 835 Oak Ave. S. in Onalaska.

Owner Dave Olson had dropped his Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream franchise and went independent as Pizza Pros Ala Mode earlier this summer.

There had been a Happy Joe’s in the area since 1977, when Olson and two partners opened one at the current site of Dave’s Guitar Shop in La Crosse. Olson opened the Onalaska restaurant in 1983.

Messages on the Pizza Pros website and Facebook page and a sign on the door of the closed restaurant, tell customers the business has closed. Olson wasn’t available for comment.

Doctor opens clinic in Holmen, his fourth

Dr. Ted Thompson has opened his fourth Neighborhood Family Clinic, inside the Bronston Chiropractic clinic at 434 North Star Road in Holmen.

Thompson opened the new clinic Aug. 27, after opening clinics inside Bronston clinics in La Crosse, Onalaska and Sparta.

Neighborhood Family Clinic offers a $39 office visit and charges other fees for various procedures and services.

For its grand opening, a mobile mammography screening unit will be at the Holmen clinic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and 27-28. Appointments for the screenings are appreciated but not required; call 1-800-236-0084.

For more information, call 526-3343 or log onto

Linda’s Café closes for good in Barre Mills

Sept. 9 was the last day for Linda’s Café, which Don and Linda Ziel opened in July 2009 at W4007 Hwy. O in Barre Mills.

“We opened in the midst of a recession and are closing still in a recession,” Don Ziel said. “We gambled on the economy getting better and lost.”

He added that in addition to the economy, the price of food, taxes and the price of fuel forced the end of the couple’s business.

Entries sought for tourism photo contest

The Onalaska Center for Commerce and Tourism is hosting its annual photo contest. The deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Pictures must be taken in the Onalaska, Holmen or West Salem areas.

Two photos in each of three categories may be submitted. The categories are: people; nature and landscapes; and activities and recreation.

Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in each category. The top three photos in each category will be posted on Facebook at

The photo earning the most likes on Facebook will win the grand prize.

Photos should be emailed to Visit the website at for more rules about entries.

Auditions scheduled for Got Talent? show

The Holmen Area Partnership for Youth is looking for talented community members of all ages for its fourth annual Got Talent? Coulee Region Talent Show. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Holmen High School Fine Arts Center.

Auditions for the show will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the HHS Fine Arts Center. Competition divisions include elementary school, middle school, high school and adult, with the winner in each category receiving a $100 cash prize.

Last year, more than 40 acts auditioned for the show with almost a sellout performance night crowd. Those interested in auditioning should submit an application soon.

Applications can be downloaded from, by contacting Laurie Kessler at 386-1749 or

Entry fees are $10 for individual acts and $20 for groups.

Speedskating season starts soon at Omni

The Western Wisconsin Speed Team will be based at the Onalaska OmniCenter for the 2012-13 season. The speed skating team will practice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. most Sundays, beginning Oct. 7, for a drop-in price of $10 per session.

Any type of skates may be worn, but long clothing, neck guards, gloves, helmets, knee and shin pads are required. WWST has most sizes of speed skates to borrow for a session.

More information and the schedule can be found online at

New members sought for DaCapo Band

The DaCapo Band is launching rehearsals for the fall season and would welcome new members, even if it's been awhile since they’ve picked up their instrument. For more information, call Diane Oldani Wulf at 608-304-2757.

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