Drew Kelly

Drew Kelly

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Wednesday - November 22, 2017 12:39 am

Turkey day traffic will be up, as are gas prices

More cars predicted to be on road than in past 12 years

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Judge dismisses companies challenge after year-plus battle 

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It's been a staple of La Crosse for 36 years now. And, one reason for the success of the La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner is the children who volunteer to help.

"Pumpkin pies are being baked by middle school students," dinner board member Daria Lapp said. "We have kids in the district making cards and placements.
"It's just wonderful how kids and their families are willing to help."

Over 100 pies are expected to come from the Family and Consumer Science Class at Logan Middle School.

"It's partnerships like the school district, that we rely on," Lapp said. "We know they're going to be there for us."

The feast takes place from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the La Crosse Center and is free to all. And, if you cannot get there yourself, there are multiple options provided by the organization.

"We do delivery for our neighbors who are home bound," Lapp said. "We also have transportation for those who want to come down to the dinner and share with the community but aren't able to get there."

For those who need help getting delivery or getting to the Center, click here.

Lapp says the group still needs volunteers. If you wish to help, click here.

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Hall of famer talked of adversity he overcame to land in NFL

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AMA changed treatment parameters to 130/80 

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With the number of patients doubling, Mayo-Franciscan in La Crosse announced a $4.9 million cancer center expansion Tuesday.

The 3,900-foot expansion will be completed by spring of 2019.

Dr. Paula Gill, chair of the oncology dept., said the expansion is desparately needed.

"We've had a doubling in the number of patients that we treat in the past several years - more than a doubling," she said.

Mayo had been treating 1,000 new cancer patients a year but is now over 2,000, Gill said.

The project will be done in phases so as not to disrupt services.

It will feature nine exam rooms and nine treatment chairs to support services. The 3.9 million dollar project will be done in phases

It will be located in the lower level of the Center for Advanced Medicine and Surgery on West Ave.

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Monday - November 13, 2017 6:17 pm

Bell ringing campaign underway for Salvation Army

Group still needs to fill plenty of volunteer shifts 

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Neillsvilel man now facing 5th OWI 

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A year after President Donald Trump was elected, the results of his first federal budget remain unclear.

There is one area in particular that La Crosse's WAFER Food Pantry executive director Erin Waldhart is especially concerned about.

"Cuts in funding for social service programs," she said. "What does it mean for the people that we serve? I would say that it's probably 100 percent of our customer base."

Trump proposed a 29-percent cut in the SNAP program, better known as food stamps. It could come at a time when people need it most, especially among senior citizens.

"What options do they have to change their circumstance?" Waldhart asked. "For many seniors, they're facing physical limitations that prohibit them from getting a job. They might have medical problems that prohibit that, as well. Or, just age."

It's easier to write up a budget, Waldhart noted, when you don't hear people's stories of struggle everyday. She said the last few days, when the pantry opens, the lobby has been completely full.

"We have experienced an increase this year," Waldhart said. "Usually our increase begins October-November, when the weather starts to get colder, but we saw this increase beginning in May. We hit a high in August that we hadn't seen in over a year and a half."

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