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Former La Crosse Chamber of Commerce boss D-J Petruccelli was 81 when he died in Florida last week. Petruccelli had just begun working at the La Crosse Chamber in 1960 when brewery workers came to him with the idea for a fall festival. Duane Moore worked in local radio and TV at the time, and he remembers Don Petruccelli getting really big names to appear at Oktoberfest, including Louis Armstrong and Guy Lombardo. Petruccelli also brought speakers such as Ann Landers and Ronald Reagan to the Chamber's annual dinner. Moore remembers the Chamber boss as a guy who liked 'extravaganzas.'
You get the feeling that bicyclists are starting to get some traction in the coulee region? Tim Keneipp does. The president of the Driftless Region Bicycle coalition thinks getting around by bike is becoming more like normal.
Keneipp says more trails and bike lanes could get even more people traveling on two wheels. Keneipp's group is behind a week-long bike to work week in the area. The week kicks off with a Bike to Work Festival in La Crosse's Riverside Park on Saturday afternoon.
It's your turn to weigh in on a long range plan for the La Crosse school district.
A portion of Highway 16 between Bangor and Sparta could be closed all night, as police investigate a semi involved in a chase from Tomah to Sparta. People living near the spot where the truck was halted have been evacuated, and I-90 is suggested as a detour until morning.
Some local boat owners who keep their boats docked at Skipperliner on French Island could get them in the water in a few days.
Judge Dale Pasell is directing a receiver for Skipperliner to arrange for boats to be returned to their owners as soon as possible, maybe by this weekend. The sudden shutdown of the boat-maker two weeks ago literally left those owners high and dry...not knowing if they could get access to their dry-docked boats before the start of summer. The judge's order also affects people who own boats kept at Skipperliner property in Arizona.