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Explore La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Things to See and Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Dining Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Area Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Business Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Relocation and Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

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Š2009 La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Produced by the La Crosse Tribune The official La Crosse Area Visitors Guide is published annually by the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this guide. The LACVB assumes no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. For corrections or inclusion in the next issue, contact the LACVB at 608-782-2366. If you are interested in having your ad placed in future publications, please call the LACVB at 1-800-658-9424. Visit us at our Internet Web site: www.explorelacrosse.com Reproduction of material used in this publication requires the written consent of the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the La Crosse Tribune. Cover photo and photography by RJ & Linda Miller, Dave Clements and other photographers as credited www.explorelacrosse.com

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W E L C O M E

Welcome to La Crosse ... a historic, vibrant city of over 50,000 people, nestled between the bluffs and the Mississippi River. La Crosse has much to offer. A historic downtown with a flair for the old but sprinkled with the new. New development has changed the skyline of our growing city. We are creating jobs and also enhancing our selection of stores, galleries and restaurants. Our downtown is bordered by the Mississippi River which attracts visitors far and wide. An improved riverfront invites people to Riverside Park for sightseeing, river cruises, biking or just to watch a sunset. We invite you to share in our hospitality. We are proud of La Crosse. Visit us and I think you will be proud of our fine city as well. Mark Johnsrud, Mayor

Whether your interests include boating, biking or bird watching, French Island has something to offer everyone. With its natural geographical beauty, visitors find it hard not to stop and look us over. For a fantastic view of a sunset all year long, please visit our observation deck overlooking Lake Onalaska on our northern borders. Travel to our southern borders for a wonderful dining experience at Huck Finn’s Restaurant, located at our SkipperLiner Marine manufacturing facility. Since we are an island, we have some of the best fishing opportunities in the entire state of Wisconsin. The winter season offers cross country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling. The majestic bluffs of Minnesota provide a natural haven to the eagle, which we can watch fishing in the open waters of the Black River on our eastern border. Many visitors stop to take advantage of our local Thomasville Gallery and the Company Store Outlet located just off the Interstate on Sky Harbour Drive. Also located on Sky Harbour Drive is a Days Hotel which offers rest for weary travelers and rooms for meetings or gatherings of all sorts. Adam’s Rib Restaurant is in the same building for fine dining that offers many specials. We look forward to your visit and wish to welcome you to the Town of Campbell. Scott Johnson, Chairman, Town of Campbell

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When your city is located beside a world-famous attraction there is a tendency for lots of other wonderful things to be slighted. Yes, the Mississippi River tends to dominate things here in La Crosse. It is a living link to history, and provides scenic beauty, commerce, wildlife and recreation of all kinds. It is the main artery of America’s Midwest, and its importance cannot be overstated. But don’t be fooled. Don’t think that once you’ve stood on the shore of that great river you’ve seen everything La Crosse has to offer. There is a lot more to see, hear, taste and experience here.

Shopping La Crosse traces its roots back to 1841, when Nathan Myrick arrived and established a trading post. He was soon doing business with river travelers and Native Americans, and attracting neighbors. Our city has been a center for commerce ever since. In fact, we’ve grown into a regional shopping attraction since Myrick was peddling pelts and traps. Valley View Mall, which sits beside I-90 on the city’s northern edge, annually attracts more than six million visits from shoppers. Most of America’s major retailers and restaurants can be found along this highway corridor, along with numerous specialty shops. La Crosse’s central business district offers a unique mix of stores selling antiques, specialty items, clothing and crafts. Several galleries in the downtown area serve as outlets for local artists, who use a variety of techniques that have proven to be popular with those who appreciate the arts. Visitors find it takes at least a couple of days just to explore the city’s galleries and museums. Those with an interest in history and www.explorelacrosse.com

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antiques will find themselves drawn to La Crosse’s North Side and a district known as Old Towne North, a small retail center of specialty shops and businesses with a friendly atmosphere. Many of the ornate old buildings here have been covered with false fronts, but their second stories reveal the decorative aspects of the original structures. The shops themselves feature antiques, crafts and specialty items.

Architecture Travelers interested in history and architecture soon learn that La Crosse’s central business district was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. There are 110 buildings within several square blocks in that designated area, and 96 of them have been deemed to contribute to the district’s historic character.

If you’re interested in spectacular residences you’ll want to take a stroll past the magnificent homes located just a few blocks east of downtown. They still reflect the opulence enjoyed by the lumber barons and merchant princes who first lived in these mansions. Visitors also will want to walk through Riverside International Friendship Gardens, which honor La Crosse’s sister cities around the globe. The garden is located on the north end of Riverside Park. The name Hixon is prominent in La Crosse, and carries significance for visitors as well. We have a Hixon Forest and Hixon House, both named for entrepreneur Gideon Hixon. His home, at Seventh and Badger streets, has recently undergone another restoration project and is famous for its attention to detail and historical accuracy. La Crosse 2009

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Hiking and Biking Downtown La Crosse has connections that take bikers through the scenic La Crosse River marsh and link to state bicycle trails that run both east and northwest. Those state trails provide 101 miles of groomed biking paths, along with opportunities to spot birds and the other critters that populate the marshes, pastures, fields and woodlands around here. Human Powered Trails are located on top of scenic Grandad Bluff on 130 acres of land with more than 11 miles of trails, including the TNT connector trail to the Hixon Forest trailhead. These trails are and built by Human Powered Trails volunteers and provide the perfect resource for riders, runners and hikers. The Great River State Trail runs north of La Crosse for more than 25 miles, and passes through the lowlands along the Black River. Bikers cross about 20 bridges on this route, including a 287-foot steel trestle once used by trains, and just beyond the trail’s northern end they are able to connect with Minnesota’s trails once they’ve crossed the bridge over the Mississippi River at Winona, Minn. The La Crosse River Trail heads east from La Crosse, through more marshes and a series of smaller towns, before connecting with two more state trails. Experienced bikers say the trails constitute some of the best biking in the Midwest.

Outdoors World-class fishing awaits visitors to the La Crosse area. That means we have both quality, for serious anglers looking for trophies, and quantity, meaning lots of smaller fish still capable of providing pole-bending delight for the whole family. Local waters yield northern pike, walleyes, sauger, bass, perch, catfish, crappies and sunfish. Trout can be found in area streams. Hunters have access to more than 20,000 acres of public land, 6

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where they will see deer, turkey and small game. Our lakes and rivers attract huge flocks of waterfowl. Golfers can choose from more than a dozen nearby courses, all offering splendid views and challenging holes at reasonable prices. Water enthusiasts take to our rivers and lakes in everything from inner tubes to canoes, kayaks, houseboats, personal watercraft, water-skis and diving gear. Sailing is very popular on nearby Lake Onalaska. The hiking is great here also, and the younger crowd can enjoy swimming, tennis, roller skating and skateboarding. Downhill skiing is available at Mount La Crosse in the winter, along with cross-country skiing on numerous area trails.

Shrine The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was just an idea a decade ago, was dedicated in 2008 and now is attracting pilgrims. The domed Shrine Church, key component of an eye-catching complex in a backdrop of woods and scenic beauty, is designed in the Romanesque style. Visitors enter the church and pray there, especially before the Blessed Sacrament reposed in the tabernacle, directly behind the altar of sacrifice and beneath the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Pilgrims come to the Shrine Church, most of all, to receive God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance and to participate in the Holy Mass. The 100-acre site, which is sheltered by woodlands about two miles south of La Crosse along Hwy. 14, is part of the rich history of the Coulee Region. More information is available at the Shrine’s Web site — www.guadalupeshrine.org. 800.658.9424


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Fountain in Riverside Park

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History Three rivers meet in La Crosse, creating a site that has been beautiful and busy since Native Americans were the only ones on the waterways. In 1841, young Nathan Myrick caught a keelboat in Prairie du Chien and rode it north until he found a likely spot to establish a trading post. He and a partner built a cabin on what is now Barron Island in La Crosse and began trading with the Native Americans. Others followed, and the place began to grow. La Crosse received its charter as a city in 1856, although Myrick wasn’t around to see that since he had moved upriver in 1848 to establish a trading post in St. Paul, MN. La Crosse had 26,000 residents by 1892, including several entrepreneurs who made fortunes as lumbermen and merchants. There were many forests in the area, and access to three streams –the Mississippi, Black and La Crosse rivers — meant that logs cut elsewhere would eventually float to the sawmills in La Crosse. There were 33 sawmills active in and around La Crosse between 1850 and 1900, chewing up logs that floated down the Black River from the pine forests to the north. The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration came to La Crosse in 1871 and began to build a liberal arts college on what was prairie land at that time. Viterbo University, which features a magnificent Fine Arts Center whose stages host nationally known musicians and actors as well as talented students, showcases what has resulted from that seed the Franciscan Sisters planted more than a century ago. The nuns were also the spark that led to the creation of St. Francis Hospital, which has since merged with the Mayo Clinic and is now called Franciscan Skemp Healthcare. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse began in 1909 as www.explorelacrosse.com

La Crosse Normal School, and has evolved into one of the leading campuses of the statewide UW System. The local university attracts thousands of spectators each year to productions in Toland Theater and Annett Recital Hall. Today’s Western Technical College was created in 1912 and has gone through a variety of names. But its mission of offering two-year associate degrees, and working closely with local businesses to meet their employment needs, has remained stable for many years. Immigrants, especially Germans and Norwegians, flowed to La Crosse because there was work in what was a booming river town. Trane Company, which has become a worldwide corporation, was founded in 1885 and has been the city’s largest employer for many years. It still employs more than 2,300 today. The healthcare industry, especially Gundersen Lutheran Healthcare and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, provides thousands of jobs today. Visitors can get a taste of what La Crosse was like simply by walking around the downtown area. Here you will find the Pump House Regional Arts Center in a building that dates to 1880 and once served as a water-pumping station. Visual artists and performing artists now use the structure. Other historic buildings can be found throughout the downtown area, and also in Old Towne on the city’s North Side. Aeolus Locomotive 4000, which was built in 1930, stands near Old Towne North and serves as a reminder of La Crosse’s railroad tradition. Transportation advantages have always been a key driver of La Crosse’s economy. Several busy highways intersect here, including Interstate 90, and the city also is served by railroads, airlines and buses. And, yes, barges and pleasure crafts — and even steamboats — still use those rivers. La Crosse 2009

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Hixon House: The La Crosse County Historical Society’s Italianate-style residence gives an authentic glimpse into the elegant Victorian lifestyle enjoyed by lumberman-financier Gideon Hixon. The beautiful woodwork, period furnishings and charming gardens make the tour a worthwhile experience. Open daily, except Mondays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last tour at 4 p.m. Group tours by appointment. 429 N. 7th St.; www.lchsweb.org, 608-782-1980. Kid’s Coulee: Located in Myrick Park is La Crosse’s premier kid’s attraction, Kid’s Coulee, a kid-designed, community-built playscape that is accessible to children of all abilities. This multi-leveled playground features climbing and balance beams, a riverboat with a stage, rubber river, sandmoat, castle, fort, maze, swings, tunnels, bridges, ladders, slides and much more. Equipment for kids with disabilities is integrated throughout the playscape. Lock and Dam No. 7 & Lock and Dam No. 8: Watch 400-foot barges as they navigate up and down the Mississippi River through the lock and dam system. No. 7 is located at the intersection of I-90 and Hwy. 14/61 in Dresbach, MN No. 8 is 12 miles south of La Crosse along the Great River Road, Hwy. 35 in Genoa, WI.

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AT T R A C T I O N S Apple Blossom Scenic Drive: Drive the second-most-scenic overlook in Minnesota through neighboring La Crescent, the “Apple Capital” of Minnesota. More than 1,400 acres include 12 apple orchards in La Crescent. Take in the spectacular view of the colorful tree-lined bluffs, decorative rolling hills and the majestic Mississippi River; a must-see in autumn as fall colors peak. Follow County Hwy. 12. Children’s Museum: Here is a place where children play to learn and adults learn to play. Three floors of hands-on exhibits, birthday party/meeting rooms, a multipurpose theater, gift shop and more. $5 per person. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 207 Fifth Ave. S.; 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org. 8

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Grandad Bluff: City park located by following Main Street east, which becomes Bliss Road as you ascend the bluff. At the top, the entrance is found by turning right (east) on Grandad Bluff Road. The 540-foot-high bluff overlooks the city of La Crosse. The view of the Mississippi River Valley includes the three states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Wisconsin Trails readers voted this “the most scenic view in the state.” It features a shelter house, coin-operated binoculars, picnic areas and is the site of the annual Skyrockers’ New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show.

Myrick Hixon EcoPark: A popular attraction in La Crosse for all ages is found in Myrick Park on La Crosse Street. More than a zoo, more than a nature center, Myrick Hixon EcoPark hosts 18 species of animals, most native to North America and a petting zoo. Open daily May-October, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; November-April, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 608-789-7190.

Great River Road: Designated in 1938, the Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway, stretches from Lake Itasca, MN, to the Gulf of Mexico. The Wisconsin section, Hwy. 35/53, with La Crosse being the largest city on the route, showcases breathtaking views of the river valley and bluffs beyond. Bald eagles are a common sight along the route.

Pickwick Mill, Inc.: Winona, MN The Pickwick Mill is on the National and State Register. Built of local limestone, it stands six stories tall. The mill contains 19th-century machinery and a beautiful 20-by-4-foot waterwheel. 507-452-9658.

Neshonoc Dam, Powerhouse & Mill: Located along Hwy. 16 in West Salem, these buildings were once a major part of the thriving community of Neshonoc.

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LA CROSSE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Step into history with our three La Crosse museums, and watch for our Special Events!

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Swarthout Museum Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat & Sun 1-5 year-round.. Closed Holidays. Corner of 9th and Main streets Attached to the Main Library. A foot bridge at Riverside International Friendship Gardens

Riverside Museum Pump House Regional Arts Center: Founded in 1977, the center presents visual and performing arts with a Midwest emphasis. Educational outreach is an important part of its mission. The Pump House is located in a former water pumping station, one block from the Mississippi River. $2 suggested donation. Tuesday through Friday 12-5 p.m.; Saturday 12-4 p.m. 119 King St.; www.thepumphouse.org, 608-785-1434. Riverside International Friendship Gardens: La Crosse enjoys thriving relationships with sister cities, business partners, students and people from around the world. We celebrate the success of these partnerships, and built a tribute to the culture and traditions of our worldwide friends. The gardens represent the style of a typical garden in each sister city. La Crosse’s current sister cities are: Epinal, France; Luoyang, China; Friedberg, Germany; and Dubna, Russia. Located in Riverside Park. www.riversidegardens.org. Riverside Museum: In 1870, the steamboat War Eagle burned and sank at the docks of La Crosse. The Riverside Museum features the largest collection of artifacts brought up from the wreck of the War Eagle, as well as exhibits about the impact the rivers had on the growth and development of La Crosse. The museum also has many artifacts from the Mississippi www.explorelacrosse.com

Valey Archaeological Center. Located in Riverside Park. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day; also weekends only during September and October. 608-782-1980. 1930s Steam Locomotive Aeolus #4000: A Hudson type engine used on the Burlington Railroad. Standing nearby is the railroad tower built in 1928 that controlled the grand crossing of four railroads, the Milwaukee, Burlington, Green Bay and North Western, which once converged nearby. Located in Copeland Park. Swarthout Museum: A variety of permanent and changing exhibits educate and enlighten both children and adults about the history of La Crosse County. The Children’s Room allows young visitors to try on clothing from the past and provides a hands-on experience with interesting historic machines. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 9th and Main streets; 608-782-1980.

Memorial Day through Labor Day 10:30-4:30 Mon-Sat Sun 10:30-4 Weekends through mid-October. Located at the north end of Riverside Park. Hixon House Memorial Day-Labor Day Tues-Sun 10-5 (last tour starts at 4) Please call ahead for fall hours and Holiday Tour dates. Corner of 7th and Badger streets.

Waterfowl and Mississippi Viewing Platform: Located in Nelson Park in the Town of Campbell. Follow Lakeshore Drive as far north as possible. Catch the migration of swans, ducks, geese and eagles. This viewing platform was created to provide a comfortable environment for people of all ages and physical capabilities to view migrating waterfowl. La Crosse 2009

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Architecture Christ Episcopal Church: 111 N. Ninth St., 608-784-0697. This church holds the traditional symbolic features of a European cathedral, from Romanesque architecture and a Gothic cruciform shape to an interior of Italian Renaissance. Built in 1898, the cathedral also has a magnificent Tiffany window. St. Rose Convent: 715 S. Ninth St., 608-784-2288. The Mother House of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the Chapel of Angels is recognized as one of the most beautiful in the United States. Since Aug. 1, 1878, at least two Franciscan Sisters have maintained a 24-hour prayer vigil for the Church, community and the world. St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral: 530 Main St., 608-782-0322. This traditional Gothic cathedral is the church of the Bishop. The Cathedral holds 12 burial vaults for city bishops, two chapels and a 1,500-pound bronze canopy over the Botticiano marble altar. Beautiful stained-glass windows depict Wisconsin’s Catholic heritage. A relief carving of St. Joseph the Workman above the main entrance depicts the Saint with a carpenter’s square symbolizing his labors. Masses: Saturday 5:10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. www.cathedralsjworkman.org. A blue heron fishing on the banks of the Mississipi River

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Art galleries Gallery La Crosse: 320 Main St., 608-781-1827. Works by dozens of artists, craft artisans and folk art practitioners blended with antiques and vintage wares. Also, bird habitat and garden art. Viterbo University Art Gallery: 929 Jackson St., 608-796-3100. UW-La Crosse Art Gallery: 16th St. and Vine Street, 608-785-8522. Pump House Regional Arts Center: 119 King St., 608-785-1434. Once the site of La Crosse’s first pumping station, now home to many art organizations, the Pump House features art shows and local and touring performing artists.

Take A Peak! Don’t miss the color, action and excitement of stock car racing! Every Saturday night from April to September, you’ll see the top guns in the Weekly Series battle it out. Great fun for the whole family. Gates open at 5:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and first big race at 7:30pm. Highway 16 and County M • West Salem, WI www.lacrossespeedway.com 608-786-1525

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La Crosse Public Library: 800 Main St., 608-789-7100. Changing exhibits, paintings for loan.

Meeting/Convention Facilities La Crosse Center: The Wisconsin Society of Architects has given the Center its “Award for Excellence in Architecture” for the flexibility offered by its design. The award honors the Center on the Mississippi as a center of choices that shapes itself to many purposes. This flexibility makes it the Center of choice for events from all over the state and region. See ad featured on page 2.

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The Julia Belle Swain offers a variety of cruises — from sightseeing to dinner to overnight visits to historic river towns — that will suit every taste and budget. We offer great group rates, and the steamboat is available for weddings, reunions, corporate events, seminars, and all kinds of private parties. Enjoy fine food, live music, and special theme details.

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Sculptures Anidonts: Abstract boy and dog sculpture by Luis Arata, located in Myrick Park. Fledgling: Contemporary sculpture by Mike Martino of a boy with his skateboard, sporting wings. Located on Fourth and Vine streets. Hiawatha: Located in Riverside Park, this 25-foot, 25-ton sculpture by artist Anthony Zimmerhakl stands guard over the sacred place where three rivers meet (the Mississippi River, Black River and La Crosse River). Legend says that where three rivers meet, no natural disaster will befall. To date, this legend has remained true.

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Antique Center 110 S. 3rd Street – Downtown • One of the Midwest’s finest shops • 20,000 sq.ft. of quality antiques • 70 plus booths • 1 block from the La Crosse Center 608-782-6533 Mon-Sat 9am-5:30pm Sun 11am-5:30pm

Earth friendly products for you and your home 410 Main St., Downtown La Crosse 608-788-1192

Jules’ Coffee House “Specialty Coffees & Teas” Specializing in the area’s best espresso and coffees since 1993. Fresh baked scones and cookies. Vegetarian soups and chili. Wine and beer selection offered. Open daily. Smoke-free. Outdoor seating available.

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Buying Scrap Gold • Silver & Gold Coins

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The La Crosse area abounds with bird watching havens.

Designer-inspired Purses & Jewelry

Whether you are a connoisseur of fine beer and ale, find delight in the camaraderie of friendly patrons and staff or simply appreciate the eclectic surroundings of this historic establishment, you will enjoy the hospitality of your host and the proprietor, Jeff Hotson. The Bodega offers one of the Midwest's largest selection of micro brew and international beer brands. Choose from nearly 400 beer labels from around the world. 122 4th Street S. • Downtown La Crosse

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La Crosse Eagle: This majestic sculpture by artist Elmer Petersen stands 38-feet tall as it watches over the Mississippi River and Riverside Park.

project includes a life-size sculpture of children surrounded by a plaza with an inlay of bricks inscribed with the names of contributors. Located in Riverside Park.

Lacrosse Players: Trademark of the city, this sculpture depicts three Ho-Chunk Indians playing the game of their day. It can be found on the Hwy. 53 welcome sign, as well as on the corner of Second and Main streets.

Water Over the Dam: A contemporary piece by Jeff Weideman represents water falling over a dam. Located at Fourth and Vine streets.

Le Pinau: Symbolizing the history of the city is a copy of a IV Century B.C. Greek statue of a little boy picking “une épine” or thorn out of his foot. Hence the name Epinal. The statue is inspired by a story that as a little boy sat to pull a thorn from his foot, he saw that Epinal was the right place to build a city. The sculpture was a gift from our Sister City of Epinal, France for the 20th Anniversary of our Sister City relationship. The sculpture was placed in Civic Center Plaza in August 2007. Reflections: Fountain-based piece by Paul T. Granlund. Located in front of the Public Library, 800 Main St. The Scroll: An abstract piece by Dale Kendrick representing the beginning of the written word. Located at Third and La Crosse streets. A Simpler Time: Set along the levee on the bank of the Mississippi River, “A Simpler Time” is a sculpture by local artist Mike Martino. This

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SPORTS AND R E C R E AT I O N Area parks The city of La Crosse has 42 parks; four of them are situated on the banks of the Mississippi or Black rivers. Listed are some of the area’s larger parks. Copeland Park: Features the restored steam engine “Alice the Goon” with station house. Also tennis courts, basketball courts, boat ramps, picnic area, shelter house, wading pool, volleyball and home of the La Crosse Loggers baseball team. Located on the corner of Clinton Street and Copeland Avenue on the Black River. Goose Island Park & Campground: Three miles south of La Crosse on Hwy. 35 at County Hwy. GI. 608-785-9770. Green Island Park: Features indoor ice skating area, boat dock and baseball diamond. Located on Seventh and Cook streets. Houska Park: Features wading pool, play equipment, picnic shelter and baseball diamond. Located on the west end of Hood St. La Crosse County Parks: 400 N. 4th St., La Crosse, WI 54602. 608-785-9770. Veterans Memorial on Hwy. 16 East, is a well-groomed, clean park, packed with wholesome family atmosphere. Facilities are well maintained and restrooms are immaculate. Located on the La Crosse River Bike Trail; Goose Island is on Hwy. 35 South. Unique among public campgrounds, beautiful and well-maintained — your island on the Mississippi. Canoe rentals available. Myrick Park: Features Myrick Hixon EcoPark, Kid’s Coulee playscape, children’s rides, playground equipment, wading pool and hiking trails. Located on La Crosse St. between East Ave. and Hillview Ave. Nelson Park: North tip of French Island on Lake Shore Drive. Neshonoc Swarthout Park: Half-mile north of West Salem on Hwy. 16. Perrot State Park: Near Trempealeau, WI. 608-534-6409. Pettibone Park: Features include public beaches, shelters, playground equipment, park lagoon for ice skating and model boat racing and historic pavilion. Located on Barron Island. Across the Cass Street Bridge going west. The entrance is located on the north side of Hwy. 14/61/16.

Bird-watching

Eagles

More than 200 species of birds live in or pass through the La Crosse area in a typical year, and travelers don’t have to go far to see them. Bald eagles, in fact, have been seen right in Riverside Park near the city’s downtown. The Great River Birding Trail passes right through La Crosse County, and bird-watchers find the viewing is great in several nearby sanctuaries, including Myrick Marsh, Hixon Forest, Goose Island County Park and Nelson Park, which are all in or near La Crosse. La Crosse County contains a segment of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, and more than 300 species of birds can be spotted there, or nearby, as they nest here or migrate through. Turkeys prowl the woods and fields near La Crosse, delighting hunters and photographers. Waterfowl, especially ducks, gather by the tens of thousands on the Mississippi River and nearby Lake Onalaska each fall, providing thrills for both bird-watchers and hunters. Tundra swans pass through La Crosse each fall as they make their way from nesting grounds near the Arctic Circle to Chesapeake Bay. They use the Mississippi River Valley as a resting spot before continuing what is a 4,000mile journey.

They are majestic, historically significant, and present in large numbers in the La Crosse area. We are talking about eagles, of course, and watchers get a thrill every time one is spotted soaring on a breeze, or snagging a meal out of a river, or simply perched on a limb alongside a stream. The most spectacular time of the year for eagle enthusiasts is the late fall and early spring, when the birds follow changing ice conditions on the Mississippi River. They like open water, and more than 150 of them have been spotted at one time, scavenging fish from Lake Onalaska and Richmond Bay on La Crosse’s North Side. The area has several nesting pairs of eagles, and they can be spotted along the Mississippi River and its tributaries in the La Crosse area, and sometimes out in the countryside wherever food might be available. They are essentially good-looking vultures, and dead animals in the wild and on farms can be a source of food. Wildlife experts encourage everyone to view eagles from a distance, so as not to startle the birds. They also suggest staying in a vehicle, since it will act as a blind because stepping out of the vehicle may well scare the eagles away.

Mississippi Explorer offers wildlife cruises.

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO Red Cloud Park: Features a tennis court, picnic shelters, playground equipment and hiking trails. Located east on St. Andrew St. to Powell St. Riverside Park: Features a 25-foot-high statue of Hiawatha guarding the confluence of three rivers, Eagle statue, Spanish-American War cannon, Riverside International Friendship Gardens, La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offices and Visitors Center. Riverside USA Museum with exhibits of area river history and steamboat artifacts. Located at junction of State St. and the Mississippi River. Veterans Memorial Park & Campground: Hwy. 16 one mile west of West Salem. 608-785-9770.

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Bike Trails From rugged country and city trails to smooth bike trails, the Coulee Region has many opportunities for biking. Hixon Forest, the “Rabbit Trails” and numerous regional bike trails appeal to all outdoor enthusiasts. Take in the best scenery in the Midwest, especially during fall colors. Human Powered Trails: Human Powered Trails are located on top of scenic Grandad Bluff on 130 acres of land. To get there, take Main Street east to Bliss Road, to County Road FA — watch for the big white weather ball. There are more than 11 miles of trails, including the TNT connector trail to the Hixon Forest trailhead. These trails are and built by Human Powered Trails volunteers and provide the perfect resource for riders, runners and hikers. Beginners can ride on wide open, grassy trails on moderate slopes. Riders with more skill are chalenged with narrow and hillier trails www.humanpoweredtrails.org.

Explore More. See More. Join us for a “country road” riverboat cruise into the scenic and wild backwaters of the Mississippi River. La Crosse’s only specially designed “backwater” riverboat!

La Crosse River State Trail: Passes through La Crosse, Sparta, Rockland, Bangor and West Salem. 608-269-4123.

Our 2-hour expeditions offer explorers of all ages an in-depth exploration of the Mississippi River’s ecosystem, navigation, and history.

Great River State Trail: Passes through Onalaska and Trempealeau. 608-781-9570. Sparta-Elroy State Trail: Passes through Elroy, Kendall, Wilton, Norwalk, Ontario and Sparta. 608-463-7109. 400 Wisconsin State Trail: Passes through Reedsburg, La Valle, Wonewoc, Hillsboro, Union Center and Elroy. 608-337-4775. Omaha Trail: Passes through Elroy, Hustler and Camp Douglas. 608-847-9389.

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Boating The Mississippi and Black rivers offer waterskiing, jet skiing, sandbar camping, houseboating and sailboating. Dozens of beaches provide picnicking, sunbathing and camping with relaxing space for all to enjoy. La Crosse boasts many boat landings, marinas and other facilities including restaurants and stores. Rent or dock your own boat.

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Drugan’s Country Club.. ... .

SERVING GREAT FOOD SINCE 1970 Keeping with our Scandinavian heritage, our dinner menu features such rare specialties as Norwegian Salmon, Norsk Torsk, Norwegian Meatballs and homemade Lefse. Our favorites include chef-carved tenderloin tips, battered shrimp, South African rock lobster, one-pound steaks and battered cod and chicken.

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Golfers may choose from many beautiful courses to challenge any skill level.

La Crosse Municipal Boat Harbor: Located on Isle La Plume East bank on the Mississippi River. 608-782-7077. Clinton Street Bridge: Off Rose St., 53/35 South, turn left after crossing bridge onto French Island. South Bay Marina: 621 Park Plaza Drive. 608-791-3562. North Bay Marina: 127 Marina Drive, French Island on the Black River. 608-791-3561. Black’s Cove Marina: On the Black River, just south of I-90.

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Several areas along the river are designated State Natural Areas. These areas have been set aside to protect critical habitat of endangered or threatened species and to preserve significant examples of various plant and animal communities.

Veterans Memorial Park: Hwy. 16, West Salem. 608-786-4011.

Two area Wisconsin State Parks, Merrick and Perrot, offer a variety of facilities and interpretive exhibits. Many of the Mississippi River bottomlands lie within the boundaries of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The refuge, which encompasses 200,000 acres of wooded islands and backwaters, begins at the mouth of the Chippewa River and extends 261 miles downriver. The refuge is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect and preserve habitat needed by migratory birds, fish and other wildlife. So, as you can imagine, there is some great fishing in the La Crosse Area. The Mississippi River and its backwaters, the Black River, the La Crosse River and Lake Onalaska offer hundreds of species of fish native to the area. Some of the best fishing is at pools 8 and 9, near La Crosse. For information, call 800-658-9424.

Canoeing

Golf

Recreational paddlers enjoy the Black and La Crosse rivers, Coon Creek and the backwaters of the Mississippi for relaxing afternoons. Many canoe rental outlets and services are available. For information, call 800-658-9424.

More than a dozen area golf courses offer both beautiful and challenging geography rarely seen. Public country clubs and courses nestled against wooded bluffs will provide a peaceful, scenic backdrop. Courses range from nine to 18 holes.

Fishing

Hunting

Are they biting? You bet! That’s why La Crosse was named a top 20 North American fishing spot by Field & Stream magazine. Anglers fish the Mississippi and its bountiful backwaters year-round for such

This area features some of the most plentiful hunting habitats in the Midwest with whitetailed deer, turkey, waterfowl and small game available. There are more than 20,000 acres of publicly accessible land.

Camping

“Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club is one of those golf courses that is a hidden gem. The scenery surrounding the course, the playability, the conditioning of the course and the people who work there all make for one of the most enjoyable golf experiences that any golfer could possibly wish for.”

popular game fish as walleye, sauger, bass, perch, crappies, sunfish and catfish. More than three million annual visits to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge are for fishing. A state fishing license is required and state laws apply.

Take a break from city life — enjoy the outdoors at four area campgrounds. Lakeside or wooded locations with varying degrees of services available and cabin rentals. Goose Island Campground: Three miles South of La Crosse on Hwy. 35. 608-788-7018. Neshonoc Lakeside Camp-Resort: N5334 Neshonoc Rd., Hwy. 16, West Salem, WI 54669. 888-783-0035. Pettibone Park Resort: On Barron Island, across the Cass Street Bridge. 800-738-8426.

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Snow Skiing

Swimming

For you Alpine skiers, Mount La Crosse offers more than 17 slopes, three chair lifts and a 516-foot vertical drop. Compete in annual downhill races and snowboarding exhibitions. If downhill is not your sport, try cross-country skiing on one of the numerous groomed trails in the Coulee Region.

Several supervised beaches and pools for your enjoyment are located throughout the La Crosse Area.

Trails in La Crosse: Goose Island Park, Hixon Forest. Trails Outside La Crosse: Drugan’s Castle Mound Golf Course, Thomas Rowe Park, Bluebird Springs Recreation Area, State Experimental Forest (Barre Mills), Perrot State Park, Mindoro Park and Norskedalen. For more information on the trails, call 800-658-9424.

Erickson Pool: S. Losey Blvd. and Chase St. Logan Pool: 1450 Avon St. Memorial Pool: Campbell Road. Black River Beach: Rose and Clinton streets. Pettibone Beach: Hwy. 14/61/16 across Cass Street Bridge.

Tennis Many free public courts available. All are first come, first serve. Bluffview Park: 28th and Jackson streets. Copeland Park: Rose and Clinton streets.

Snowmobiling

Erickson Park: 15th and Losey Blvd.

About 650 miles of groomed trails await snowmobilers in the La Crosse Area. Connections can be made to every trail in Wisconsin and north to Canada. Seven clubs welcome visitors to the trails. Maps are available at the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau office in Riverside Park. www.laxsnowmobile.com.

Hood Park: 7th and Hood streets. Myrick Park: La Crosse and Hillview streets. Red Cloud Park: St. Andrew and Oak streets. Trane Park: 15th and Chase streets. Weigent Park: 15th and Cass streets. Onalaska Community Park: Quincy and Fifth Ave., Onalaska. Park Ridge: Sixth Ave. North, Onalaska. Rowe Park: Oak Forest Drive, Onalaska. Veterans Memorial Park: Hwy.16, West Salem.

400+ sites Electric & water hook-ups Restrooms & showers Laundry Three dump stations Beach Rentals Store Game room Miniature Golf Special events & theme weekends Reservations Accepted (608) 788-7018 Three miles south of La Crosse on Hwy. 35

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Tenba Ridge Winery produces Alsatian-style wines in small batches. These big, bold wines are full of flavor and are great paired with food or just by themselves. The Winery’s wine terrace overlooks thousands of acres of woods and a horse pasture. We encourage you to bring a picnic or your own snacks. The winery does not serve food. In addition to wonderful wine, Tenba Ridge sells wine-related gifts.

Come by for a wine tasting, bring your own snacks and stay for a while on the wine terrace. Bring your friends. Have a holiday party, a birthday party or bridal shower. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 1 through Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call for an appointment to visit other days or during the off season, Jan. 1 to April 30. N27587 Joe Coulee Road, Blair, WI 54616 608-525-2413 • tenba@triwest.net www.tenbaridgewinery.com

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120+ spacious shaded sites Electric & water hook-ups Restrooms & showers Dump station Fish pond Firewood Shuffleboard On State Bike Trail (608) 786-4011 Nine miles east of La Crosse on Hwy. 16, One mile west of West Salem

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Serving the Best of Authentic New Orleans Style and American Cuisine

Visit La Crosse’s Famous National Historical Site

FREIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT The FreightHouse Restaurant is “A Must Visit when in La Crosse.” A National Historic Site, it is the area’s premier steak and seafood restaurant. Also offers daily fresh fish specials, impressive salad bar and extensive wine list.

Recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, seven years running.

The FreightHouse is known for its slow-roasted prime rib, handcuts of naturally-aged prime beef charbroiled to your order, chicken and steak teriyaki, seafood, fresh fish and plentiful vegetarian platter and salad bar. Dedicated staff. Great bar with a fireplace; some of the region’s best musicians appear every Friday and Saturday night. Truly a fun and fabulous place.

Open 7 nights a week 608-784-6211 107 Vine Street • Downtown La Crosse www.freighthouserestaurant.com

PIGGY’S RESTAURANT Piggy’s Restaurant is one of the most awarded and unique restaurants in the Seven Rivers region. Fresh seafood, housesmoked specialties and choice steaks make the menu one of a kind. Open nightly for dinner.

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The Blues Lounge with its beautiful antique back bar serves your favorite libation along with casual entrees, including BBQ favorites, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts. Live blues and jazz, Fri. and Sat. nights or enjoy a cigar in the area’s only private cigar lounge.

In the Historic Pioneer Foundry Building 608-784-4877 • 888-865-9632 501 Front Street Downtown La Crosse www.piggys.com

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RIVER JACK’S STEAK & SEAFOOD KITCHEN Overlooking the beautiful Black River where you can relax and enjoy fresh seafood, great steaks and secret creole specialties. River Jack’s Showcase and Revue Lounge features the finest entertainment and four large TVs for your enjoyment. Set your course for great food and fun!

River Jack’s • Great view situated on the shores of the Black River

• Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner • Fabulous seafood and steaks • Private dining areas available • Outdor patio with bar and grill • Lounge with live entertainment • Come by boat or car — boat docks available

We Always Take Reservations!!

(608) 781-7070 1835 Rose Street • La Crosse, WI 54603 (Located in Best Western Midway Hotel)

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RUDY’S DRIVE-IN How do I love Rudy's Drive-In? Let me count the ways. The smooth, full-bodied root beer, brewed in-house, comes to the car in heavy glass mugs. A triple-stack burger with cheese, lettuce and tomato dubbed the Monster, lives up to its name. The soft-serve ice cream comes in wacky flavors like green apple and bubble gum. The carhops wear roller skates, and on Tuesday nights they don poodle skirts, in honor of classic-car night and its 1950s music. Even the surroundings — long sheltering carports that still retain their original mid 1960s looks — are a blast! — Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 2004

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Rudy’s Drive-In “A must-see” as featured on Discover Wisconsin. “For lip-smacking drive-in fare, pull into Rudy’s where cheese curds (it is Wisconsin, after all) are delivered by servers roller-skating to tunes made famous by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis.” — Rand McNally Atlas 2005 “Best of the Great River Road”

Open 10am to 10pm • 7 days a week March through October (608) 782-2200 Corner of 10th & La Crosse streets La Crosse, WI

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GREAT RIVER JAZZ FEST Aug. 14-16, 2009 La Crosse Center • La Crosse WI 54601 Great jazz festival! Call our Hot Line at 608-791-1190 Or visit us online at: www.lacrossejazz.com

river view restaurant & bar

Open 7 days a week

111 Front St. South La Crosse, WI 54601 608-793-5018

Serving www.threeriverslodge.com breakfast, lunch and dinner Located in the

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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites and Ebeneezer’s are located in downtown La Crosse across from the La Crosse Center, one block east of the Mississippi River.

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F E S T I VA L S Festivals are a big deal in La Crosse. And if you doubt that statement then perhaps you’ll be surprised to learn that a crowd estimated at 150,000 gathers each year along a three-mile route to watch the Maple Leaf Parade, signature event of La Crosse’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. La Crosse’s first Oktoberfest was held in 1961, and that traditional Old World folk festival has continued ever since, emphasizing polka bands and a variety of other musicians and entertainers. The 2009 Oktoberfest, with all of its pageantry, royalty, parades, brews and bratwurst, will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 3. That hours-long Maple Leaf Parade will be Saturday, Sept. 26. Riverfest, La Crosse’s other major family-oriented celebration, will be July 1-5. It will provide five days of nearly continuous entertainment on five stages, along with activities for children, unique food, water skiers, arts

January 2009 1-30

Exhibit: Tim Kobs — fantasy landscapes and portraits — Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

2-4

Sport & Military Gun Show — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

11

Bridal Expo — La Crosse Center. 789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

14-15 Midwest Farm Show — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com 17

WWE RAW Live! — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com. $16.50,$23.50,$31.50,$41.50

18

Z-93 Wedding World — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

23-24

Johnsmith with Dan Sebranek concert — Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org.

23-25

Shades of Blue Tattoo Show — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

25

Mardi Gras Celebration — La Crosse Center. 608-782-3169. www.lacrossemardigras.com.

26-2/1 Winter Rec Fest — Medallion hunt, skate party and show, ski/hike, fireworks, broomball, softball, sheepshead, volleyball, hockey, snow sculpture, rock & roll party and much more! cityoflacrosse.org. 608-789-7533. 27

Russian American Kids Circus On Stage — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $16/$14/$12.

28

Bobby McFerin concert — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $42/$40/$35.

30-2/1 Godspell — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N. 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. 31 31

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Great Tri-State Rail Sale — La Crosse Center. 608-582-4761. www.4000foundation.com.

February 2009 2-27

Exhibit: Becki Viner — sculpture, watercolor, photography — Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

5-8

Godspell — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N. 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

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Tribute to Frank Sinatra — 7:30 p.m. Heider Center, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220. ext 4.

6

Don Harvey concert — Acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org.

Guys on Ice — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $30/$28/$23. Toby Keith Concert — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

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La Crosse Symphony Orchestra “Coming Home” — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-783-2121. www.lacrossesymphony.org.

7

Wisconsin State Pom & Cheer Competition — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

8

Lord of the Dance — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

12

Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade concert — Ragtime to blues to country to swing. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org.

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and crafts, and a spectacular fireworks extravaganza. The whole event is conducted in Riverside Park, with the mighty Mississippi as a backdrop. The park also is the scene of Rotary Lights, which features more than 2.4 million lights illuminating the night from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. The display, created by nearly 2,700 volunteers from 86 nonprofit organizations, features a 140-foot-tall Christmas tree. Believed to be the largest free holiday lighting display in the Midwest, the park also contains a fire-breathing dragon, live reindeer, musical entertainment, live nativity presentations on weekends, and 24 animated light displays. The lights sparkle from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. daily, with three exceptions: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; and 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. La Crosse also is home to a variety of other festivals and events, and a complete schedule is available at www.explorelacrosse.com.

12-15

Boat, Sport and Travel Show — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

12-15

Godspell — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N. 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org

13

Randy Peterson, Children’s Musician — Sing along, clap along, laugh along event. 7 p.m. Heider Center, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

19

Pump House Reading Series featuring William Waltz — Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org.

20-22

Hansel and Gretel — fairytale opera. Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $17/$16/$13.

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Family Fun Fest — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

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George Carden Circus — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

20-22

Custom Auto Show — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

15

Science & Math Expo — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

26

The Piano Men — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $29/$27/$22.

20-22

Model Train Show — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

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Craft Show at Logan High School — 9 a.m.4 p.m., 1500 Ranger Drive. 608-789-7700. Free admission.

The Legend in Black — A re-enactment of the legendary show that was performed by Johnny and June Carter-Cash. 7:30 p.m. Heider Center, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

17-18

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The Boys of the Lough (Celtic traditional music) — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $35/$33/$28.

Wisconsin Rumble — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

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Startin’ Somethin’ – Viterbo University’s Platinum Edition Show Choir presentation. Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $15/$13/$11.

23

World’s Largest Office Party — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

27-3/1 Little Women: The Musical — UW-La Crosse Toland Theatre. 608-785-6701. www.uwlax.edu. 28

Lou & Peter Berryman concert — Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org.

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Pump House Reading Series featuring Anna Meek — Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org.

2

Chamber of Commerce Banquet — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

26-27

Exhibit: Deidre Wehrs photography — Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre Co. & UW-L Theatre Arts — UW-La Crosse Toland Theatre. 608-785-6701. www.uwlax.edu.

24-25

2-31

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra “Farewell Concert” — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-783-2121. www.lacrossesymphony.org.

26-29

La Crosse Tribune Career Fest — La Crosse Center. 608-782-9710. www.lacrossetribune.com.

Much Ado About Nothing — Viterbo University Black Box Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac $10.

5-8

Little Women: The Musical — UW-La Crosse Toland Theatre. 608-785-6701. www.uwlax.edu.

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

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The Balkan Women — UW-La Crosse Toland Theatre. 608-785-6701. www.uwlax.edu.

6-7

Monster Trucks — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

La Crosse Area Home & Builders Show — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

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La Crosse Symphony Orchestra “And the Winner is…” — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-783-2121. www.lacrossesymphony.org.

Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival — 2-6 p.m., South Oktoberfest Grounds. 800-658-9424.

30-5/3

Much Ado About Nothing — Viterbo University Black Box Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $10.

30-5/3

The Balkan Women — UW-La Crosse Toland Theatre. 608-785-6701. www.uwlax.edu.

6-8

Stansfield Singles Pool Tournament — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

7

Sweet Sweet Spring — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, Coon Valley. Bring the family and join our celebration of the arrival of spring. The day is filled with a wide range of indoor and outdoor demonstrations and activities by the Driftless Folk School including maple syrup making. Come hungry and add a gourmet organic pancake breakfast! $5/adults, $2/children, $12/family. 608-452-3424. www.norskedalen.org.

28

Stellaluna — Viterbo University Main Theatre 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $11/$9/$7.

28

Prairie Smoke concert — American Folk and Celtic traditions of Scottish and Irish aires, jigs and reels. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org.

April 2009 1-5/2

Exhibit: K-12 Honors Show — Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

2-5

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N. 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

May 2009 2

Gilligan’s Island — the musical — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $34/$32/$27.

2-4

La Crosse Fitness Festival — www.lacrossefitnessfestival.com.

3-16

Exhibit: High School Senior Art — Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

10

African Children’s Choir — Viterbo University Main Theatre 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $33/$31/$26.

3

Dallas Brass concert — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $38/$36/$31.

5

10

Spring String Festival — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

3

12

Barrage — A high-octane fiddle-fest that features an international cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. 7:30 p.m. Heider Center,405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

James and the Giant Peach — Discover how a little magic can take you a long way in this enchanting musical. 7 p.m. Heider Center, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4.

Don Quixote by the Moscow Festival Ballet — Viterbo University Main Theatre. 608-796-3100. www.viterbo.edu/fac. $39/$37/$32.

7

Slim Goodbody — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

3

Clay Riness concert — Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org.

8-10

The Producers — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

13-15

Greater La Crosse Golf Show — La Crosse Center. 608-782-2250. www.lacrossesportscommission.com.

3-5

Stansfield Team Pool Tournament — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

14-17

The Producers — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N. 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

18

Hairspray (the Broadway show) — 7:30 p.m., La Crosse Center. $51, $41, $31. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

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15

Tracy Grammer concert — Folk music. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. 608-785-1434. www.thepumphouse.org

20-22

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N. 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

Click, Clack Moo (a children’s show) — 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. UW-La Crosse Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall on State Street. 608-785-6701. www.uwlax.edu.

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9

Harlem Globetrotters — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com. $19.50, $25.50,$43.50,$70.50

Riverside Family Fun Fair — Celebrating National Tourism Week — Noon-4pm, Riverside Park. Food, games, exhibits. 782-2366.

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17-6/9 Exhibit: School District Staff Art Show — Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E. Hamlin, West Salem. 608-786-1220 ext 4. 21-24

21-24

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The Producers — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. Sunfish Days — Onalaska Omni Center. 608-781-9570. www.onalaskasunfishdays.com. Rides, softball tournament, music, food, pony rides, petting zoo, parade, craft fair. Button required for admittance. Riverfront 100 Trap Shoot — at Gunslick in Holmen. 608-784-9450. www.riverfrontinc.org.

June 2009 5-6

WIAA State Track Meet — UW-L. www.wiaawi.org.

5-7

June Dairy Days — West Salem Village Park. www.westsalemwi.com. Rides, food, entertainment, fireworks and fun!

FIRST ANNUAL LA CROSSE FITNESS FESTIVAL This two-day celebration gives area residents and visitors from across the country an opportunity to enjoy active, aerobic outdoor events amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of the Mississippi River Valley. The wide range of activities — from a full marathon to a 5kilometer walk — offers challenges to both experienced and novice athletes of all ages and fitness levels. Race registration at www.lacrossefitnessfestival.com

OKTOBERFEST U.S.A. The fall festival delivering family fun! With the best of family activities, from the Grande Maple Leaf Parade on Saturday, Sept. 26 to Heritage Night on Wednesday. Thursday starts the second weekend with the fantastic illuminated Torchlight Parade. You’ll find carnival rides, ethnic foods, authentic German entertainment, national entertainers as well as local and regional country, pop, rock and children’s acts. Rated in the top 10 Oktoberfests by USA Today in September 2000. Featured in Sept./Oct. 2005 edition of Midwest Living. 30

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Butterfest Celebration — Sparta, WI. 800-354-2453. www.spartabutterfest.com. Carnival, live entertainment, quilt show, classic car show, parade on Sunday.

14

Got Energy YMCA Triathlon — www.laxymca.org.

17

Riverfest Commodore Banquet — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

25-28

Masquerade — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N. 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

18-21

Masquerade — La Crosse Community Theatre, 118 N. 5th Ave. 608-784-9292. www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

25-28

Stars of Tomorrow Baseball — www.starsbaseball.com.

19-21

Upper Mississippi Real Outdoor Expo — Onalaska Omni Center, 608-782-2250.

20-21

Deke Slayton Airfest — La Crosse Municipal Airport. www.airfest.com.

20-21

Norskedalen’s Midsummer Fest — 608-452-3424. www.norskedalen.org. Scandinavian-style celebration with fun, food and festivities for the whole family. Friday bonfire, food and music 5-10 p.m, Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-

5 p.m. the grounds are filled with old-time demonstrations, Norwegian arts and crafts, wagon rides, children’s activities and delicious food. Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI. $5/adults $2/children $12/family.

July 2009 1-5

Riverfest — Riverside Park. 608-782-6000. www.riverfestlacrosse.com. River activities including River City Water Ski Shows, top name entertainment and continuous events. Fireworks, food, beverages, crafts and music.

10-12

Stars of Tomorrow Baseball — www.starsbaseball.com.

May 2 & 3, 2009 La Crosse Marathon St. Clare Health Mission Half Marathon Three Rivers 5K Run and 5K Walk lacrossefitnessfestival.com

Join us for our 49th Oktoberfest September 25-October 3, 2009 La Crosse, Wisconsin The Midwest’s Largest German Fall Festival La Crosse Festivals, Inc. #1 Oktoberfest Strasse • P.O. Box 1716 La Crosse, WI 54602-1716 (608) 784-FEST (3378) Fax (608) 782-2098

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Bluegrass & Gospel Music Festival — Viroqua, WI. 608-637-3820. www.viroquabluegrass.com. La Crosse Interstate Fair — Hwy. 16, West Salem. 608-788-5506. Family fun. 4-H exhibits, music, food, auto races, carnival rides. Free admission and parking. Midwest Motorcycle Rally — www.midwestmotorcyclerally.com. Rail Fair — Copeland Park. 608-582-4761. www.4000foundation.com.Railroad show, flea market, swap meet, tours. Coach Z Basketball Camp — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com. Stars of Tomorrow Baseball — www.starsbaseball.com. AAUW Art Fair on the Green — UW-La Crosse Campus, 15th and Pine streets. 608-788-7439. pstaupe@centurytel.net. Artists from all over the country display their works at UW-L. Displays on batik, metalwork, paintings, glass, drawings, fiber works, jewelry and photography. Sat. 10 a.m-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

RIVERFEST Riverfest 2009 welcomes you and your family. Opening Wednesday, July 1 and running through Sunday, July 5 at Riverside Park on the Mississippi River. A family festival offering continuous entertainment, children’s activities, great food and the La Crosse Jaycees fireworks. Join us for this 6-day celebration over the 4th of July.

ROTARY LIGHTS More than 2.4 million lights illuminate La Crosse’s Riverside Park. Among the splendor is a 140-foot Christmas tree, and animated light displays fill the park. “A Million Mississippi Reflections” is musical entertainment on selected evenings and live nativity presentation on the four weekends before Christmas. Don’t forget Santa is here with live reindeer ‘til Christmas Eve! www.rotarylights.org www.explorelacrosse.com

26-8/2 Great River Rumble — Kayak and canoe trip. www.greatriverrumble.org.

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Great River Relay — Race to the Twin Cities. www.ragnarrelay.com.

31-8/1 Prairie Dog Blues Fest — Prairie du Chien, WI. www.prairiedogblues.com. 608-326-0085.

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Norskedalen’s Skumsrud Heritage Farm Ice Cream Social — 608-452-3424. www.norskedalen.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission for the day to our open-air museum. Stroll the grounds and visit with families who lived in the various log homes, play lawn games, enjoy a live auction of antiques and other items. Chicken Q lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Half mile west of Coon Valley, WI.

August 2009 1-2

Coulee Kennel Club Dog Show — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

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Irishfest — Southside Oktoberfest grounds. www.irishfestlax.org. Entertainers and Irish dance shows, a Wee Folks area, tea garden, cultural tent, market and food vendors.

14-15

CenturyTel’s Sand on the Riverfront — Sand sculpting competition and family festival on the banks of the Mississippi River. 608-784-9450. www.riverfrontinc.org.

14-16

Great River Jazz Fest — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossejazz.com. Enjoy high level music and fun and all weekend.

September 2009 9-13

SportMax Clothing Sale — La Crosse Center, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

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Norskedalen’s Twilight Tour — 608-452-3424. www.norskedalen.org.

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Story Fest — at Myrick Park. Storytelling, workshops, folk music, food, local artists’ work and nationally recognized storytellers. www.lacrossestoryfest.com. 608-797-2807.

Celebrate the “4th” at Riverfest in La Crosse Wednesday, July 1 through Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Riverside Park on the Mississippi Riverfest, Inc. P.O. Box 1745 • La Crosse, WI 54601 (608) 782-6000 • Fax (608) 784-1580 www.riverfestlacrosse.com

A Million Mississippi Reflections Opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve

At Riverside Park • La Crosse Open Daily 5-10 pm Admission is Free… Donations of cash and/or can goods are requested.. Donations are distributed to local charities. For more information call (608) 784-9993 or 1-800-658-9424 or write to: P.O. Box 215, LaCrosse, WI 54602-0215 La Crosse 2009

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Elvis Explosion — at the La Crosse Center. 608-785-7464. www.eenonline.com.

October 2009

November 2009

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La Crosse Tribune Career Fest — La Crosse Center. 608-782-9710. www.lacrossetribune.com.

10-11

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Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner — La Crosse Center. To volunteer: 608-782-4483 (after 15). For delivery: 608-782-1411.

19-22

Holiday Fair Craft Show — La Crosse Center. 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com.

25-10/3 Oktoberfest — 608-784-3378. www.oktoberfestusa.com. The best family activities offered including the Maple Leaf Parade. Carnival rides, ethnic foods, authentic German entertainment, national entertainers as well as local and regional country, pop, blues and rock groups and children’s acts. 26

Norskedalen’s Threshing Bee — 608-452-3424. www.norskedalen.org. 10 a.m.5 p.m. Threshing Bee in an authentic pioneer setting complete with a wide variety of demonstrations of farm and home skills. Children’s activities, horse drawn wagon rides and other animals on the farm, and don’t forget to make reservations for the mouth-watering, rib-sticking threshing dinner. 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI. $5/adults $2/children $12/family.

Norskedalen’s Civil War Heritage Weekend — 608-452-3424. www.norskedalen.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience life during the Civil War as Company B 2nd Wisconsin Civil War Re-Enactors and other units bring history alive. Stroll the grounds and see the daily life of the soldiers and the families. At 1 p.m. watch the battle unfold. 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI. $5/adults $2/children $12/family.

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Craft Show at Logan High School — 1500 Ranger Drive. 608-789-7700.

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Norskedalen Ghoulees in the Coulees — 608-452-3424. www.norskedalen.org. Reservations REQUIRED. Unforgettable haunted hike through the woods.

27-12/31 Rotary Lights — More than 2 million lights illuminate Riverside Park. www.rotarylights.org.

December 2009 5-6

Norskedalen’s Old-Fashioned Christmas — 608-452-3424. www.norskedalen.org. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Timeless sounds, smells and traditions of old. Activities and delicious holiday treats throughout the beautifully decorated buildings and grounds. $5/adults $2/children $12/family. 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI.

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Skyrockers New Year’s Eve Fireworks — from Grandad Bluff, 6 p.m. and midnight. www.skyrockers.org.

Friday, August 14 Saturday, August 15

SAND ON THE RIVERFRONT

Riverside Park • La Crosse

Sand sculpting competition and family festival on the Mississippi River. Watch amazing works of art take shape from each pile of sand ... then vote for your favorite! Festival includes entertainment, music, games for kids, food and family fun.

608-784-9450 • 800-949-7380 www.riverfrontinc.org

UPPER MISSISSIPPI REAL OUTDOOR EXPO A hands-on experience for people who like to hunt, fish, kayak, rock climb, camp, mountain bike and so much more. The outdoors can be enjoyed by people of all abilities — find out how.

Raising funds to support and empower people with disabilities

Upper Mississippi Real Outdoor Expo June 19, 20 & 21, 2009 Omni Center • Onalaska www.realoutdoorexpo.com

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Attractions Amish Tours of Harmony . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-752-6474 Cave of The Mounds and National Natural Landmark . . . . .608-437-3038 Discover buried treasure, discover fun. Open year round. Guided tours daily on paved lighted walkways. New Gemstone Mine & Fossil Dig. Just one hour southeast of La Crosse. www.caveofthemounds.com. Children’s Museum of La Crosse . . . . . . .608-784-2652 Down a Country Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-654-5318 Elmers Auto & Toy Museum . . . . . . . . . .608-687-7221 House on the Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-935-3639 Island Girl Yacht Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-791-3525 Isle of Capri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-496-8238 Julia Belle Swain Steamboat . . . . . . . . . .608-784-4882 La Crosse Queen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-8523 Leidel’s Apples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-895-2403 Little Falls Railroad & Doll Museum . . . .608-272-3266 Mississippi Explorer Cruises . . . . . . . .877-647-7397 Take a different kind of cruise and explore the backwater areas of the Mississippi River! Carry-on food and drinks are welcome, cameras and binoculars recommended. Call for ticket information. Niagara Cave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-837-6606 Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-452-3424 Old Country Cheese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-654-5411 Pickwick Mill, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-452-9658 Pleasoning Gourmet Seasonings . . . . . . .608-787-1030 Riverside Amusements, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . .608-781-7529 Rotary Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9993 Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe . . . . . .608-782-5440 Tenba Ridge Winery, LLC . . . . . . . . . .608-525-2413 Tenba Ridge Winery produces Alsatian-style wines in small batches. Come by for a wine tasting, bring your own snacks and stay for a while on the wine terrace. Bring your friends. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 1 through Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for an appointment to visit other days or during the off season, Jan. 1 to April 30. N27587 Joe Coulee Road, Blair, WI 54616 Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Museum & Gift Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-378-4878

Business/Services A-1 Glass Company, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-8181 A Absolute Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-6350 Advanced Business Systems . . . . . . . . . .608-781-5440 Apartment ConNeXTion Rental Guide . .608-785-7368 Aramark Uniform Services, Inc. . . . . . . . .608-781-2700 Associated Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-796-4200 AVS Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-787-1010 Band Box Cleaners and Laundry, Inc. . . .608-372-5642 Bernie Buchner Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9000 Brown & Brown Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-7676 CenturyTel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-796-7200 Charter Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-8274 Citizens State Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-2265 www.explorelacrosse.com

Pearl Street in Historic Downtown La Crosse Clason Pontiac Buick GMC Inc. . . . . . . . .608-788-7246 Cleary Management Corporation . . . . . .608-783-7500 Collins Outdoor Advertising . . . . . . . . . .608-784-8200 Community Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-779-2400 Computer Sign Engraving . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788 3547 Coulee Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9550 Crescent Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-1050 Culligan Water Conditioning of La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-2500 Curtis Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-2684 Dairyland Power Cooperative . . . . . . . . .608-787-1247 Davy Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-3130 Edwards Investments (Mini-Storage) . . . .608-785-1770 Engelhart Printing & Digital Services . . .608-788-1445 Geebo, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-301-0270 Gerhards First Supply Showroom . . . . . .608-791-3685 Gerrard-Hoeschler Realtors . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-2300 Hawkins, Ash & Baptie . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-7737 Heaven’s Hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-895-5000 Hellman Distributors Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-4070 Identity Works Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-786-3700 Inland Label & Marketing Service . . . . . .608-788-5800 J.T. Graphics, Inc., J.T. Advertising . . . . .608-781-8525 Johns, Flaherty & Collins, S.C. . . . . . . . .608-784-5678 Kwik Trip Stores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-8988 La Crosse Beverage, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-2400 La Crosse Daycare Centers, Inc. . . . . . . .608-783-3601 La Crosse Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-2500 La Crosse Sign Company . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-1450 Logistics Health, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-0404 M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-1511 Main Street Title, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-2848 Merchants Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-779-8200 Meridian Marketing Services . . . . . . . . . .608-784-2110

Mick O’Grady CRS/GRI, RE/MAX First . .608-781-7610 Midwest Coca-Cola of La Crosse . . . . . .608-784-3139 Noelke Distributors, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-0984 North Bay/South Bay Marina . . . . . . . . . .608-791-3561 Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of La Crosse . . .608-785-0450 Pischke Motors of La Crosse . . . . . . . . . .608-791-3000 Plesha Photo Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-1150 Poellinger Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-1234 Reinhart Companies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-4999 River Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-6300 River City Community Credit Union . . . .608-782-5050 Ron Hammes Refrigeration Inc. . . . . . . . .608-788-3110 S&S Cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-627-0284 S & S Distributing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-269-5071 Schomburg Refrigeration Co., Inc. . . . . .608-781-6614 Signature Chiropractic & Massage Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-7778 Sir Speedy Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-6440 Sleeping Giant Studios, Llc . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-9977 Stansfield Vending . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-7181 State Bank Financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-4600 Steve Low’s Midwest Toyota . . . . . . . . . .608-793-7000 Stuber Law Office, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-6155 Supreme Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-1733 Terry Tobin Graphic Design Studio . . . . .608-269-1682 The Big Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-3333 Tom’s Tent Rentals, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-6607 Trane Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-787-2000 Tri State Business Machines . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-2100 US Bank La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-791-7201 Vendi Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-5020 Viking DJ/Game Show/Party Store . . . . .888-262-7357 W&C Printing Company, Inc . . . . . . . . . .507-452-2658 Wachovia Securities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-2200 La Crosse 2009

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Uniquely located on three scenic byways — Apple Blossom Drive, Great River Road, Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway — La Crescent is the gateway to Southeastern Minnesota’s scenic beauty

Chamber of Commerce • 109 S. Walnut Street, Suite B, 507-895-2800 or 800-926-9480 • www.lacrescentmn.com

Bauer’s Garden Center MARKET

Hwy. 14 & 61, La Crescent, MN 55947

A landmark in La Crescent! Known for quality plant material and the largest selection of fresh local apples in the area from mid-July to mid-March. Local seasonal honey, jams, jellies and giftware. Colorful selection of hanging baskets, annuals and perennials in spring and summer. Don’t forget the best caramel apples around! Buses welcome.

507-895-4583• Fax 507-895-4620 www.bauersmarketplace.com • Open Daily Year Round

Start your Day at ...

American Legion Club La Crescent, MN 55947

Charitable gambling Pulltabs daily, Bingo Monday Nights (A-00170) Daily Breakfast 6:30am, Lunch 11-2, Dinner 4-8:30, Fri. Dinner 4-9, 1st Tues. Taco Night, 2nd Thur. Burger Night, 3rd Sat. Steak Fry, Sun. 8-12 Breakfast Buffet, Broaster Chicken available every day

(507) 895-4595

Ready Bus Line

In the passenger transportation business for more than 50 years, we have the experience, resources and systems to ensure the success of your group. We also have all types of handicap-accessible equipment, including wheelchair-accessible motorcoaches. Please visit our Web site at www.readybusline.travel.com for additional information. Call us at 800-345-9234 or 507-895-2349.

• Pastries • Espresso Bar • Homemade Soup • Pizza 301 Kistler Drive LaCrescent, MN

507-895-3262 Tue.–Sun. 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Closed Mon.

412 S. 3rd St. • LaCrescent, MN • 507-895-2518

The Orchard Gift Shop • Gift Baskets • Pumpkins

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Open from Aug. Apple Varieties to Dec. Call to order: 507-643-6255 or visit www.southwindorchards.com

Apple Festival Community celebration of the apple harvest Carnival, Entertainment, Golf Tournament, Arts & Crafts Fair, Car Show, Flea Market, Apple Pies, Great Live Music in the King Apple Tent, Pancake Breakfast King Apple Grande Parade Join us for the fun this year!

September 17-20, 2009

LA CRESCENT 2009 EVENTS Rotary/Lions Super Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jan. 24 Chamber Annual Meeting & Auction . . . . . . . . .Feb. 14 Lion’s Fish Boil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .March 14 District 300 Pot of Gold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .March 20 Chamber Expo & Chili Cook-Off . . . . . . . . . . .March 28 Neighbors Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .April 18 Apple Blossom Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .May Slice of Life 5k Run/Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 27

Chamber Golf Outing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 23 Krazee Daze & Community — Wide Rummage Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 5 La Crescent Apple Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 17-20 Chamber Car Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sept. 19 Arts & Crafts Fair & Flea Market . . . . . . . . .Sept. 19-20 Leaves turn shades of red, orange and yellow . . . . . . . . . . .Early October Chamber Dinner at the Depot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 3

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BUSINESSES AND SERVICES W.E.C. Inc./Image World . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-8585 Wells Fargo Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-7000 Wisconsin Insurance Center . . . . . . . . . .608-781-6733 Xcel Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-789-3673 Zeman Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . .906-221-1955

Church Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman . .608-782-0322 Vang Lutheran Church (ELCA) . . . . . . . . .608-787-5882

Dining Alpine Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-8470 Ardie’s Lang Drive Restaurant . . . . . . . . .608-784-2242 Buzzard Billy’s Flying Carp . . . . . . . . . . . .608-796-2277 Carlos O’ Kelly’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-1782 Ciatti’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-8686 Coney Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-6314 Courtesy Corp./Mc Donald’s . . . . . . . . . .608-781-8080 Culina Mariana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-8400 Culvers Family Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . .608-787-5050 Culvers of Onalaska . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-6777 Diggers Sting, The Sting, Inc. . . . . . . . . .608-782-3796 Domino’s Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-3345 Fayze’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9548 Freight House Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-6211 Grizzly’s Grill & Saloon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-6630 Hackberry’s Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-5798 Hardee’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-1082 Hooters of La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-9464 Huck Finn’s on the Water . . . . . . . . . . . .608-791-3595 Hunan Chinese Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-7878 Hungry Peddler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-1895 Kate’s on State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-3354 King Street Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608784-9660 La Crosse Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-5837 La Crosse Family Restaurant . . . . . . . . . .608-519-1450 Lindy’s Subs of La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-7200 Manny’s Mexican Cocina . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-5601 North Country Steak Buffet . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-3464 Old Country Buffet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-8478 Olive Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-0090 Orange Julius/Dairy Queen . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-3080 Outback Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-4329 Panera Bread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-9801 Pickerman’s Soup & Sandwiches . . . . . . .608-782-7087 Piggy’s Restaurant & The Blues Lounge . .608-784-4877 Ringside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-9192 Rocky Rococo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-792-3427 Rudy’s Drive-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-2200 Schmidty’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-5110 Seven Bridges Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-6103 Sloopy’s Alma Mater/Bertry Ent. . . . . . . .608-785-0245 Subway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-2774 Sullivan’s Supper Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-534-7775 T.G.I. Friday’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-779-1545 The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern . . . .608-782-5400 The Wine Guyz, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-9463 Train Station BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-0005 Trempealeau Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-534-6898

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Education UW-La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-8888 Viterbo University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-796-3737 Western Technical College . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-9262

Entertainment La Crosse Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-789-7400 La Crosse Community Theater . . . . . . . .608-784-9292 La Crosse Symphony Orchestra . . . . . . . .608-783-2121 Marcus Theatres of La Crosse . . . . . . . . .608-788-1212 Marie W. Heider Center For The Arts . . .608-786-1220 Omni Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-9566 Pump House Regional Arts Center . . . . .608-785-1434 River City Waterski Club . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-9644

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Festivals Deke Slayton Airfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-779-9994 Irishfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-8153 La Crosse Area Jazz Society/ Great River Jazz Fest . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-791-1190 Oktoberfest USA/La Crosse Festivals . . .608-784-3378 Prairie Dog Blues Festival . . . . . . . . . . . .608-326-0085 Riverfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-6000 Rotary Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9993 Sand on the Riverfront . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9450

Food/Coffee Grounded Specialty Coffee . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-5282 HGS Catering Inc./Baus Catering . . . . . .608-788-5500 Quillins Food Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-1424 Parties ‘R Us Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-323-3611 People’s Food Cooperative, Inc. . . . . . . .608-784-5798 Woodmans Food Market . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-2233

Free Nights or Airline Miles... Your Choice! • Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access • Well appointed guest rooms • Deluxe continental breakfast • Indoor pool and spas • One room suites • Business rooms with refrigerator and microwave

General David D. Holtze David Trapp Jim and Margaret Moe Lee Snapp

Healthcare Allergy Associates of La Crosse Ltd. . . . .608-782-2027 Chileda Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-6480 Franciscan Skemp Healthcare . . . . . . . . .608-785-0940 Gundersen Lutheran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-7300

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Whoever Said Money Couldn’t Buy Happiness Didn’t Know Where to Shop! Vera Bradley Yankee, WoodWick & Bean Pod Candles Artist Jewelry

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Vineyard Decor

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Wildlife Prints & Accessories

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Jim Shore Collection Switch Flops Gourmet Foods Jim Shore Collection Print Gallery Lodge & Nautical Decor

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Wisconsin Amish Items Stationery & Calendars Webkinz

Baymont amenities:

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• 24-hour heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool • Free high-speed wireless Internet • King hot tub suites • Two-room family suites • Free full hot breakfast • Cable TV with free HBO • Fitness center • Meeting room

Seasonal Decor

3300 Kinney Coulee Road North, Onalaska, WI 54650 Phone: 608-783-7191 or our local toll free number 877-392-7950 Or call Baymont Inn & Suites National Reservations 800-BAYMONT Visit www.baymontinns.com/lacrosse www.explorelacrosse.com

Great Prices And Much More!

Voted #1 Specialty Store 5 Blocks N of I-90 on HWY 16 9546 HWY 16, Onalaska, WI 608 783-GIFT Hours: Mon.-Fri 10:00–8:00 Saturday 10:00–6:00 Sunday 11:00–5:00

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Honorary Membership City of La Crosse Mayor, Mark Johnsrud Former Mayor, Patrick Zielke Don Gilles

Lodging

Your Luxury Summer Cottage Can Float! Enjoy your choice of a 3-day weekend, 4-day mid-week or week-long vacation. These deluxe houseboats come with 112⁄ or 2 baths, private staterooms, full kitchen with microwave, waterslides and deluxe furnishings. Enjoy the amenities like air-conditioning, TV-VCR, gas grill, stereo and more. Vacation packages from $550.

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Affordable Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-2278 Americas Best Value Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-3070 Americinn of West Salem . . . . . . . . . . . .608-786-3340 Baymont Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-7191 Bentley-Wheeler B&B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-889-8585 Best Western Midway Hotel Riverfront . .608-781-7000 Bluff View House & The Cottage . . .608-317-4311 Don’t just rent a room ... rent a house. Two unique, affordable and fully-furnished houses. Free Wi-Fi and bicycles. Centrally located. www.BluffViewHouseRental.com Brambleberry Bed & Breakfast LLC . . . . .608-525-8001 Brookstone Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-1400 Clearwater Cabins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-1716 Comfort Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-7500 Courtyard by Marriott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-1000 Cozy Corner Cottages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-3792 Days Hotel & Conference Center . . . . . .608-783-1000 Econo Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-0200 Four Gables Bed & Breakfast . . . . . . . . .608-788-7958 Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast . . . . .888-594-3822 GrandStay Residential Suites . . . . . . . . . .608-796-1615 Guest House Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-8840 Hampton Inn – Onalaska . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-779-5000 Hawks View Cottages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .866-293-0803 Holiday Inn Express-Onalaska . . . . . . . . .608-783-6555 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-4444 Howard Johnson of La Crosse . . . . . . . . .608-781-0400 Justin Trails Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-488-4521 Microtel Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-0833 Percheron Paradise Romantic Hideaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-366-1212 Prairie Inn & Suites, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-4490 Radisson Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-6680 Rainbow Ridge Farms B&B . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-8181 Roger’s Cottages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-452-3341 Safe Landing Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-457-2122 Settle Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-5100 Spring Hollow Cabin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-643-6218 Stoney Creek Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-3060 Super 8 Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-8880 The Farmer’s Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-675-3553 Welch Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-1300 Westby House Victorian Inn . . . . . . . . . . .608-634-4112 Wilson School House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-787-1982

Media La Crosse Radio Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-8335 La Crosse Tribune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-9710 La Crosse Visitor Publishing . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-3999 Midwest Family Broadcasting . . . . . . . . .608-782-1230 News Channel 8 WKBT TV . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-4678 Travelhost of Wisconsin Dells and Western Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . .608-445-4045 Verizon Superpages Information Network . . . . . . . . . . . . .877-593-2254 Winona Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-452-4000 WCOW-FM- WFBZ-FM- WKLT-AM . . . . .608-269-3100 WXOW -TV 19/WBCZ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-895-9969

Turn to the Tribune for DINING • ATTRACTIONS • LOCAL EVENTS WEATHER • AND MUCH MORE!

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Organizations Caledonia Founders Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-725-8647 Chamber of Westby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-634-4011 Coulee Region RSVP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-0500 Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-0440 La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce .608-784-4880 La Crosse Area Development (LADCO) .608-784-5488 La Crosse County Historical Society . . . .608-782-1980 La Crosse County & City Tavern League . .608-782-9069 La Crosse County UW-Extension . . . . . . .608-785-9593 McGregor/Marquette Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . .800-896-0910 Mississippi Valley Conservancy . . . . . . . .608-784-3606 North La Crosse Business Association . . .608-792-6877 Onalaska Tourism Commission . . . . . . . .608-781-9570 Prairie Du Chien Tourism Council . . . . . .608-326-8555 Riverfront, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9450 Roy L. Vingers – Legion Post #52 . . . . . .608-782-3232 Sons of Norway/ Wergeland Lodge #5-028 . . . . . . . . .608-783-2158 Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce . . . .608-269-4123 Town of Campbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-0050 Trempealeau Chamber of Commerce . . .608-534-6780

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN A short drive south of La Crosse on scenic Hwy 35

• Historic Sites • Historic Events • Hiking Boating, Fishing

• 40+ Lodging Properties • State Parks • National Monument

Recreation American Marine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-791-3505 Black River Express Canoe & Kayak Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-488-7017 Cedar Creek Country Club . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-8100 Clements Fishing Barge & Captain Hook’s Bait . . . . . . . . . . . .608-689-2800 Drugan’s Castle Mound . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-526-4144 Forest Hills Golf & Restaurant . . . . . . . . .608-784-0566 Fox Hollow Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-786-2409 Fly High Wisconsin (Helicopter Tours) . . .608-712-7796 Fun ‘n the Sun Houseboats . . . . . . . . . . .888-343-5670 Huck’s Houseboat Vacations, LLC . . . . . .800-359-3035 Human Powered Trails, Inc./Ovation . . . .608-785-0000 La Crosse Area Family YMCA . . . . . . . . .608-782-9622 La Crosse Bike Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-7233 La Crosse County Facilities Department . .608-785-9770 La Crosse Fairground Speedway . . . . . . .608-786-1525 La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club . . . . . .608-796-9553 La Crosse Pettibone Boat Club . . . . . . . .608-457-2829 Living Waters Bible Camp . . . . . . . . . . . .608-634-4373 MVP Golf Academy, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-779-9001 Mt. La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-0044 Myrick Hixon Eco Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-0303 Neshonoc Lakeside Camp-Resort . . . . . .608-786-1792 Pettibone Park Resort, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-5858 Pla-Mor Lanes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-3043 Snowflake Ski & Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . .608-634-3211 S&S Houseboat Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-728-0131 YWCA of La Crosse, YWCA of the Coulee . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-2783

www.prairieduchien.org Enter the World of Victorian America

Villa Louis

A Wisconsin Historic Site Mansion Complex, Gardens, Store & Fur Trade Museum

www.explorelacrosse.com

Sightseeing • Wildlife Tours • Lock & Dam Trips • Charters Available

Guided Tours Daily May - October

www.villalouis.org 608-326-2721

1-877-647-7397 www.mississippiexplorer.com

Group Tours Welcome

Fort Crawford Museum 608-326-6960 Open Daily May-October 717 S. Beaumont Rd., Prairie du Chien

www.fortcrawfordmuseum.com

• Quilt Shop • Candy Store • Seasonal Decor In the Heart of Downtown Prairie du Chien 608-326-4593 www.pfcrafts.com

608-326-0888 Family Fun • • • • • • •

Shopping Ace of La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-9951 Antique Center of La Crosse . . . . . . . . . .608-782-6533 Bittersweet Flower Market . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-3276 Carpet One of La Crosse LLC . . . . . . . . .608-784-9800 Cashton Mercantile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-654-5387 Chic Boutique on Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-0344 Cranberry Country Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-372-7853 Crescent Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9275 Designing Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-4499 Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts . . . . . . . . . .608-634-4414 Feminine Fancies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-3288 Finnottes Nut & Chocolate Shop . . . . . .608-782-3184 Gallery La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-4278 Features works by dozens of regional artists and artisans, blended with antiques and vintage wares. Step down in the Rustic Cellar for garden and habitat art, rustic originals and accessories, and more. Handicap accessible main level and restroom. 320 Main St. gallerylacrosse.com.

1-800-732-1673

Go-Kart Racing Bumper Cars Miniature Golf Arcade Fun Batting Cages Refreshments Driving Range

La Pointe St., Prairie du Chien

www.prairiefunland.com

Summer Hrs 10 am-10 pm

Fine Dining Restaurant familiar to the area for over 70 years!

Jones’

Black Anqus 608-326-2222

Flame Broiled Steaks & Seafood Open 7 Days a Week

Hwy 18 S. Prairie du Chien

THE

CANNERY

OPEN DAILY 9-5 • 608-326-6518 30,000 sq. ft. of Primitives, Crafts & Unique Gifts 300 N. Marquette Rd., Prairie du Chien

• Casino • Specialty Shops • Variety of Dining • Family Fun for all ages

Over 150 events throughout the year! Request your 64 page visitor’s guide today! Prairie du Chien Chamber/Tourism Council La Crosse 2009

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BUSINESSES AND SERVICES Great Big Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-796-0265 Jackson Plaza Shopping Center . . . . . . .608-386-4537 La Crosse Area Harley Davidson . . . . . . .608-783-6112 La Crosse Area Quilters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-790-7709 La Crosse Clock Company . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-8200 La Crosse Floral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-7500 Leithold Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-7555 Main Street Framing & Crosse Stitchery . .608-782-7008 Monsoor’s Sport Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-0482 Nelson Flag & Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-2990 Satori Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-2779 Scott Joseph Menswear . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-1314 Stamp ‘N Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-1234 The Company Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-6646 The Second Showing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-1220 Three Rivers Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-793-1470 TJ’s-Cheddarheads Gift Gallery . . . . . . . .608-784-8899 Treehouse Gift And Home . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-4438 Valley View Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-4700 Village Shopping Center . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-7555 Westby Cooperative Creamery . . . . . . . .608-634-3181 Wettstein’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-6868

Travel & Transportation Avis – Midwestern Wheels, Inc. . . . . . . . .608-783-2175 Carlson Wagonlit Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-9820 Colgan Air Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-8359 CTS Taxi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-784-7700 First Transit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-3880 La Crosse Municipal Airport . . . . . . . . . .608-789-7464 Lamers Bus Lines, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-8177 Ready Bus Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .507-895-2349 Top Hat, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-782-1069

When you choose La Crosse…

Choose Franciscan Skemp Healthcare…

Visit us at

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R E L O C A T I O N

God’s Country. Two words are all it takes to describe the La Crosse Area. The bluffs hold the city in their hands, while the Mississippi, Black and La Crosse rivers provide nourishment and growth to the community. You could travel the world over, and be hard pressed to find a community as beautiful as La Crosse. Being able to experience all four seasons in this natural grandeur is enough in itself. Add the “small town” feel to the advance in technology, healthcare and education and our cup overflows with opportunity. La Crosse is home to two nationally renowned healthcare systems, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare (part of the Mayo Health System) employs approximately 3,000 people, and Gundersen Lutheran Healthcare (the largest employer in the area) with approximately 5,000 employees. In addition, the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium is located here. The consortium acts as an education and training facility for students as well as allied health professionals. The consortium also provides research opportunities and assists in the technological advances in the area. There are three institutes of higher education within the city of La Crosse. UW-La Crosse (a proud part of the University of Wisconsin system), Viterbo University (a private Catholic liberal arts university) and Western Technical College (a public two-year college).

Transportation Located on French Island (Town of Campbell), the La Crosse Municipal Airport services air traffic passengers in the greater La Crosse Area. Northwest and American Airlines have daily flights out of the airport. Both of these carriers provide direct flights to and from Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee. When booking your flight, enter LSE as the airport identifier code. With a short walk to the parking lot and a friendly, hometown staff, you will enjoy your flight in and out of La Crosse. Northwest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-225-2525 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.nwa.com American Airlines . . . . . . . . . . . .800-433-7300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.aa.com Private air service can be contracted through Colgan Air Service . . . . . . . . . . .608-783-8359 Car rental service available at the airport: Avis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-781-7700 Amtrak’s Empire Builder is located at 601 St. Andrew St. in La Crosse and makes two daily stops with links to the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-872-7245 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.amtrak.com

La Crosse Area Weather Average Monthly Temperatures and Precipitation TEMP F°

January February March April May June July August September October November December

15.2 21.9 33.8 47.8 60.1 69.1 73.6 71.2 62.6 50.2 35.2 21.5

PRECIP

1.21 1.00 2.00 3.38 3.38 4.00 4.25 4.28 3.40 2.15 2.06 1.23

Interstate Highway 90 runs east/west right through the area with five exits to La Crosse. Exit 1 — Wisconsin Information Center Exit 2 — Airport, Town of Campbell Exit 3 Hwy. 35 & 53S — Historic Downtown Exit 4 — Hwy 157 & 53N Exit 5 — Hwy 16 Population: Wisconsin (2007) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,648,124 La Crosse County (2008) . . . . . . . . . . . .126,838 La Crosse City (2008) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51,800 Electric: Xcel Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-895-4999 Dairyland Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-788-4000 Natural Gas: Xcel Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-895-4999 Midwest Natural Gas . . . . . . . . . .608-781-1011 Water & Sewer: City of La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-789-7536 Telephone/Cable: CenturyTel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-796-5000 Charter Communications . . . . . . .888-438-2427

Media: Newspapers: La Crosse Tribune RADIO: AM Stations: WKTY 580 WKLJ 1290 WIZM 1410 WLFN 1490 WKBH 1570 FM Stations: WLSU 88.9 WHLA 90.3 WIZM 93.3 KHTW 94.7

WQRV 95.7 WCOW 97.1 KQYB 98.3 WKBH 100.1 KQEG 102.7 WLXR 104.9 WFBZ 105.5 WQCC 106.3 TELEVISION: WXOW - (ABC) WKBT - (CBS) WEAU - (NBC) WLAX - (FOX) KQEG - (UPN)

Realtors/Rental: Apartment ConNeXTion Rental Guide . . . . . . . . . . . .608-785-7368 Gerrard-Hoeschler Realtors . . .608-782-2300 RE/MAX - Mick O’Grady . . . . .608-781-7610

Source: National Weather Service

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School District of La Crosse (www.lacrosseschools.com) The School District of La Crosse is a composite of city and rural areas contained in approximately 100 square miles. The district is approximately 15 miles long and 7 miles wide. Included within school district boundaries are the City of La Crosse and parts of the Townships of Medary, Shelby, Greenfield, Bergen, Hamburg, Washington and all of the Town of Campbell. The District

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stretches from County Trunk B in Medary to School Section Road near Stoddard. The western boundary is the Mississippi River and the eastern most point is near St. Joseph’s Ridge. The district has approximately 7,300 students served by: ■ Twelve elementary schools, including two charters ■ Four middle schools, including one charter ■ Three high schools, including an alternative, charter high school with campuses at each of the other high schools.

efficiency. We believe this cooperation of parishes, schools, families and the community gives us the foundation to be the area’s leading educational system. Coulee Catholic Schools has approximately 1,250 students served by: ■ Aquinas High School — grades 9-12 ■ Aquinas Middle School — grades 7-8 ■ Blessed Sacrament — grades 3-6 ■ Cathedral — grades 4 year old kingergarten-grade 2 ■ Mary Mother of the Church – early childhood and before/after school care ■ St. Patrick’s — grades preschool-6

Coulee Catholic Schools

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Schools (WELS)

(www.couleecatholicschools.com) Almost 150 years ago, the first Catholic school opened in the Coulee Region. Since that time, as parishes were built, so were the schools, in some cases even before the Church. From these humble beginnings, a strong unified system of quality Catholic education has grown. The Coulee Catholic Schools united in 2000 to equalize salaries, offer equal opportunities to all schools, standardize curriculum and improve operational

(www.wels.net) ■ First Lutheran School — grades preschool-8 ■ Immanuel Lutheran School — grades kindergarten-8 ■ St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran School — grades preschool-8 ■ Mount Calvary-Grace Lutheran School — grades preschool-8 ■ Luther High School — grades 9-12

Feeling sick? Gundersen Lutheran can help. Urgent Care

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Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-noon

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(608) 775-8650

(608) 775-5858 La Crosse Degen Berglund 2442 State Road Onalaska Degen Berglund 111 Sand Lake Road Holmen Holmen Square 500 N. Holmen Drive

Ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation in 2008 by HealthGrades.

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Old Traditions

New Opportunities

A family of premium rBST-free* dairy products from Wisconsin

Restaurant & Victorian Inn

Return to a Simpler Time ...

Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts 100 S. Main St. • Westby, WI 54667

to a Bed & Breakfast that Combines the Right Levels of History, Comfort and Hospitality. Restaurant Serves Lunch - Call for Hours

Private Baths

Our 33-year tradition has been to bring to you the finest selection of unique Scandinavian gifts. Your shopping experience at Dregne’s will be a revelation of Norway’s most treasured gift lines in one location.

200 W. State St., Westby, WI 1-800-434-7439 www.westbyhouse.com

You will find local artisans rosemaling and wood carvings, Norwegian Fjord Design flatware, jewelry, crystal, sweaters and skirts, Troentorp and Stegmann clogs, Henning carvings, Scandinavian books, music, videos, baking needs and a variety of food products. New — German products, including Riedel crystal stemware and Inge-Glas mercury ornaments, candle pyramids and nutcrackers.

608.634.2230 motel 608.634.2950 toll free 866.634.3466 Hwy 14/27 Westby, WI

1-877-634-4414 or 608-634-4414 www.dregnesscandinaviangifts.com

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STOP IN AND SHOP OUR RETAIL STORE! 401 South Main Street • Westby, WI 54667 1-800-492-9282 • www.westbycreamery.com * no significant difference has been shown between milk from rBST-treated or non-treated cows.

OLE & LENA Kaffe Hus

16 Flavors of Hand Dipped Ice Cream Specialty Coffees and Teas  Unique Gi fts   Luncheon Specials  Specialty Chocolates OPEN ...and More!  

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Open Daily 5am - 10pm Jacuzzi Rooms, $39 Standard Single Rates (Sun.- Th.) Get Your Amish Craft Map Here • Bakery • Rolls Cookies • Bars • Convenience Store • Bio Diesel

DAILY

Downtown Westby 104 W. State St. phone 608.634.3200

Old Towne Inn-RESTAURANT

501 N. Main, Westby

Hwys. 14 - 61 & 27, Westby Dining Daily - 5pm, Lounge Daily - 4pm Daily Specials, Lodging Next Door Closed Mondays

608-634-3991

608-634-3118

Need Cash? Use our free 24-hour drive-up ATM

Borgens CAFE

OPEN DAILY

Open May - October and Saturdays until Christmas

ph 608.634.4003

2miles East of Cashton on Hwy 33 | 608-654-5318

Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Catering and Banquet Facilities

109 S. Main St., Westby, Wisconsin

THIS PAGE CO-SPONSORED BY: • Vernon Telephone Cooperative • Westby Chamber of Commerce—

Reservations: 608-366-1212 20 minutes east of La Crosse – 10 minutes from I-90

1302 Main St., Viroqua

“Gather at Our Table”

Gift Shops 333333

n Amish Shop n Little Red Shed n Emma’s Kitchen n Memories from Amish Country n Country Corner Ice Cream Shop

Private resort on 200 secluded acres in the hills of western Wisconsin. Luxurious chalets and bungalow. Bask in beautiful surroundings. Fireplaces, whirlpools, waterfall. Indulge. Open year round. www.percheronparadise.com getaway@percheronparadise.com

608-654-7580 608-637-6200

No Surcharges!

www.downacountryroad.com

105 Randy Road, Cashton

115 S. Main St. Westby, WI

608-634-4283

www.westbywi.com

1-866-493-7829

www.greengaterealty.com www.greengaterealty.com

LOCATED 23 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LA CROSSE SYTTENDE MAI • CELEBRATING OUR NORWEGIAN HERITAGE • MAY 15, 16 & 17 2009 www.explorelacrosse.com

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La Crosse’s Only Indoor Water Park Hotel! ◆ New Water Park Features Wading Pool with Large Water Slide, Kiddie Slide and Basketball Hoops ◆ 119 Newly Renovated Guest Rooms Located on the Black River ◆ Arcade Room ◆ Whirlpool with Neck Massager ◆ Free High-Speed Internet ◆ Full Service Non-Smoking Restaurant and Lounge ◆ Outside Bar and Grill ◆ Private Beach and Boat Docks ◆ Mini-Golf and Volleyball ◆ Banquet Space up to 350 People

MIDWAY® HOTEL RIVERFRONT PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE

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LACROSSE, WI PERMIT NO. 126

1835 Rose Street • La Crosse, WI 54603 608-781-7000 • 877-688-9260 www.midwayhotels.com • sales-lacrosse@bwmidway.com


LACVB 2009 Visitors Guide