Armed Robbery Spoils Birthday
Police: SSI Recipient Caught Dealing Pot
A La Crosse guy has apparently found a way to supplement his social security. Illegal though it may be. La Crosse cops say they've busted 29 year-old Keith Atwell junior for dealing pot. Apparently they've been on to the unemployed social security recipient for a couple of months. They used some marked bills to nab Atwell, busting him in his car with the buy money on him during a traffic stop on the northside last night.
Brad's Desk 1/3/11 "I'm With The Band"
A COUPLE OF TIMES THIS WEEKEND, PEOPLE RAN INTO ME IN PUBLIC, AND THOUGHT I WAS A MEMBER OF A ROCK-AND-ROLL BAND. NOT JUST ANY BAND, BUT THE 50'S NOSTALGIA GROUP SHA NA NA. IT'S AN HONEST MISTAKE, BECAUSE I WAS HANGING OUT WITH THE BAND IN MILWAUKEE THIS WEEKEND.
THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE ONE OF MY BROTHER ERIC'S FRIENDS IS A GUITARIST NAMED GENE WHO HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF SHA NA NA FOR SEVEN YEARS. THE BAND WAS IN WISCONSIN FOR NEW YEAR'S WEEKEND TO PERFORM POP CONCERTS WITH THE MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY. SO ERIC AND I SCORED FREE TICKETS TO THE SYMPHONY'S NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT.
IT'S PROBABLY THE BEST SYMPHONY CONCERT I'VE EVER ATTENDED. EVEN BEFORE BACKING UP SHA NA NA FOR A SHOW OF 50'S FAVORITES, THEY DID IRVING BERLIN AND SHOW TUNES...OLD T-V THEME SONGS, AND 'ON WISCONSIN' IN HONOR OF THE ROSE BOWL. LEADING THE WAY WAS THE M-S-O'S POPS CONDUCTOR, MARVIN HAMLISCH. NOW, THAT GUY KNOWS HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN AUDIENCE. AND SO DOES SHA NA NA.
THREE OF THE SEVEN GUYS IN SHA NA NA HAVE BEEN WITH THE GROUP SINCE THE LATE 60'S, WHEN IT STARTED AS A SPIN-OFF OF THE GLEE CLUB AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. NO KIDDING.
ERIC AND I BROUGHT IN THE NEW YEAR AT A BREW PUB IN DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE WITH GENE AND A COUPLE OF OTHER BAND MEMBERS. BUT THERE WAS MORE ADVENTURE TO COME. THE BAND WAS PERSUADED TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT THE BIG NEW YEAR'S DAY POLAR BEAR PLUNGE ON LAKE MICHIGAN. SO ERIC AND I SPENT ABOUT THREE HOURS SATURDAY, MOSTLY IN A BIG HUMMER LIMO, WITH FIVE MEMBERS OF SHA NA NA. THE BAND PERFORMED ON THE BEACH FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES, DOING A POLAR PLUNGE VERSION OF 'SPLISH SPLASH.' HARDLY ANYBODY NOTICED. SINCE I WAS WITH THE BAND MEMBERS, A COUPLE OF PEOPLE MISTOOK ME FOR SHA NA NA VOCALIST SCREAMING SCOTT SIMON. GEE, I COULD HAVE PERFORMED WITH THE BAND ON THE BEACH, AND NOBODY WOULD HAVE KNOWN. NAAAAH...BUT MAYBE I SHOULD PRACTICE SINGING DOO-WOP, IN CASE THEY EVER NEED A QUICK REPLACEMENT.
Do You Have Gas?
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers.
Every day, 57 Americans die from lung cancer caused by Radon gas. Exposure to Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as Radon Action Month to raise awareness about Radon.
La Crosse County Health Department recommends every home be tested. Winter months are a good time for testing, because Radon is likely to be at its highest concentration. Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. Radon kits are available for $6.00 at the following locations:
La Crosse County Health Department, 300 4th St N, La Crosse
Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library, West Salem
Onalaska Public Library, Onalaska
Gundersen Clinic Pharmacies, La Crosse and Onalaska
Gunderson Lutheran Ready For New Hospital
As part of the Gundersen Lutheran Campus Renewal project, last April, the Gundersen Lutheran Boards gave full approval for the organization to break ground on a Hospital addition.
The first phase of construction on additional space for several of Gundersen Lutheran’s major patient service areas will begin early this year, according to Jerry Arndt.
The Senior VP of Business Services says the new hospital will be built in phases over the next four to eight years. Some closures of entrances has already occurred since October and there will not be an actual groundbreaking for the project.