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The La Crosse County Health Department-Public Health Nursing Division will be offering a Seasonal Flu Clinic to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; at the Festival Foods in La Crosse.
This year, medical experts are preparing for both the seasonal flu and for the H1N1 flu. A single flu vaccine protects against both seasonal and H1N1 flu; however, some children may need a booster dose and parents should check with their doctor or nurse regarding a booster dose. The CDC is recommending that everyone over 6 months of age get vaccinated, even if you received the H1N1 vaccine last year.
Adult shots are $26.00 and children 6 months thru 18 years-of-age are free.
For those unable to attend the community clinic, appointments can be made Monday-Friday at the La Crosse County Health Department-Public Health Nursing Division.
The court case has closed, but questions remain about a La Crosse area priest who died this week.
Father Patrick Umberger died of cancer, a few months after being charged with possessing child porn on a computer. The La Crosse Diocese issued a statement, saying the Diocese has not received evidence that the priest broke the law. Umberger's attorney, Keith Belzer, agrees that no evidence of porn possession was found. Belzer cannot confirm a report that the Attorney General's office was prepared to drop the charges against Father Umberger, shortly before his death.
For those hoping for a better deer season in La Crosse county this year, a disappointment. Preliminary numbers show this year's harvest during the nine day gun deer season was lower than last year. With the La Crosse county Conservation Alliance, Marc Schultz refuses to publicly judge the DNR on its deer management. But he will say that more local input on deer seasons would be welcomed. Not only from local wildlife managers but from local sportsmen as well. Schultz also suggests the current deer populations may be the new normal for the area from now on.
The continuing court saga of Indra Book has prompted at least one person to complain to the La Crosse judge handling the case.
Book is on probation for the starvation death of her baby daughter, but she was arrested again last week for violating that probation. An anonymous letter mailed to Judge Scott Horne calls the judge 'incompetent,' and tells him to put Book in prison because 'we don't need baby killers...running the streets.' The letter was mailed just after Book's latest arrest for carrying synthetic pot and skipping a mandatory breath test. The arrest came a few days after Horne warned the 22-year-old woman that she would go to prison if she didn't change her behavior.
For some area counties, there wasn't much of a bump from last year's nine-day gun deer harvest totals in Wisconsin. Overall, the DNR says, state harvest is up 11 percent over last year's abysmal totals. But in La Crosse county, the total harvest number was actually down slightly from last season. In Vernon county, the total shrank by more than one percent. Jackson total, down by four percent. Nearly ten percent down in Monroe county. Trempealeau county deer harvest totals increased by four percent.