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Amy DuPont Leaving WKBT: Where Is the News 8 Anchor Going?

Amy DuPont has been bringing news to the residents of La Crosse for the last two years. People love her chemistry with other News 8 co-hosts and the joy she brings to them. She’s recently been missing from the anchor desk but has now announced her departure from the station. Amy DuPont is leaving WKBT for the next adventure. Since the announcement, News 8 viewers have been curious about where she’s going and if she plans to leave La Crosse, too. So here’s what the reporter has to say about her departure from WKBT.

Man charged after allegedly threatening woman with a gun

CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Minnesota man has been charged after he reportedly threatened a woman with a gun in a hotel room in December in Chippewa Falls. Cody M. West, 20, of La Crescent, was charged Wednesday in Chippewa County Court with possession of a firearm by a felon, strangulation and suffocation-domestic abuse, false imprisonment, theft, battery and disorderly conduct. West is being held on a $2,500 cash bond, and has a return court date on Tuesday. ...

Holmen Area Community Center celebrates fundraising goal

HOLMEN (WKBT) -- The Holmen Area Community Center celebrated a major fundraising goal that triggered some community generosity. The center organized a match challenge fundraiser in December. If they raised $20,000, two community members promised to kick in another $20,000 each.

New list of most endangered old buildings in La Crosse is being compiled for this year

A yearly Top 10 list important to history buffs in La Crosse is being prepared for 2023. Members of the city heritage preservation commission have been told they may get a preliminary list of endangered local buildings by next month. The list has been compiled for a few years now, and planner Tim Acklin says it’s good for the public to know about some of the older buildings around town.

Middleton health care startup expands to La Crosse

Pivotal Health, a Middleton-based, technology-enabled, health care delivery company, has expanded its clinician house call services to the La Crosse Metro area. The company now offers its services in the Madison, Milwaukee, and La Crosse metro areas. Founded in late 2020 by Sal Braico, Pete Johnson, and Dr. Andrew Culp,...

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

CHIPPEWA FALLS — Bishop William Patrick Callahan of the Diocese of La Crosse said the disciples were trying to figure out exactly who Jesus is, and today’s Christians are still trying to understand him. “They think Jesus is some kind of wizard, and he’s around to do some cheap tricks,” Callahan told a crowd numbering close to 1,000 worshippers Wednesday at McDonell Central High School. “Jesus doesn’t work that way. He comes into our hearts, and he comes silently. And that’s why we pray, so...

Dr. Ben Wedro discusses attending UWL as a retiree

“Too often people think of university as a trade school. You go in, you do your four years, you get a degree, and then you get a job, but the joy of university is going to learn and explore things you haven’t yet, and to seek knowledge.”. In Wisconsin,...

Bellin and Gundersen tap former Mayo Clinic executive

Bellin Health and Gundersen Health System — which completed their "merger of equals" and combined operations in November — have named a human resources executive to their joint system, dual headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and La Crosse, Wis. LeAnne Andersen will serve the new Bellin and Gundersen...

UW-Madison’s Varsity Band performing in West Salem this Saturday

The University of Wisconsin varsity band is heading to West Salem’s Heider Center for a show at 7 p.m. Saturday (doors open 30 minutes prior to show time). This talented group of musicians will play a variety of songs, including fan favorites and new arrangements. Honoring Badger Band traditions like their popular Fifth Quarter and “On, Wisconsin!” the concert will appeal to Badger Band fans of all ages.

From Our Early Files Feb. 1, 2023

Jerry Freimark wasn’t planning on spending last week Wednesday afternoon in La Crosse. But then, the Whitehall School District administrator wasn’t expecting a call from the White House last week, either. But there he was on Monday, taking a call from an aide to President Bill Clinton – and two days later, appearing on the same stage with the president and Vice President Al Gore. Freimark was one of 15 western Wisconsin residents recognized at a rally held by Gore and Clinton in La Crosse. Referred to as “hometown” or “local” heroes, those individuals were honored for their volunteer efforts.

Science & Health News

UWL College of Science and Health students and alumni are making Wisconsin a healthy place to live — and more. Students are preparing areas in La Crosse’s Hixon Forest for forest bathing. Others stretch out to rural, western Wisconsin to provide underserved communities with health-related programming. Still others are helping those with Parkinson’s Disease stay active.

Local leaders celebrate Transit Equity Days

LA CROSSE (WKBT) -- Mayor Reynolds, and local advocates are meeting to commemorate Transit Equity Days. People across the nation will spend Saturday honoring the work of civil rights icons in their fight for access to transportation.
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New guidelines call for different approach in treating teen hospitalizations

LA CROSSE (WKBT) -- New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics want medical caregivers to think differently when treating teens in the hospital. Right now 20 percent of all U.S. pediatric hospital admissions are teens between age 11 and 20. The new guidelines say those adolescents can have difficulties...