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Sparta’s Kriskindlmarkt opens for eighth holiday season

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — Christmas has arrived in Sparta. On Friday, the Kriskindlmarkt opened up for the season. The outdoor, European-style market has been spreading holiday cheer for eight years. There, you can find beer, gluhwein, live music and plenty of other attractions. New this year: Dub’s Sausage Hut. Organizers cut the ribbon on the new addition on Friday. If...
SPARTA, WI

La Crosse area shoppers line up for Black Friday deals

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Plenty of people got up before daybreak to take advantage of Black Friday deals– but this year, the search for bargains looked a little different. Before the sun was up, the lines stretched outside the doors of plenty of stores in the area, including Blain’s Farm and Fleet, Target and JCPenney’s. “If there were sales at...
LA CROSSE, WI

Onalaska Community Thanksgiving Dinner feeds thousands

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — The Onalaska and Holmen communities enjoyed a free Thanksgiving dinner. This community Thanksgiving dinner started in 2011. They served 700 that year. The dinner has grown a lot since then, growing to more than 1,700 last year. People who enjoyed the meal this year ate classic food while listening to live music by Joe Cody. Organizers...
ONALASKA, WI

41 years of La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Decades of community service all comes down to one meal. The La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner has been a local tradition for 41 years. Volunteers make a traditional holiday meal, with dishes including turkey, mashed potatoes and rolls, and of course pie. They also offered other activities like a non-denominational worship service before dinner and a...
LA CROSSE, WI

La Crosse firefighters celebrate Thanksgiving on duty with shared meal

LA CROSSE (WKBT) —  For first responders, there are no off days. Members of the La Crosse Fire Department are making the most of working a holiday. Firefighters cook Thanksgiving dinner together. They roast a turkey and prepare a meal to share. Lt. Matt Miller says Thanksgiving dinner is a chance for first responders’ second family to come together. “We...
LA CROSSE, WI

UW-Health recommend sharing gratitude during the holidays and year-round

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT)- This Thanksgiving, UW-Health is hopeful you will adopt an attitude of gratitude. UW Psychologist, Dr. Shilagh Mirgain says gratitude positively influences your health. A change in mindset can give you extra energy and even improve your blood pressure. When bad things happen to us or others, Dr. Mirgain says it is essential to keep your head up....
MADISON, WI

Gundersen Health System has some Thanksgiving food prep tips

LA CROSSE (WKBT) – If you’re in charge of making the Thanksgiving meal this year, the experts at Gundersen Health System say food safety begins with preparation. They recommend trying to avoid storing raw meat next to other foods that don’t require cooking, like veggie and fruit trays, and when cooking meats, make sure they meet the proper internal temperature....
LA CROSSE, WI