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Donna F. Thompson
KENDALL, Wis. -- Donna F. Thompson, 76, of Kendall died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. at Gundersen Health Systems, La Crosse. A graveside committal service will be at a later date. Smith-Nelson Funer…

Carolyn N. Kirchoff
WILTON ? Carolyn N. Kirchoff, 73, of Wilton died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Tomah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A graveside committal service will be 10 a.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Ce…

Mary Alice Gnewikow
OAKDALE, Wis. ? Mary Alice Gnewikow, 86, of Oakdale died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Bruce R. Harrison
BLOOMINGTON, Ill./WILTON ? Bruce R. Harrison, 80, of Bloomington and formerly of Wilton died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at St. Joseph?s Hospital in Bloomington. Funeral arrangements are pending …

Jerry Lee Meacham
OAKDALE, Wis. ? Jerry Lee Meacham, 83, of Oakdale died Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at his home.

Mrs. Barbara Frances (Turnmire) Martin
SEYMOUR, Ind. ? Mrs. Barbara Frances (Turnmire) Martin, 87, of Seymour passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Covered Bridge Health Care Campus in Seymour.

Happy homecoming: Timberwolves hold off scrappy Aquinas squad
For a few scary minutes, it looked like the La Crosse Central game all over again.

Column: Program promotes healthier food choices
October is National Farm to School Month, and I can?t think of a better reason to celebrate. Farm to School (F2S) programs connect local farmers and food producers with school districts and ot…

Sign-bearing person determined no threat
Tomah School District students remained in their buildings for most of the afternoon Friday while Tomah police monitored the activity of a man bearing a sign.

Tomah High School held its annual homecoming last week. The football team made the week complete with a 35-6 victory over La Crosse Aquinas Friday. More photos A3, details of football game A6.


National News
Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

Peshmerga fighters dismantle a French-German anti-tank light infantry missile MILAN during a training session at the Bundeswehr army infantry school of HammelburgBy Ahmed Rasheed, Saif Hameed and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria?s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq?s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad. The vast desert region - where Sunni tribes rose up in 2006 and 2007 to drive out al-Qaeda with the Americans - has throughout 2014 been parcelled up, city by military camp, before the Iraqi government and U.S. forces could act. ...

Canada police say they were tracking man who killed a soldier

Surete du Quebec officer investigates an overturned vehicle in Saint-Jean-sur-RichelieuBy Allison Lampert SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU Quebec (Reuters) - A Canadian man who rammed two soldiers in Quebec with his car, killing one of them, converted to Islam last year and was among 90 people being tracked by Canadian police on suspicion of taking part in militant activities abroad or planning to do so. Monday's incident, the first fatal attack on Canadian soil tied to Islamic militants, occurred after Canada announced this month it was joining the battle against Islamic State fighters who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria. ...

No Russia-Ukraine gas deal at EU talks; Moscow queries finances

Russia's President Putin shakes hands with Ukraine's President Poroshenko as he arrives for a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit in MilanBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay. After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a news conference the three parties agreed the price Ukraine would pay Russia's Gazprom - $385 per thousand cubic meters - as long as it paid in advance for the deliveries. ...

Britain to tighten charities laws to tackle terrorism funding

Britain's Prime Minister Cameron waits to greet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as he arrives at Number 10 Downing Street in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce plans on Wednesday to tighten the law to help stop charities being used as a front to raise funds for terrorist groups. Several individuals convicted of terrorism offences in Britain had raised funds in public, purportedly for charitable purposes, the majority of which the charities never received, the government said. Three British Islamists jailed last year for planning mass suicide attacks had tried to fund their plot by posing as street collectors for the Muslim Aid charity organization, raising 12,000 pounds ($19,360). ...

United States welcomes release of jailed Vietnam blogger
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday welcomed Vietnam's decision to release jailed blogger Nguyen Van Hai, who staged a hunger strike to protest treatment of political prisoners, and said he was set to travel to the United States. Hai, better known by the pen name Dieu Cay, was set to arrive in the United States on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a daily briefing. "We welcome the decision by Vietnamese authorities to release this prisoner of conscience," Harf told reporters. ...

U.S. involved in seven air strikes on Islamic State targets

Tracer rounds light the sky over the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fighting downtown, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces carried out four air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria on Monday and Tuesday and were joined by partner nations in three attacks in Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said. Fighter, bomber and attack aircraft were used in the raids and all returned safely, the Central Command statement said. The strikes near Kobani, Syria, destroyed Islamic State fighting positions, a building and an Islamic State unit. ...

Shakhtar's 5-goal striker Adriano alleges racism

BATE's Denis Polyakov, left, and Ilya Aleksievich, right, vie for the ball against Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano during their Champions League Group Stage in group H soccer match in Borisov, Belarus, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)BORISOV, Belarus (AP) ? Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano accused fans at BATE Borisov of racially abusing him while he scored five goals in a 7-0 victory over the Belarusian club in the Champions League on Tuesday.

U.S. needs to invest in Arctic ships, technology to prepare for climate change: envoy

New Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Papp arrives for a Change of Command ceremony in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States needs billions of dollars of new equipment including ice-breaking ships, better satellite service and fiber-optic networks as it prepares for climate change and melting ice in the Arctic, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday. The total cost will not be clear until the U.S. government inventories its investment needs, former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp, who became the first U.S. special representative for the Arctic Region in July, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. ...

Canada raises terrorism threat level, cites Islamist chatter
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada has raised its terrorism threat level to medium from low because of a rise in "general chatter" from radical groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda, a government official said on Tuesday. "This increase is not the result of a specific threat," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. A suspected Canadian militant ran over two soldiers in Quebec on Monday, killing one of them. ...

UN: Assault on Yazidis may be genocide attempt
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? A United Nations official says evidence strongly indicates that the Islamic State group's assault on Iraq's Yazidi religious minority is "an attempt to commit genocide."

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