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  • MONSTER TRUCKS Invade The La Crosse Center

    POLAR PLUNGE: We Take A Dip

    SPRING BREAK STIMULUS: Let The Frats Decide!

    ST. PATTYS DAY Q&A: Leprechaun And A Ginger

    JULIEN K: Two-Person Orgy

    FREEVolume 9Issue 154

    March 12, 2009

    MONSTER TRUCKS Invade The La Crosse Center

    POLAR PLUNGE: We Take A Dip

    SPRING BREAK STIMULUS: Let The Frats Decide!

    ST. PATTYS DAY Q&A: Leprechaun And A Ginger

    JULIEN K: Two-Person Orgy

  • Second Supper vol. 9, issue 154

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Publisher:Mike Keith

    mike.keith@secondsupper.com

    Editorial Staff

    Editor-in-Chief: Adam Bissen

    adam.bissen@secondsupper.com

    Copy Editor:Briana Rupel

    copyeditor@secondsupper.com

    Graphic Designer:Matt Schmidt

    matt.schmidt@secondsupper.com

    Contributors

    Sales Associates

    Blake Auler-Murphy608-797-6370

    blake.auler-murphy@secondsupper.com

    Mike Keith608-782-3755

    mike.keith@secondsupper.com

    Tim Althaus608-385-9681

    tim.althaus@secondsupper.com

    Free-Range Mediawww.secondsupper.com

    305 Pearl St.Downtown La Crosse

    Jacob BielanskiAdam BissenErich BoldtNicholas CabrezaBenjamin ClarkAndrew ColstonAshly ConradEl JefeBrett Emerson

    Emily FaethShuggypop JacksonEmma MayviewAmber MillerRadarBriana RupelKelly Sampson Noah SingerNate Willer

  • March 1 009

    Well, this is a nice change of pace. I usually use this section of the newspaper to pontificate my feel-ings most often on some story contained within Second Supper, but sometimes its whatever comes to mind as I finish laying out the issue. Thats good for stoking the ego, of course, and some-times I might stumble upon some insight, but as far as communication goes, its decidedly one-way. But not this week! After reading my introductory piece in Issue 153, one that suggested ways to make downtown La Crosse more happening, one local businessman wrote back and did me one better make that 11 better. Joey Kay, owner of Simply Living, offers these simple suggestions to make downtown a more inviting place. This, readers, is called a Letter to the Editor, and we accept them at any time as a way to foster community dialogue. So if youd ever like to see your own thoughts in this newspaper, feel free to write me at editor@secondsupper.com. Adam Bissen

    Letter from the Editor

    Here are some of my ideas to help fix downtown The Main Street Fountain AreaWe should sell Kiosk space here. Treat it like a mall treats it hallways. See if car dealers would like to put a car here or something; maybe some music on Fridays lunches; or the weekend. This would be additional revenue and help draw people out of the park and move into town.

    Hire a RecruiterWe need to be more aggressive. Malls have people shopping downtown here; looking for and recruit-ing business to move to the mall. They offer kiosk space and incubator programs. We lost Katmandu to such a program; they offered it to me. We should be doing the same.

    Downtown Directional MapsAgain, like a mall we need maps. I would like to see 3 of them. One in front the La Crosse Center, one in the Park by the Main st fountain and one on the corner of Main and 4th Street. Some of the cost of the maps and maintenance could be offset with advertising on it.

    Pearl Street should have diagonal parkingTo increase spots, slow down traffic and create a more intimate street.

    Saturday Morning Farmers MarketWe should move the farmers market out of the county parking lot and move it to the lower part of Main Street, close that part of the street until 12 pm. With the shade of the trees the First Bank Building its the coolest place downtown during the summer morning. This would help get people downtown in the mornings.

    The Leasable space downtown is too large.We need more 1000 or so square feet spaces Downtown to offer. Look at State Street in Madison and how small those spaces are.

    Benches, Bike Racks and an effort to replace the trees that have died.

    DMI (Downtown Mainstreet, Inc.)Retailers downtown need an organizing body. One to share whats going on, ideas and shared promo-tions. For a variety of reasons DMI is not filling this role. We either need to change it or add to it or create something new.

    Krazy Days is for Crazy people.Its crazy to hang on to this dead and dying sale in its original format. Its from a bygone era when Downtown was a very different place filled with big retailers; national retailers. It was held on Thursday when moms stayed at home with the kids. We need a downtown sale in the summer that includes the new reality that is downtown and not focused on price because that is not our sale advantage any longer.. And it should be on the weekend. We should try to include the banks and other professional services downtown by having them sponsor The Big Event company and other food or entertainment and bring flee market in to fill up some sidewalk space. Close a street and have some music, have an art fair on Pearl.

    We need to Re-Brand Downtown.Historic Downtown? Great tag for when we were trying to preserve the downtown twenty years ago. But it does nothing to tell people what is going on now. Maybe cut into to Districts Main Street could be the Wedding District in Historic Downtown La Crosse 4th Street could be Arts and Entertainment district, the Pearl Street District. The Wharehouse District; for the Bars. And build on shopping locally. Local Places, Friendly Faces

    Get the ticket writers out of their jeeps.Have them walk; take the wrap around tough guy glasses off. Get to know the habitual parking viola-tors, give directions to our guests.

    Letter to the Editor

    Reminds you to support the retailers, restaurants, taverns and

    bands that support us. We are funded solely by advertising so if you

    want to support us, support them!

    conscientious commerce:

    Your Ad here.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    THIS PAGE ............................................ 3SOCIAL NETWORKING ......................... 4FOUR ADS ............................................ 5MOMMY COLUMN ................................. 6FRATIRE ................................................ 7STUDIO SUCCESS ............................... 8POLAR PLUNGE ................................... 9GINGER/LEPRECHAUN .......................10MONSTER TRUCKS ............................ 11JULIEN-K Q&A ................................... 12REVIEWS ............................................. 13FUTURE SONS ................................... 14CROSSWORD/MAZE ............................15COMMUNITY SERVICE ..................16-17ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTORY .......... 18

    COVER PHOTO KELLY SAMPSON

    CORRECTION: Christian Hansen was not given credit last week for a photograph he took at the Root We regret the error.

  • Second Supper vol. 9, issue 1544

    Social Networking

    NAME AND AGE: Melissa Jean Fannin, 29 BIRTHPLACE:Hortonville, WI

    CURRENT JOB: Deli cook, People's Food Co-op

    DREAM JOB: Over-fed artist

    COVETED SUPERPOWER: Ability to kick ass

    DREAM VACATION:World ticket

    FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT: The Hideaway

    FAVORITE BAR IN TOWN: Bodega

    CITY OR COUNTRY? City

    TELL US A JOKE: Sorry

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    Second Suppers finally on the so-cial networking bandwagon, with a whole chain of townies to answer our deliciously revealing questions. Each week, the interviewee will name someone they're connected to, who will become the next per-son interviewed, and so it shall continue. You see? We really are all connected.

    Phish shows

    1. Big Cyprus, 12/31/992. Madison Square Garden, 12/31/953. Dayton, OH, 12/7/974. Chicago, 10/31/945. Merriweather Post, 8/9/986. Ft. Collins, 11/4/907. Atlanta, 2/20/93

    Predicted Big 10 Tournament finishers

    1. Wisconsin2. Michigan State3. Michigan4. Illinois5. Northwestern6. Purdue7. Minnesota

    Things to do on St. Patrick's Day

    1. Drink.2. Wear green.3. Hunt lepruchauns.4. Eat corned beef and cabbage.5. Try to get lucky.6. Pump your fist to Flogging Molly.7. Not puke on our doorstep.

    3 MOVIES YOUD TAKE ON A DESERTED ISLAND: Lord of the Rings (set), The Princess Bride, Jane Eyre

    3 BOOKS YOUD TAKE TO PRISON: Books 7, 8, and 9 of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series

    3 CDs YOUD TAKE ON A ROAD TRIP: Maybe some Wilco, Kate Nash, and TV on the Radio

    IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY INSTRU-MENT PERFECTLY, WHAT WOULD IT BE? French horn

    WHAT IS IN YOUR POCKETS RIGHT NOW?Nothing

    HOW DO YOU KNOW BRENT?We are lovers

    Do This

    WHAT: St. Patty's Day 0.1K Run/Walk/StumbleWHERE: Pearl Street in La CrosseWHEN:Saturday, March 14, 6:45 p.m.COST: $15

    Have you always wanted to complete one of those massive marathons in La Crosse, but don't have the time or energy to train and compete? Well, wish your worries away with 95.7 The Rock's St. Patty's Day 0.1K Run/Walk/Stumble this Saturday! That's 0.1 kilometers, which comes to ap-proximately 33 feet of drunken racing and competition! Registration starts at 5 p.m., and the official race starts at 6:45 p.m. And, to top it all off, you'll receive a free beer from Coconut Joe's, dyed green for your drinking pleasure! All proceeds from the registration go to the Hunger Task Force, which is responsible for many of the food banks here in La Crosse. Their supply is a bit low after the holidays here, and they need to replenish in order to help out some very hungry families here in La Crosse. So come on down and Walk/Run/Stumble your way across the finish line for a good cause, because even though you may have had a bit too many, you can still compete with the best of them. Ben Clark

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