Holmen Middle School food drive

We are excited to announce our partnership with Holmen Middle School’s PBIS group, which focuses on positive behavior, as they organize a food drive November 14th through November 26th. Last year, they collected more than 5,000 items, and donated to four local food shelves: Holmen Area Food Pantry, Onalaska Emergency Food Basket, TLC, and Holmen Middle School.

If anyone wants to help donate, La Crosse Fine Homes Group is accepting donations at our office (1037 Riders Club Road, Onalaska). If you have any questions, give us a call at 608-481-4511.
High need items are:
Peanut Butter                           Beans
Mac&Cheese                           Fruit
Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta      Vegetables
Tuna                                          Deodorant/Hygiene Products/Toothpaste
Soup                                          Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap
 This year,they have teamed up with the following organizations to strengthen the partnership between the school and community, and to support the growing needs of area families:
Altra Credit Union (Holmen) Doggie Business LLC (Holmen) La Crosse Archery (Onalaska)
American Legion (Holmen) Edward Jones (Holmen) La Crosse Area Harley Davidson (Onalaska)
Associated Bank (Holmen) Features (Holmen) Mayo Clinic (Holmen)
BA Burrito (Holmen) Festival Foods (Holmen) Metropolitan (Holmen)
Barge Chiropractic (Holmen) Fire Fighters Credit Union (Holmen) Northern Engraving (Holmen)
Be Fit (Holmen) Frosty Café (Holmen) Revive All Salon (Onalaska)
Bean Juice (La Crosse) Heim & Grimsled Orthodontics (Holmen) School District of Holmen Bus Garage
Children’s Tree House (Holmen) Holmen Fire Department School District of Holmen District Office
Children’s Palace (Holmen) Holmen Hardware Hank Sitara (Onalaska)
Coaches Corner (Holmen) Holmen Meat Locker State Farm Insurance (Onalaska)
Community Credit Union (Holmen) Holmen Police Department Texas Roadhouse (Onalaska)
Cordell’s Automotive (Holmen) Iron Works (Holmen) Town of Onalaska Town Hall
Coulee Bank (Holmen) Jacqlon’s (Holmen) Yeiter Insurance Agency (Holmen)
Courtesy Corporation (Onalaska) Keenan’s Cherryland (West Salem) YMCA North (Onalaska)
Curves (Holmen) Keller Williams Realty (Onalaska)
DBS Tool & Die (Onalaska) King Furniture (Holmen)
For questions, you may contact Erica Kohlmeyer, 6th Grade School Counselor at Holmen Middle School, at 608-526-3391 ext. 5408 or koheri@holmen.k12.wi.us

Holmen’s Kornfest


The weather may feel like September, but summer festivals are still going strong. This weekend is Holmen’s Kornfest.

On Saturday, there is a fireworks display, car show, corn-on-the-cob, music, carnival, fun run, bingo, tractor pull, and a parade.

Plus, the Holmen Lutheran Church has a pie & ice cream tent.

Schedule of Events:

Questions – call the Holmen American Legion at 608-526-4444.

Friday – August 16, 2013
6pm – 1am: Carnival (5pm – 9pm: Wristband Day)
6pm: Sandwich Tent Opens
6pm – Midnight: Beer Garden
8pm – Midnight: Trouble Shooter
9pm: Fireworks at Viking Field. Bring your lawn chairs.
Mens & Women’s softball tournaments – Deerwood Park
(No Chicken or Corn on Friday)

Saturday – August 17, 2013
8am: St. Elizabeth 10K and 2 mile Fun Run (entry 7am)
9am: Volleyball tournament class B
10:30am – 1am: Carnival
11am: Phil Wall classic horseshoe tournament (singles)
11am: Kornfest Parade
After Parade: YMCA Dancers and Julie’s School of Dance
Noon: Food serving begins
1pm: Bingo
8pm – Midnight: Last Call
Men’s & Women’s softball tournaments – Deerwood Park
Holmen Lutheran Church pie & ice cream tent

Sunday – August 18, 2013
7am – 11am: St. Elizabeth breakfast
8am – 4pm: Kornfest Car Show & Swap Meet – Middle School grounds
10:30am: Grounds open
10:30 – 11pm: Carnival (Noon – 4pm: Wristband Day)
11am: Food serving begins
11am: Phil Wall classic horseshoe tournament (doubles)
1pm: Bingo
1pm – 5pm: Trouble Shooter
5pm – 6:30px: LoCash Cowboys
7pm – 8:30pm: Jason Michael Carroll
Men’s & Women’s softball tournaments – Deerwood Park
Holmen Lutheran Church pie & ice cream tent

If you have a recommendation for us about Kornfest, contact us!

La Crosse Fine Homes Group of Keller Williams Realty


School supplies

When I was walking around Target the other day, the school supply display took me by surprise.

Is it really the end of July? Is it already time for the school supplies to come out?

I can’t believe it and I’m sure there are many kids that don’t want to believe it, but, new pencils, pens, folders and notebooks are in their future.

Here’s a little crystal ball of sorts in the form of some local districts’ school supplies. If there is a list that we are missing (for example, the Sparta School District), let us know!




Galesville Elementary

Ettrick Elementary

Middle School

Trempealeau Elementary


Holmen Middle School

Prairie View Elementary

Sand Lake Elementary

Viking Elementary

La Crosse

Coulee Montessori Elementary

Hamilton Early Learning

Hintgren Elemetary

Lincoln Middle School/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori MIddle School

Logan Middle School

Longfellow Middle School/La Crosse Design

North Woods International Elementary

Northside Elementary

School of Technology and Arts

Southern Bluffs Elementary

Spence Elementary

State Road School (click under the academics tab and scroll to find appropriate grade)

Summit Elementary


Eagle Bluff Elementary

Irving Pertzsch Elementary

Northern Hills Elementary

Onalaska Kindergarten Center

West Salem


Middle School

Good luck to those new students!

La Crosse Fine Homes Group of Keller Williams Realty

La Crosse County homes sales increase in June

We hope everybody’s Monday is going great.

The La Crosse Fine Homes Group was delivered good news in terms of housing numbers as the the Wisconsin REALTORS Association released the June 2013 housing statistics for the state.

La Crosse County had a busy month. Home sales skyrocketed while the median home price continued its up-and-down trend, but it’s all good news as the housing market is recovering.

All regions of the state saw healthy growth in home sales through the first six months of 2013 over last year. The regions with the strongest growth were the South Central, up 15.7 percent; the West, up 13.4 percent (that’s us!); and the Southeast, up 12 percent. Growth in the other three regions was also solid, ranging between 9.9 percent for the Central region and 7.3 percent for the Northeast region, to 6.9 percent in the North.

Specifically, June was a busy month for home sales in La Crosse County, which is usually how it is, but compared to last year, real estate agents were taking care of business in 2013. Not even the rainy months of March and April stopped buyers from getting out in the market.

As far as Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties, numbers have been business as usual.

Here’s a look at La Crosse County:

Number of home sales

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun YTD (2013 through June)
2007 78 67 116 126 129 136 1204
2008 45 89 92 107 129 122 1119
2009 38 53 61 97 108 163 1126
2010 41 45 107 130 140 133 1024
2011 39 36 68 81 90 108 916
2012 63 57 83 105 118 133 1216
2013 79 59 120 118 151 171 773

Median home prices:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun YTD
2007 137800 135000 135400 141250 150000 142450 140000
2008 136500 136800 139000 149155 151000 159750 145000
2009 141950 138000 125000 134500 129500 138900 137000
2010 137500 140000 139900 137500 127100 145000 138000
2011 125000 122500 134500 127500 137250 141250 140000
2012 130000 130000 137000 127000 152250 145000 145500
2013 148900 128500 138525 147750 139000 154900 144900

Here’s a look at the region:

west housing

According to the WRA’s press release, Wisconsin home sales rose an  11.4 percent in the first six months of 2013 compared to last year. In June alone, Wisconsin home sales were up 3.1 percent relative to last June, posting the 24th straight month of positive sales growth in the state. Median prices also continued to increase year-to-date, rising 7.7 percent to $140,000 compared to the first half of 2012. In June, prices were up 12.3 percent to $159,500 compared to June 2012.

The high prices aren’t a bad thing for affordable housing, as homes in Wisconsin remain a good value. The Wisconsin Housing Affordability Index (HAI) showsthe percent of the median-priced home that a buyer earning the estimated median family income can afford to buy, assuming current mortgage rates and a 20 percent down payment. In June, the index was at 214, indicating that a household with median family income of $63,100 can afford to buy 214 percent of the median priced home of $159,500. This is down from 239 in May and significantly below its peak of 292 in January of this year.

Were you one of the recent home sellers/buyers?

Have a great week and give us a follow on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to keep that boredom away.

La Crosse Fine Homes Group of Keller Williams Realty