Viroqua boasts a comprehensive retail mix of unique specialty shops and established anchor stores. Here, consumers will find everything from antiques to elegant furnishings, appliances, baseball caps and cowboy hats, bridal gowns and brand name jeans. One can also find art supplies and best-seller books, while snacking on everything from soup and sandwiches to baby back ribs and char-broiled steak. You can also enjoy a cup of espresso in a local coffee shop, sip on a cherry coke at a 50s diner, or indulge yourself with a malt at the dairy bar. June through October, the Viroqua Partners Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the WWTC Campus. The market features fresh fruit, vegetables, bedding plants, bakery products and handcrafted items.
Viroqua is nationally recognized for its excellent educational opportunities. The public schools include two elementary schools - Liberty Pole, a multi-grade country school, and a new city elementary school. The local middle and high school are on the same grounds. The school system offers a wide variety of academic subjects as well as a technical and industrial education opportunities. Extra-curricular activities are also available for all students.
There are four private schools in Viroqua: the Viroqua Christian School, Cornerstone Christian Academy (grades K-12), the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School (grades K-8), which utilizes the German Waldorf philosophy, and the Youth Initiative High School (grades 9-12), which is a Waldorf-inspired alternative school started by a group of students.
The Viroqua Campus of WWTC technical college is located on Main Street, with a total enrollment of 150 full-time students. Major divisions include business, human services, general education, industrial-technologies and instructional support services. The main campus of WWTC is located in LaCrosse, only 35 miles northwest of Viroqua, with a total enrollment of 3550 full-time students. UW-LaCrosse is a four-year institution of higher learning enrolling 8000 full-time students and offering advanced Masters Degrees.
For students of all ages, the full service McIntosh Memorial Library provides the community with quick access to information and resources.
Sportsmen know Viroqua is in the heart of some of the best Whitetail deer country in the state. It also has a large turkey population. The region is home to "the best kept secret in the world" pristine trout streams and excellent fly fishing - only a few minutes from Viroquas historic downtown. Its easy to enjoy the abundance of natural resources and outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, snowmobiling, canoeing, cross-country skiing, skating, and swimming. Other activities include golf, softball, tennis, and bowling. Picnicking in the park and hunting morels are two favorite pastimes as well.
The rich heritage and history of Viroqua is apparent in its neighborhoods and homes. Mingling together on tree-lined streets one finds small efficiencies, modest mansions, prairie ranches, and two-story family homes. Whether of sturdy frame construction or solid brick, these homes vary in price to meet the needs of the entire community. All Viroquas homes have unique charming character and reflect their owners tastes and pride.
Viroqua and area residents are fortunate to have the highest quality health care available. The community boasts two clinics, one hospital with 24-hour emergency and urgent services, and two nursing homes. Also available are several massage therapists, acupuncturists, and other professionals who use homeopathy and herbal medicines in their practice.
There are 21 physicians, as well as numerous physician assistants, nurse practitioners and a nurse midwife who support Vernon Memorial Hospital. The practitioners include an orthopedic surgeon, and a specialist in the detection, treatment, and prevention of osteoporosis. The hospital has private birthing rooms complete with jacuzzis, and an exercise center and fitness programs open to the public.
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