Talking School Bus Enterprises, Inc.

Talking School Bus Enterprises Inc., the book follows “Dr. E’s” daily route, told from the point of view of Bus #9. Brightly illustrated by Whitney Schmucker and designed for ages 3 to 7, the story goes over bus safety, simple facts and the excitement of the ride.  From minister to psychologist, missionary to bus driver, the Rev. Richard Erickson has held many titles and performed many roles, with his latest — children’s book author — inspired by a bit of each.  “It’s a fun book about all the adventures you go on riding the school bus,” Erickson said. “Kids are looking at these tin boxes and wondering what they are and how do I get on one — they’re fascinated by it. The big kids don’t care — they’re on it every day — but it’s kind of a page-turner for a 7-year-old.”

Half of the proceeds of “School Bus #9: Welcome Aboard” will stay stateside to help fund extracurricular activities or school sports costs for underprivileged local students.

School Bus #9
Talking School Bus Enterprises Inc
960 West City Hwy 16, Suite 207
West Salem, WI 54669


Talking School Bus Enterprise Inc is a non-profit 501(C)3 corporation registered with the IRS. Proceeds from the sales of books go to help children.



West Salem Don & Cheryl Brenengen Boys & Girls Club

Main Line: (608) 786-5329
Club Site Address:
West Salem Middle School
475 N Mark St, West Salem, WI 54669
Mailing Address: 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse
P.O. Box 91 
La Crosse, WI 54602-0091
Area Director: 
Jenna Anfang, Director
(608) 786-5329

West Salem Historical Society

West Salem Historical Society
99 East Jefferson Street
West Salem, WI  54669
(608) 786-1675

West Salem, WI is a small, friendly community that is big on history, with several homes listed on the National Register of Historic places. Founded in 1851, West Salem is the birthplace and home of the Pulitzer Prize winning author Hamlin Garland. An annual event, Garland Days, held each September, celebrates the life of this community’s favorite son.

Two historic homes in West Salem, share an unusual octagonal shape. Other historic homes and structures throughout the community help to add to the visual charm of West Salem.

The Hamlin Garland Homestead, is open for tours from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Admission is $1.00 for adults, .50 for children, or $2.50 maximum per family.

357 West Garland Street
West Salem, WI  54669
(P) 608-786-1675




Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy
3215 Commerce Street
La Crosse, WI 54603

Contact: Michael J. Herro

Phone: 608-789-3673
Fax: 715-737-5327
Toll-free: 800-895-4999


Xcel energy is an electric and gas utility serving customers in eleven states including 222 communities in western and norhtwest Wisconsin.

West Salem Lions Club

West Salem Lions Club
P. O. Box 47
West Salem, WI 54669

Contact: Steve Zeman –

Phone: 608-769-0554

Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy. Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.


West Salem Emergency Medical Team

West Salem Emergency Medical Team
567 Brickl Road
West Salem, WI 54669

Contact: Kevin Groth

Phone: 608-786-2501
Fax: 608-786-4734


The West Salem Emergency Medical Team is a volunteer organization offering 24 hour a day coverage of medical and trauma emergencies, serving the Village of West Salem and West Salem Fire District. If interested in joining the team, please give us a call. We offer an observer ride-along program. Contact: Duane Kneifl at 786-2436 or Linda Dougherty at 786-2755.