Western Wisconsin-based Essential Health Clinics is closing three of its seven locations effective next month. Patients who have gone to clinics in Black River Falls, Prairie du Chien and Richland Center will have to travel a little farther. Locations in La Crosse, Sparta, Viroqua, and Whitehall will still be operating. Executive Director Derek Kruempel says Essential will still offer testing events with county health departments, education at schools, health fairs, and other outreach efforts will continue. Federal government funding challenges are blamed for the closings.