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$5 million in state funding passes hurdle for $42 million La Crosse Center renovation

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Process could begin in Aug. 2018 

By this time next year, the La Crosse Center will be under construction again as a possible $42-million renovation begins.

Five of those million could come from the state, which took a big step closer to being secured.

Center board president Brent Smith told board members Monday that the $5 million request was passed intact by the Wisconsin Legislature’s joint finance committee.

Smith says the full legislature could pass the budget in the next two weeks and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may sign it the week of September 18.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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