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Public hears details to La Crosse-Shelby border deal at meeting

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The 20-year agreement has been two years in making 

Mayor Tim Kabat calls the Shelby-La Crosse proposed border agreement a win-win.

Residents of both places got a chance to hear details of the pact at a Central High School meeting Tuesday.

Consultant Jason Valerius said the agreement is unusual for the La Crosse area, in that it didn’t arise from a legal fight between towns.

Valerius said if the two communities ratify the agreement, Shelby residents can get sewer and water without annexation, and La Crosse gets more potential room to grow.

The agreement, announced last month, has been closely watched by other local governments.

The La Crosse school district also had a big interest in seeing the 20-year boundary agreement get reached.

School superintendent Randy Nelson told the audience the tentative deal could help the district prevent losses to other school systems.

“One of the challenges we have in the school district of La Crosse, is we are a land-locked school district,” Nelson said. “Holmen is not that way. They can keep going and taking our students.”

The two communities are gathering public comments to help work out details of the agreement which will still have to be approved by the Shelby board and the La Crosse city council.

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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