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La Crosse County preparing to launch study for expanding juvenile center



The state of Wisconsin has decided to close two schools for juvenile offenders, meaning some counties might take on more juveniles at their own facilities.

This week, the La Crosse County Board will be asked to hire a consultant to look into the need to remodel the current juvenile detention facility or replace it with a new, larger building to bring in more from those state juvenile schools that will be closing.

The detention center is part of the county health building constructed in the late 1980s, on the site of the old Sawyer Auditorium.

The county may apply for a $28,000 grant to pay for the building study. An architectural firm has already been selected.

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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