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Paddlewheelers begin stops in La Crosse Aug. 2



By this time of year, La Crosse often starts to see the big paddlewheelers arrive on the riverfront.

This season, however, the boats won’t make it to town until the first week of August.

Janet Dahl from Explore La Crosse hopes the 20 planned stops will go as scheduled, without river levels changing drastically.

“Some years they make every stop,” she said. “Some years it is, of course, because of high water. Or even, we’ve had them not stop because of low water.”

The Queen of the Mississippi makes the first Riverside Park stop of the summer on Aug. 2. Two days later, the American Queen and American Duchess both will be docked in La Crosse from noon-5 p.m.

Eleven stops in La Crosse are on the schedule between Aug 2 and Labor Day.

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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