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Riverside bandstand shell fundraiser to be launched soon



Several groups that use the Riverside Park bandstand in La Crosse have set a fundraising goal of $550,000 to build a shell over that stage.

The consortium is meeting this month to nail down some corporate sponsorships for the project, according to Moon Tunes organizer Terry Bauer.

The ‘User Group’ already has $90,000 for the project, coming from the Moon Tunes concerts and other sources.

Bauer says Piggy’s Restaurant and Pearl Street Brewery are among the companies that have donated money already.

“Because they see it as something that La Crosse has failed to accomplish in 50-plus years of just having a bandstand that’s in pretty bad repair,” Bauer said.

A reconstruction of the existing bandstand will happen first, followed by work on the canopy. The stage work could be finished by May 1.

The shell is designed to stand 32-feet high and cover most of the bandstand.

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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