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Rotary Lights officially switched off, but work begins soon for next season

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Another year has wrapped up for Rotary Lights in Riverside Park.

Director Pat Stephens said he’s continually amazed by the support from midwest communities.

“It really has become a midwest attraction,” he said, adding that the second year of ice skating has been a tremendous success, and he questions why they didn’t start earlier.

“That was the No. 1  request by people every year,” he said.

Thousands walked or drove through the Rotary Lights display, which switches on the night after Thanksgiving and featured millions of lights.

Next year’s Rotary Lights will be the 25th year and Stephens said they’ll be getting to work soon.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.