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Salvation Army, La Crosse police offer weekend shelter from chilly conditions

Brad Williams

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There will be more room to sleep at the Salvation Army in La Crosse this weekend, to protect people from the severe cold weather. 

The shelter on 8th Street added more beds yesterday, so up to 90 people can sleep there through from tonight Sunday night. 

Salvation Army spokesman Nick Ragner said they expect the shelter to return to its 80-bed capacity on Monday, if the weather emergency is done by then. 

La Crosse Police also will open the north-side community police center on St. James Street as a cold-weather shelter for the weekend.

The community room of the building will be used as a shelter from tonight through Monday morning, from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The Salvation Army, police and Catholic Charities will all collaborate on how to deal with those needed shelter over the next week.


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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