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La Crosse School Board discusses approving purchase of downtown bar by next month



At its meeting Monday night, the La Crosse School Board discussed approving the district’s acquisition of The Brickhouse early next month.

The move will put 7 Rivers High School and La Crosse Design Institute (LDI) together in the same building on Fifth Avenue in downtown La Crosse.

Superintendent Randy Nelson said the district is still reviewing the building and any remodels or changes would first come before the board for consideration.

LDI instructor Garrett Zimmerman said the proximity to downtown will allow students to expand their opportunities and the ability to combine the two schools’ resources will help increase potential.

The district was also facing overcrowding problems.

The Brickhouse announced last week that they would be closing at the end of April.

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.

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