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La Crosse Center digs into expansion details in February



February will be a short month but a busy one for the La Crosse Center Board. 

The board members plan to meet every Tuesday of the month to work out a schematic plan for the $42 million renovation to be presented to the city council. 

Center director Art Fahey wants the latest plan for a west-side expansion of the building to go before council committees in March, so there can be final approval in April.    

This week, Fahey appeared before the La Crosse Board of Public Works to ask for equipment replacements over the next five years. 

One building element in need of a makeover is the ‘fly system,’ used to raise and lower curtains and scenery during stage shows.

The current system has not been replaced since the center opened in 1980.

Fahey also mentioned the arena scoreboard and basketball hoops date back that long, as well.


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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