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Canopy plan moving ahead for Riverside



Fans of the summer Moon Tunes concerts at Riverside Park will have to do without the bandstand for a few weeks this year, while the structure is still being renovated.

Moon Tunes organizer Terry Bauer told La Crosse’s park board Thursday that fund-raising for a canopy to cover the bandstand is close to 70 percent from hitting its goal.

Bauer, however, also said that the bandstand is supposed to be shut down for completion between Riverfest in July and the Woodstock tribute in September.

A temporary concert stage will be used in the park for the latter portion of the Moon Tunes schedule.

Bauer added that trees are being harvested now for the canopy, which will be built over the bandstand but will not be attached to it.

Also at the meeting, the park board voted to grant permission to the League of Women Voters to post signs in parks, urging people to vote in the April election.

The board, however, asked the League not to post messages in parks calling on voters to say “yes” to a county referendum to change the redistricting procedure in Wisconsin.

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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