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New Memorial Pool may open later than planned

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Maybe it wasn’t the best winter to try building a swimming pool.

That’s what the interim head of the La Crosse park and rec. department told the city council, in a progress report on Memorial Pool.

Jay Odegaard does expect the rebuilt pool on the UW-La Crosse campus to reopen this year, but maybe not in time for the start of outdoor swimming season in early June.

Odegaard said there were some setbacks in renovating the 1930s bathhouse next to the pool.

Crews, however, have been able to retain much of the historic interior of the building.

The $3 million project is a renovation of the old outdoor pool, which was closed a few years ago when it wouldn’t retain water.

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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