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Xcel plans to dig up old power line buried in Riverside Park

Brad Williams

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There will be more digging in La Crosse’s Riverside Park this year. 

Besides the rebuilding of the bandstand and creation of a new canopy, Xcel Energy needs to replace a buried cable running through the park.

Xcel land rights agent Dawn Schultz told La Crosse’s park board Thursday that the replacement project is planned for September through November, with time off during Oktoberfest. 

The digging would take place mostly inside the grassy area of the park, with little disruption of traffic through Riverside.

The park board approved the replacement and board member Todd Olson asked the power company to replace any trees that might be uprooted by the project, saying “if you know this board, we don’t like losing trees.”

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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