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Bandshell fund drive now within $200,000 of goal



Dairyland Power of La Crosse donates $10,000 to the Riverside Park bandshell project

Backers of the bandshell project for La Crosse’s Riverside Park are inching closer to their fundraising goal.

Dairyland Power has just donated $10,000 to help build a canopy over the park bandstand, which is being renovated.

That check brings the donation total up to $651,000…which is just $200,000 short of the target.

Footings for the canopy will be installed just after Riverfest in July, and the combined bandstand and canopy are expected to be finished by the first week of September.

The biggest donations will go toward paving bricks to be placed behind the audience area of the bandstand.

A temporary stage will be assembled in the park next week, to be used by most of the outdoor concerts planned for this summer.

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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