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La Crosse is finalist for quidditch tournament

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UCLA vs Arkansas at the Quidditch World Cup 7 on April 6, 2014, in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Ben Holland Photography)

Welcome, wizards? 

Besides being the home of the WIAA high school state track meet, and some big dart tournaments, La Crosse could soon host a large quidditch tournament. 

The U.S. Quidditch organization, which runs contests of the game inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies, says La Crosse could be a site for a Midwest Regional championship in 2020 and 2021. 

No, children won’t be flying around on brooms.  This form of quidditch is a ground-bound adaptation from J.K. Rowling’s creation. The full-contact sport combines elements of rugby, dodgeball and tag.

The group, based in Michigan, will announce this week whether the tournament goes to La Crosse or to a suburb of Omaha. 

If the tourney comes to La Crosse, it would be played at the Fields for Kids, in the northside industrial park area. 

A tourism official told the Omaha World-Herald that host cities of previous U.S. Quidditch events have seen an economic impact of $150,000 to $300,000.

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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