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Center income $200K ahead of this time last year but board not happy with some design plans



The La Crosse Center says it is finishing the first half of 2019 in very good financial shape.

Center director Art Fahey said the building is almost $200,000 above the income level it had at this time last year — at $579,000 through the end of May.

The president of the center board, Brent Smith, said they can afford to put away some of that income for future rainy days, with a renovation project coming up.

Meanwhile, new designs for the $42 million Center expansion caused some controversy Tuesday.

Center board members were not happy that a proposed new ballroom would not have windows directly looking out onto the Mississippi River.

They asked designers to make changes.

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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