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“Food for Fines” approved, to pay La Crosse parking tickets



Nobody likes getting parking tickets, especially around the holidays, but the city of La Crosse hopes to make parking a little less painful this Christmas. 

The city board of public works has approved a holiday promotion called “Food for Fines.”    

Greg Elsen, La Crosse’s new parking utility coordinator, introduced the idea Monday at a public works meeting.  

Donations equal to the amount of a parking ticket will be accepted from between Dec. 2-30.  Donations could include food or new clothing, along with a receipt with the cost of the item.

Elsen says the city has already met its parking budget for 2019, so they don’t expect to miss much revenue from fines in December.  

The donated “Food for Fines” items will be given to local shelters. 

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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