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Friday the 13th groundbreaking planned for La Crosse Center expansion

Brad Williams

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If you’re waiting for the La Crosse city council to take a decisive, final vote on proceeding with the La Crosse Center expansion plan, you may have missed it. 

Actually, one final vote on the $42-million project really isn’t needed, because several of the construction contracts have already been approved by the council. 

Center director Art Fahey says agreements for steel and concrete work were given the OK earlier this month.

Fahey announced Tuesday that the groundbreaking date for the renovation is set for 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 13. It will probably take place near the main arena entrance at 2nd and Pearl streets.

Fahey also said he considers Friday the 13th just another day on the calendar. 

Much of the construction is planned between the 2020 and 2021 meetings of the MOSES organic farming conference, which is one of the biggest events every year at the La Crosse Center.

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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