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Storm nearly cancels La Crosse city meeting



“That was exciting as all hell.”

La Crosse city council president Martin Gaul was commenting Tuesday night during an on-line city meeting which was almost called on account of rain.  And strong winds. 

Storms blew through the city around 6:30 p.m., while the judiciary committee was conducting a live-stream meeting, causing power outages at the homes of some committee members. 

Council member Scott Neumeister even watched a tree fall into his backyard swimming pool during the storm. 

There was momentary talk of adjourning the meeting when some members lost their phone or video connections, but after a few minutes, the committee went on with its meeting.

The committee was discussing a zoning change for property on Rose Street when the storms developed.

Members approved plans for a new housing development in the 200 block of Rose Street, so the project goes to the full council next week.  

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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