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Onalaska supports area guidelines for permitting larger gatherings

Brad Williams

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The city of Onalaska is preparing to allow more special events, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues. 

On Tuesday night, the city council rescinded an order limiting crowd sizes, and adopted guidelines called the Coulee COVID-19 Compass. 

Onalaska Mayor Kim Smith says the local health experts have more information on the virus than city leaders do.    

The Compass guidelines were challenged by Onalaska Alderman Steven Nott, who says the latest research on COVID suggests that widespread shutdowns haven’t done much to stop the disease. 

After debate, though, Nott joined other council members in supporting the change.  

The new suggestions could allow more events, such as a series of ‘Great River Sound’ concerts starting 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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