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MOSES goes virtual next year, skips La Crosse

Brad Williams

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One of the biggest annual conventions held in La Crosse won’t be coming to the city in 2021. 

La Crosse Center manager Art Fahey says the MOSES organic farming conference will be done virtually next year, instead of under one roof, because of COVID-19. 

Fahey says the MOSES organizers had to make decisions now on whether to go ahead with a physical meeting that was planned for next February.     

The three-day conference brings hundreds of visitors to La Crosse, and organizers tell Fahey they intend to come back to La Crosse in 2022.  

The 2020 MOSES meeting happened just before the La Crosse Center renovation began, and the plan was to have most of the construction done in time for next year’s conference.  

Fahey tells his board of directors that the building had a deficit of $230,000 in the first half of 2020, mostly because of event cancellations. 

At this time a year ago, the center had a profit of $423,000. 

However, Fahey says that many of the groups which cancelled already this year are making plans to return to La Crosse within a couple of years.  

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.