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La Crosse Center expansion on schedule

Brad Williams

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The $42 million makeover of the La Crosse Center is moving along well, four months into construction, according to a contractor on the project. 

In a report to the La Crosse board of public works, Peter Linsmeier with Kraus Anderson says improvements to the main arena should be finished in about a month.

The original seating from 40 years ago is being replaced, and that phase of the work may end in mid-August.  

Linsmeier says the contractors are trying to keep workers healthy, amid the coronavirus outbreak, pointing out that the 50 to 75 staffers at the center each day have to sign in daily and be checked for signs of illness.

Most of the construction is scheduled to be finished by early 2021, when large meetings could return to 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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