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Signed beam is raised to the roof of La Crosse Center expansion project



A white girder signed by dozens of people has been installed at the top of an expansion area of the La Crosse Center on Wednesday morning.

The civic center invited community leaders and users of the building to sign a beam that is being used for expansion of the 40-year-old complex. 

The signed beam was flown into place on Wednesday morning, during a ‘topping out’ ceremony to finish one phase of construction at the center. 

The $42 million project, which includes a new ballroom and a rebuilt main entrance off 2nd Street, is scheduled to be finished early next year.

Mayor Tim Kabat spoke at the brief ceremony, saying the project along the riverfront gives him hope for the future of the local economy.

The beam eventually will be placed in the lobby area of the La Crosse Center. 

Planners hope to have the North Hall rebuilt and opened by early next year, with other parts being finished later.  

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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