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Holmen Boys and Girls Club has ribbon cutting

Brad Williams

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For about three decades, many shoppers bought their groceries at a Festival Store near Holmen Middle School. 

Those families can now send their kids to that same building for sports, education, and other activities. 

The Dave and Barb Skogen Boys and Girls Club has been dedicated in the old Festival building, expanded to include a gym. 

On Thursday, Dave Skogen again thanked Ace Hardware for passing up a chance to buy the former store, so his family could donate it to the Boys and Girls Club for decades of future use.

“There will be students here, who play ball here, who grow up here, who” be safe here,” said Skogen. “That’s what it’s about, the hundreds of thousands of people long after most of us are gone who’ll be using this facility.”

Skogen repeated his claim that a Boys and Girls Club is what the building “was meant to be.

Festival moved out of the building when a bigger store opened recently a short distance away on Highway 35.    

The old store was remodeled at a cost of around $7 million, and it includes a new community 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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