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La Crosse’s arts board to remain advisory

Brad Williams

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How much power will the La Crosse arts board have in placing works of art around the city?  Probably not too much. 

The city council judiciary committee has passed a resolution basically restricting the arts board to being a consulting body. 

Many of the recent decisions about art works in La Crosse, such as removing the Hiawatha statue from Riverside Park, have been made by the park board. 

Parks director Jay Odegaard says decisions made by the arts board would not take away the authority of other government bodies. 

A resolution going to the full council next week will define the arts board role as suggesting art works to be displayed and commenting on policies. 

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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