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No city-sponsored ceremony for Indigenous Day this year

Brad Williams

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Many government workers may get a day off Monday because it’s a federal holiday, but the city of La Crosse won’t have a formal celebration, because of COVID-19. 

The city doesn’t recognize the second Monday of October as Columbus Day any more. 

Two years ago, city leaders changed the name of the government holiday to Indigenous People’s Day. 

A celebration involving Mayor Tim Kabat and other local leaders took place last year at Myrick Park, where some Native American burial mounds are located. 

That observance has been called off, but the city has landscaped the area, so people can easily see where the mounds are.     

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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