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City of La Crosse will give away free masks Saturday

Kaitlyn Riley

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As part of on-going efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of La Crosse will be giving out free, reusable face masks that meet CDC recommendations to the public Saturday, Oct. 17.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of La Crosse has been focused on ensuring our
community is as safe as possible” Mayor Tim Kabat said. “We are continuing with this effort by offering masks that meet CDC recommendations to all members of our community at no cost to them. Through grant funding, we have the ability to do this and I personally feel it is important to empower our community to follow this common-sense approach to prevent the spread.”

The event will be set up as a drive-through pick-up to minimize direct contact. Vehicles can enter on Myrick Park Drive and follow signs Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. One mask will be provided per member of each household with a limit of five masks per household.


Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.