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La Crosse Center holds ribbon ceremony for newly rebuilt portions

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The latest phase of the La Crosse Center remodeling has been finished, with the North Hall and the lobby open for business. 

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat was among the VIP’s to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony…where the oversized scissors couldn’t actually cut through the ribbon. 

But Kabat says the $42 million project so far has been moving along quite well, with the new North Hall taking the place of what was “a hole in the ground” less than a year ago.    

The original North Hall was demolished and rebuilt, and the expanded lobby is still getting finishing touches.  A new ballroom and riverfront addition are scheduled to be done this fall.

Center board president Brent Smith says bringing events back to the arena, such as the recent state high school basketball tournaments, shows how the building can benefit the community.

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.