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Big boat agreement for La Crosse is in the works

Brad Williams

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La Crosse’s park board could take a big step tonight to bring more large cruise boats to the riverfront. 

Park department project specialist Jim Flottmeyer says the board could approve docking agreements with the American Queen company and Viking Cruise Lines.  The preparations include extending the levee in Riverside Park, so as many as three large boats could dock at the same time.    

The Viking line, known for its cruises on famous rivers in Europe, plans to have cruises on the Mississippi for the first time in 2022, with the first visit to La Crosse in July of next year.              

The American Queen company would have an 11-year agreement to dock at Riverside Park.  The Viking company is already taking reservations for the Mississippi cruises, promoting day stops in La Crosse and Red Wing, and tours to Decorah.

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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