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La Crosse celebrates Tree City status on Arbor Day



Several yearly celebrations had to be cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic, including La Crosse’s annual tree planting ceremony for Arbor Day.  But this year, Arbor Day is back, with kids and grownups gathering at the city’s Badger Hickey Park on Friday morning to plant a linden tree near the playground. 

Northside council member Andrea Richmond read a proclamation from the mayor’s office, celebrating La Crosse’s status as a Tree City, USA.    

The 7-year-old greenspire linden was grown at a nursery in Green Bay. 

The La Crosse park department has conducted an Arbor Day ceremony at the end of April for more than 30 years.        

The children who helped dig a hole for the tree and spread wood chips were students from First Lutheran Elementary School. 

Chips placed around the tree have been recycled from ash trees that the city had to remove because of destruction from the emerald ash borer.     


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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