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UWL firehouse plan advances

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The plans for a new La Crosse fire station at UWL move a step ahead at City Hall. 
The board of public works has approved a request by the university to vacate one block of 14th Street, on the far west edge of the campus. 

The university’s director of planning, Scott Schumacher, says the state doesn’t have any project in mind for that block.    

The La Crosse fire department wants to put a new firehouse near La Crosse Street, close to Coate Hall and the Whitney Center.  

The block has needed repair, and fire chief Ken Gilliam says the decision could help his department get started on a new firehouse.    

Just last month, the city council voted to start work on the campus-area fire station, making that location the top priority over a new station on Gillette Street. 

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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