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Race against the calendar to draw new county board maps for La Crosse County

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A La Crosse County panel appointed to draw new county board districts will have a relatively short time to do that task. 

After losing a year of preparation because of COVID-19, the committee has just over four months to draw maps based on the new census before candidates can start filing for the April election.  Committee chair Monica Kruse says they’ve have to push “pedal to the metal.”

“There was an attempt in the legislature…to push the process up, to allow more time, and to go with the established old maps,” Kruse tells the committee. “But the governor vetoed that.”    

The redistricting panel had its first meeting on Tuesday. 

Kruse says a public hearing on a tentative district map is set for September 13th, and she hopes to have the maps approved by the end of November.

County leaders had said earlier this year that the current 29-district map might have to be used again for next year’s board races, because of delays in getting census figures.  

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.