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Community dinner returns to La Crosse Center for 40th Thanksgiving

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Volunteers are getting ready for one of La Crosse’s biggest dinners of the year on Thursday. 

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner begins at 10 a.m. at the La Crosse Center, with serving until 3.  The deadline for ordering deliveries has passed, but you can still get carry-outs at the Center. 

Ruth McQuiston-Keil of the planning committee is happy to have people dining at the Center again, after the pandemic prevented a big gathering in 2020.

“We are not doing temperature check this year, you don’t need waivers this year, but we are asking that everyone please wear masks just for your safety and everybody else’s,” she says.    

More than three thousand turkey dinners were still served last year, as take-out orders.      

It’s the 40th year of the holiday event, and once again, there will be a craft area for kids, and big-screen TV’s will show the day’s football games. 

Other area communities also have dinners planned Thursday, including one at the Onalaska National Guard Armory.      

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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