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Eagle sculpture may return to La Crosse’s Riverside Park in a few weeks

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The Eagle sculpture could be back on La Crosse’s riverfront soon. 

Jim Flottmeyer from the city park department tells the La Crosse arts board that the Elmer Petersen artwork, being restored by craftsman Al Schultz, is just about finished.  

Both the bird and its tree trunk pedestal had become corroded. They may return to Riverside Park in late spring or early summer. 

The Eagle was first put on display in 1987.  It was removed from the park in September of 2020 for the restoration project, shortly after the Hiawatha Indian statue was permanently taken out of the same city park.  

The price tag for restoration was estimated at $150,000.    

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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