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Damaged fishing pier at Copeland Park is removed, to be replaced soon

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A popular fishing spot on La Crosse’s north side is pier-less for now.

A temporary pier at Copeland Park has been removed, because people had broken off safety railings so they could fish on the Black River.

Jim Flottmeyer from the park department says there are other good fishing locations available, including at Pettibone Park, and people can still fish from the shore at Copeland.

The previous Copeland pier had been in use for 20 years. Flottmeyer is still waiting for some parts to be delivered before a new pier can be installed.

Federal money is being used to pay the $60,000 cost of the new fishing pier.

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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