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Quack to the future: Bronze ducklings and mother could be the next works of art on La Crosse riverfront



Make way for ducklings! 

La Crosse’s Riverside Park could soon be the home of a permanent family of ducks, made of bronze. 

The family of former La Crosse city clerk Aubrey Kroner and her husband George would like to donate a sculpture of a mother duck and four ducklings to the city. 

The Kroners’ daughter Barbara says the family would like the sculpture along the riverfront, close to the La Crosse Queen dock, but park officials also have suggested Myrick Park as an alternate site.

The city’s heritage preservation commission will be asked to weigh in on the donation, to see whether it fits in with the historic nature of Riverside Park.     

Aubrey Kroner was La Crosse city clerk for almost 20 years, from the 1970’s to the 90’s.   Members of city park board wonder whether people could trip over the statues, or whether real ducks might be confused by the unreal ones.

The preferred site for the bronze ducks is where live ducks often gather to feed, a short distance from where the Hiawatha statue used to stand.


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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