It’s taken nearly two years to fix, but a popular artwork in downtown La Crosse is about to be returned to its usual spot, in time for Riverfest.
The Elmer Petersen eagle is being brought back to Riverside Park on Wednesday morning, 21 months after it was removed for restoration.
The big bird on a metal pedestal has been a landmark on the riverfront since the late 1980’s.
Installation is set to begin around 10 a.m.
The eagle was taken down in September of 2020, just a few weeks after the Hiawatha Indian statue at the north end of Riverside Park was removed permanently because of citizen complaints.
The park will be closed off and on for the installation, and there could be traffic delays in the area.