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La Crosse County committee proposes $90,000 in relief funding for communities with festivals like Oktoberfest, Kornfest

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A La Crosse County Executive Committee is ready to donate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) relief money to several cities and towns to support annual festivals.

The committee has supported a resolution to donate a total of $90,000 in ARPA funds to communities that may have lost revenue during the pandemic when events such as Oktoberfest, Riverfest, and Holmen Kornfest were cancelled. The plan goes to the entire county board for a possible vote on September 15th.

The resolution approved Wednesday was a change from a proposal to directly give $10,000 each to organizers of nine festivals within the county. The amendments were made to remove references to specific festivals, and make the funding more general to communities as a whole.

Committee member Kim Cable opposed the plan, saying that funding could be better used to help the area homeless. Generally, however, the committee backed the $90,000 in ARPA funding.

“I think it’s good for the county board to say we support our local communities, and we can support these organizations that are putting on these events,” supervisor Pam Viner said.

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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  1. Jon Papenfuss

    September 10, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Obsurd!
    Take Kim’s advice help our community’s less fortunate.
    Help feed our impoverished kids.
    Quit worrying about partying and start following in Christ’s path.
    In these times we need to take care of our community members. Especially the less fortunate with climate change and inflation. How can anybody justify giving relief money which is supposed to be relief money for parties. It’s totally ridiculous to think that relief money should be spent on a party we have no problems in this County throwing parties all you have to do is drop a keg out in the middle of the driveway somewhere and you got the next October Fest. It disgusts me in a lot of other people that I’m living around such horrible Christians. What would Jesus do I don’t think he’d be heading for the kegger when we got 300 homeless people down in houska. So let’s all kneel down say a prayer and do the right thing and pull our heads out of our butts. Then we can walk down to the local pub and have one together and be happy because we gave some homeless people a roof over their head. Then next year they can join us at Octoberfest cuz they won’t be suffering anymore. Gee it’s called doing the right thing why don’t we try doing that in this County for a while. You all have a good day and God bless

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