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Lines are long waiting to get into festgrounds; technical problems blamed

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The usual Friday festivities during Oktoberfest have been delayed because of tech trouble which is keeping security from scanning passes into the southside festgrounds.

Lines a block or two long to the north and south of the main gate have been waiting to get in since before 11 a.m., with several people deciding to leave for now. Police officials arrived at the scene to see if they could help solve the problem.

The Friday of fest usually features the Tapping of the Golden Keg around 11 a.m.

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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