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La Crosse County to decide on ARPA funding for local groups and festivals



Some popular La Crosse area celebrations are still in the running for government relief money, to make up for revenue lost during the COVID-19 outbreak.

La Crosse County’s executive committee Wednesday said it’s reviewing requests for up to $10,000 each in American Rescue Plan Act money.

More requests were received by the January deadline than there is money available, so the county committee could take some events off the list — or reduce the size of the grants.

The original county plan was to spend the $90,000 fund by giving equal amounts to nine area events, including Oktoberfest and Riverfest.

The grant proposal has been criticized for offering money to festivals that could be put to other uses, like helping the poor.

Grant applications have been received from June Dairy Days, Artspire, Bangor Fun Days and other organizations.

The executive committee may weed out groups that didn’t meet all the requirements in applying for those grants.

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. Kent Porter

    February 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    How about using the ARPA money for what it was intended for , like paying county workers that had to take 10 days off because someone had covid in their familyand didn’t get paid ( Later it was only 5 days , just shows you they didn’t know what the hell they were doing ) and pay folks that couldnt go to work because of covid whos employers didnt pay them , instead of giving it to HOMELESS MOTEL ROOMS AND CAMPING IN OUR PARK , 2 MILLION DOLLARS , now the Mayor is going to give it to FESTIVALS , YOU GOTTA BE SH-ting ME , Write in Kent Porter for Mayor , Mayor of the Northside , we gotta fix this JUNK

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