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La Crosse city committee endorses new food-drink coordinator for La Crosse Center



The La Crosse Center is hoping to expand its catering and concessions staff.

The recent expansion of the civic center increased the demand for food and drink service in the building, so the center wants to hire an assistant supervisor for food and beverage.

La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department director Jay Odegaard said COVID-19 had an effect on area catering businesses.

“A lot of the local catering companies either folded up or couldn’t have staff to service the catering need,” Odegaard told the city council Finance and Judiciary committee on Thursday.

He added that there are two fulltime staffers for food and drink now, and this would increase the fulltime staff in that area to three.

The committee approved the hiring request, and sent it to the full city council, which meets Thursday. The proposed position would pay about $57,000 a year.

Odegaard noted that the La Crosse Center should have about 22 fulltime employees working food and concessions. Right now, it has 15.

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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