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Flooding forces Workers Memorial Day service to different location this year



A memorial service held every April in La Crosse is being moved to a different site this week, because the usual riverfront location is getting flooded.

The Workers Memorial Day ceremony, always scheduled for April 28th, will happen Friday afternoon at Chad Erickson Park, near the Trane Company headquarters.

The traditional site for the event is outside the Green Island Ice Arena, which sits along the rising Mississippi River.

The La Crosse service to honor people who died on the job was held again in person last year, after two years of going virtual because of COVID-19.

The memorial ceremony will begin Friday at 5 p.m., and is expected to include the traditional planting of crosses to honor area individuals whose deaths were at work, or work-related.

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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