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Kids and grownups get to “Touch a Truck” to celebrate public works in La Crosse



La Crosse city employees from several departments showed off some of their hardest-working machines on Thursday.

The yearly Touch a Truck open house was held on Isle La Plume, where police cars, dump trucks, and construction equipment were on display. Some of the vehicles even were demonstrated, as young people got to honk the horn on a bus, or blow the siren on a police car.

A La Crosse city worker uses his equipment to stack boulders

The operator of a large excavator used the machine to pile big boulders into a stack.

Vehicles used by several departments were parked near the MTU bus barn.

This large machine can be used to pour concrete for street projects

Mayor Mitch Reynolds gave a proclamation for National Public Works Week. The mayor remarked that it’s exciting “as a kid, when you walk up to these pieces of equipment, and they’re just so enormous.”

“The big snowblower over here from the airport, that thing is just vast,” said Reynolds. “When you think about how massive that must look to a child…it’s awe-inspiring, it really is.” Reynolds said he’s tried a few of the big rigs himself.

The event was designed to allow city residents up close to public works vehicles they might see every day.

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. Ann johnson

    June 30, 2023 at 8:38 am

    How many times do u have to repeat this ???

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