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Godden on War Eagle steamboat history, as La Crosse Center considers mural; Koch on tire “mulch” playground study



FILE - War Eagle steamboat (PHOTO: UW-La Crosse Historic Steamboat Photographs)

Two great guests Thursday on two totally unrelated topics that included the La Crosse Center Board considering a War Eagle mural for the side of the building, and also a study on the tire “mulch” that covers a lot of school playgrounds.

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

That’s where we began, with UW-La Crosse graduate Grace Koch, who joins to talk about a study she did on the toxic chemicals that children interact with on playgrounds that are made up of that tire “mulch.”


Koch’s study helped lead the city to convert Crowley Park into wood chips, but many school parks remain with the rubber surface.

After that, UW-La Crosse archivist Laura Godden in studio to talk about the history of the War Eagle steamboat that remains sunk just north of Riverside Park in the Mississippi River.

The La Crosse Center Board is considering a War Eagle mural on the side of the building. Is there a better option? 

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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