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La Crosse Mayor Reynolds gets leadership post on group of Mississippi Valley mayors



La Crosse may get a little more clout on matters related to the Mississippi River valley, by being part of a group of river communities that just had a meeting in Minnesota.

The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative held its annual meeting this week in Bemidji, and La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds was selected as a co-chair of the organization to help improve cities and towns along the big river.

“La Crosse is one of the first members of that group that, over the last 12 years, has gained significantly in influence on the national stage,” Reynolds told the La Crosse city council on Thursday.

Reynolds was also listed as a “featured mayor” at the group’s meeting.

La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds represents the city in a coalition of Mississippi Valley mayors that met this week

He added the group includes 104 mayors from cities in all 10 states along the Mississippi, from northern Minnesota south to New Orleans.

Reynolds said his aim is to represent the city of La Crosse, “not only with this organization, but also on the national stage and with the eye towards not only improving the Mississippi River corridor, but helping our city as well.”

The mayors’ conference included reports on issues such as plastic pollution in and along the Mississippi.

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. R head

    September 15, 2023 at 8:02 am

    If they want Mitch in leadership they are headed for failure.

    • Yvonne

      September 18, 2023 at 3:39 pm

      I’m sure the other Mississippi Mayors aren’t aware of Mitch’s do nothing style of governing.
      Sadly we have no Mayoral leader who wants to make La Crosse the # 1 city of 50,000 in Wisconsin that tourists want to visit.

  2. IIta

    September 16, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    His retail political skills are terrible. Has no clue what servant leadership means. Hope the Dems come to their senses and throw this fish back.

  3. Pecuniary

    September 17, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Is that Riverside Park levy project completed yet?

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