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Memorial to old Naval Reserve Center being discussed by La Crosse city committee



La Crosse used to have a Naval Reserve Center on Green Bay Street for decades, until it was torn down 15 years ago, making way for housing.

After the building was removed, a campaign began to mark the site with a memorial to the Reserve Center. That project is now gaining momentum with the city Finance and Personnel committee considering a proposal at Thursday night’s monthly meeting for a transfer of land to a developer with the goal of installing a navy memorial there.

“I think we just need to get started talking,” former city council member Tom Sweeney, the chair of a committee planning a memorial, said. “Now that (home construction) is basically done over there, with the homes being built, now it’s really time to sit down and look at what can happen there.”

The Navy moved out of the reserve center in 2006, according to Sweeney.

The full city council will be asked to review the memorial plans and decide on how to use certain land at the reserve site next week Thursday.

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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