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Cast members from “Little House on the Prairie” to take riverboat rides in La Crosse on Sunday



Fans of author Laura Ingalls Wilder and the 1970s TV show “Little House on the Prairie” will be in La Crosse on Mother’s Day to celebrate the stories of the Ingalls family.

Sunday cruises on the La Crosse Queen riverboat will be part of a weekend of Wisconsin activities marking 50 years since the Michael Landon television series made its debut.

Since the Ingalls family lived in the Pepin, Wis., area for a time, what’s the La Crosse connection?

Event spokesman Jack Bishop said the lure of a riverboat led to a La Crosse celebration.

“We looked for the closest riverboat to Pepin, and that was La Crosse,” Bishop said. “We’re excited to be coming to La Crosse for the day events on Sunday, and getting to spend it with many mothers on a special treat.”

Tickets for the Sunday cruises are $100. Friday and Saturday there will be a meet-and-greet in Pepin. Tickets for that are $12 — $6 for kids 12 and under.

Several cast members from the “Little House” series will take part in the visit, including Dean Butler, who played Laura’s husband Almanzo Wilder.

Other events for the “Little House” anniversary are scheduled later this year in cities such as Branson, Missouri and Hartford, Connecticut.

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. Marjorie Kraus

    May 13, 2024 at 7:13 pm

    I remember watching the movie that introduced the show. My husband and I were camping in the bowels of the earth, in a campground in Big Bend, Texas, which is located inside an old volcano. I am not making this up. Upon leaving, it was so steep to the campground that two hikers were taking bets on whether our Volkswagen camper could make it up the hill, at the top of which was a stop sign. You guessed right if you thought we didn’t stop for it. Watching The movie was tough because we couldn’t get a good signal. I still enjoy watching the reruns today. I should mention that we were traveling in a Volkswagen camper, which didn’t have a lot of horsepower.????

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