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More boundary changes approved in La Crosse voting districts; city council changes some beer garden regulations

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Some district boundaries in the city of La Crosse are being changed, ahead of the next elections.

On Thursday, the city council approved new maps, based on legislative revisions in Madison.

“We did go through a redistricting process in 2021,” city clerk Nikki Elsen told the council. “Since then, the legislative maps have been challenged at the state level, just finally being approved a little earlier.”

Elsen added that some of the wards in the city were split by new Assembly district lines.

“Wards cannot be split,” she noted. “That is a state law, so we did have to make some adjustments to our boundaries to accommodate those splits.”

The maps had to be redrawn for districts 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8. The changed lines would affect the April 2025 election for La Crosse council members.

In other council business Thursday, standard fencing rules for beer gardens in La Crosse were approved.

All commercial beer gardens in the city will have fences or barriers of a minimum height of 3.5 feet.

Until now, those fences had to be at least 6 feet high. Hedges and stone walls may also be used as barriers for beer gardens.

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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