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Faithful march across the river, over the bridge, to La Crosse during pilgrimage

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Hundreds of pilgrims have arrived in La Crosse, as part of a long Midwestern journey taking them from northern Minnesota to a Catholic church congress happening next month in Indiana.

Priests and other church officials led followers on foot from Pettibone Island across the Cameron Avenue bridge into La Crosse on Friday. The pilgrimage looped through part of downtown to the La Crosse Center, where they gathered to attend a late morning service.

Priests lead pilgrims into the La Crosse Center as part of a Midwestern journey on Friday

The group will visit the Shrine of Guadalupe outside La Crosse on Saturday, and spend a few more days traveling throughout the Diocese of La Crosse, heading toward Wausau and Green Bay before going along Lake Michigan and through the Chicago area.

This specific pilgrimage began at Lake Itasca in Minnesota on May 17th. The group visiting La Crosse plans to attend the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis on July 14th.

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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