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Friday - May 18, 2018 8:47 am

Maid-Rite approved as historic site

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City already has ordered old cafe to be demolished

It may be in the shadow of a wrecking ball right now, but a long-time cafe in north La Crosse has been declared a historic local landmark by a city commission. 

The Heritage Preservation Commission voted Thursday night to give landmark status to the Maid-Rite building on Caledonia Street. 

The Maid-Rite closed its doors two years ago, and the city has issued an order to tear down the 137-year-old building. 

Owner Joe Van Aelstyn described to the commission how he hopes to restore much of the building to its original style. 

A court hearing on the demolition order is scheduled in June.


Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad 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.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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