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The Mississippi near La Crosse should re-open to barge traffic today after a three day shutdown. A tow pushing 15 barges ran aground just south of La Crosse on Tuesday, backing up commercial traffic going north and south. The barge was freed but the Army Corps kept the river closed to dredge sand in the area. The river should re-open to barge traffic at noon.
One reason that the La Crosse Center is so busy during most of the year is to make up for a drop in activities in the summer.
Center manager Art Fahey has said that big musical acts prefer outdoor concerts in the warm weather months. That leaves the arena open for other money-making events...such as conventions, and lots of wedding receptions.
The main attraction this week at the Center has been Don Zierden's basketball camp. Coach Z started the camp around the time he led the Bobcats basketball team in the late 90's. And the Milwaukee Bucks will play a pre-season game here in October, for the first time in four years.
The two felons that walked away from a correctional facility in Black River Falls only to be captured later in Florida, will not be coming back to the Badger state anytime soon.
The five-year anniversary of a deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis has brought attention to the condition of other Minnesota bridges...
In Winona, Mayor Jerry Miller has been busy trying to work out repairs or a replacement of the aging river bridge. Miller says Winona is getting plenty of help from elected leaders, from the governor to U-S Senators.
Less than a year after the Twin Cities disaster, Winona's bridge was shut down for several days after the discovery of corroded gusset plates.