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Over four thousand people will be in the area this weekend as The La Crosse
Central Basketball Association will play host to a 92 team, 7th grade
basketball tournament. It's the 7th year of the state championships and we asked Tourney Director, Todd Fergot, what makes La Crosse the basketbal destination.
Virtually every hotel is filled, restaurants and fast food places will be busy, and over $ 600 thousand is estimated will be spent during the weekend here in La Crosse / Onalaska. The games will be played both Saturday and Sunday.
Do you want to get in on city government, on the ground floor?
The La Crosse City Council has an opening. But you have to live in the 5th district, the university area, to be eligible. Eric Schmidt just resigned from that council seat this month. City clerk Teri Lehrke is accepting letters of application at her City Hall office until 5 p-m on April 23rd. The council will choose a successor to Schmidt at its May meetings, and the new member will serve until next April.
There's no snow in the forecast for La Crosse through Saturday, which means this March could rank among the least snowy ones on record.
La Crosse has received just five-tenths of an inch of snow this month, barely putting it in the bottom 10 list for the lowest amount of snowfall in March. The driest March ever in the city was just two years ago, with no snow recorded at all. Precipitation in the city since August 1st is about one-third below the normal amount for the period. But at the Alma dam in Buffalo County, moisture is almost 50 per cent below normal.
The steady increase in oil and gas prices this year is being felt by airline travelers as well as drivers.
From Friedman's Hobbit Travel in La Crosse, agent Dave Friedman is seeing air fares rise by about 100 dollars in a very short time. He says some of that can be blamed on lower ridership and the practice of adding charges onto a ticket.
Friedman says plane tickets might be lower if there were more competition among companies...but mergers and bankruptcies are reducing the number of active airlines.
The Packers' most recent Super Bowl hero is heading to La Crosse. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who has become one of the top two receivers on the Packers' roster after his commanding Super Bowl performance last year, will be on the bus for this year's Packers Tailgate Tour. The tour begins in La Crosse with a stop at the Oktoberfest grounds on May 15th. Kicker Mason Crosby will also be there as well as Packers Hall of Famers William Henderson, Larry McCarren and Marco Rivera and team president Mark Murphy. Tickets will be available at Festival stores and proceeds fund a local charity. The La Crosse stop is one of five planned for the tailgate tour around the state.