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La Crosse Tornado Damages 200 Homes, Businesses

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Storm damage in La Crosse, Wis. (Credit: La Crosse Tribune)

Storm damage in La Crosse, Wis. (Credit: La Crosse Tribune)

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A La Crosse roller derby league is looking for a new practice space after the tornado damaged one of their practice facilities.

Amanda Boucher, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Valley Mayhem, says the tornado came through Sunday not long before their practice would have started at the Green Island Ice Arena.

She says some skaters arrive early and might have been there but were competing in the Milwaukee area.

Parks’ superintendent, Gar Amunson, says the building had an estimated $175,000 of damage. Officials say at least 200 area homes and businesses were damaged.

Boucher says they also practice at a roller rink and are unsure if that was also damaged. She says they have to find some place this week to practice for a Saturday bout.

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