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Oktoberfest calmer this year according to police numbers

Oktoberfest calmer this year according to police numbers

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Another Oktoberfest is in the books and the festivities were a little more calm compared to previous years.

The La Crosse Police Department had better footing in the campus housing areas this year with the temporary base of operations at the Aguilera building on the edge of UW- La Crosse's campus.

The Police Department says the downtown aid station was also a success this year thanks to support from businesses and the community.

Overall officers say they are happy with how this year's festivities were handled.

"This was a very safe Oktoberfest. From a law enforcement perspective, very successful, very happy with how things went, very few large incidents. We're always going to have some enforcement, that's part of what we have to do," says La Crosse Police Department Captain Jason Melby.

As many may have expected the La Crosse Police Department had an above average number of calls this weekend.

From about five o'clock Thursday night to midnight Sunday the department received 1,049 calls- about double a normal weekend.

That number is still below the 1,177 seen last year though.

Preliminary numbers as of this morning show the police issued 104 under age drinking tickets, only one OWI, and 14 other alcohol-related tickets. Those numbers are expected to increase.

Both Gundersen and Mayo saw 25 visits to their emergency rooms for alcohol-related issues which is also down from last year.

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