WKBT-TV's new stairwell holds a lot of history.
On Wednesday afternoon, news director Anne Paape placed a time capsule in the stairwell before construction workers closed it up.
The station is undergoing a substantial station remodel, which includes a new newsroom, lobby and front of the building on 6th Street in downtown La Crosse. Construction began in the end of February and is now just months away from completion.
Paape and station managers wanted to give their employees a chance to send a message to future WKBT-TV employees and show how the station has grown.
Here's the written message on the outside of the time capsule:
"Hello WKBT colleagues! This chest contains pieces of our station's past. We wanted to give you a small sense of how this TV station grew up over the years and the many people who made this station something special."
Here are some of the items the station stored, thanks to suggestions from some of News 8 viewers and WKBT News8000 and WKBT News 8 This Morning Facebook fans:
• News 8 This Morning coffee mug
• WKBT News 8 Anchor Jennifer Livingston's anti-bullying message
• A picture of current gas prices ($3.69/gal unleaded)
• DVD copies of recent newscasts
• An old NewsChannel 8 mic flag
• Pictures of the newsroom remodel