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Fighting Fish fight for home in Kinnickinnic

The River Falls Fighting Fish amateur baseball teams still hopes to "play ball" at home on the field in front of Kinnickinnic Town Hall.

The home field proposal came up again at the town's July 5 meeting. It first surfaced last month.

According to Town Clerk Lola Higgins, a key obstacle is light. A covenant for the property limits ground lighting to no higher than six feet.

Another issue is selling alcohol. The Town Hall property, corner of county highways J and JJ, is alcohol and tobacco free.

Higgins reminded the Town Board that if it changes that and allows alcohol for one group, it would have to do so for all.

Town Supervisor Bill Gnatzig asked if alcohol could be limited to just outside the Town Hall building. Higgins said she would have to check.

Town Supervisor John Humphrey liked the idea of hosting a baseball team in Kinnickinnic, but said the lighting restriction was huge.

Supervisor Dave Nelson questioned the size of the Town Hall ballfield, saying, "It was built for local kids to play softball, not baseball."

Nelson said he's gotten phone calls from town residents unhappy about possible noise, traffic and lighting problems from Fish baseball games.

For more on this story, please check the July 13 print edition of the River Falls Journal.