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Mayo donates $75k to police program located near hospital

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A $75,000 check will go a long way for one program at the La Crosse Police Dept.

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse donated the money Tuesday to the Neighborhood Resource Officer program to help keep two officers on patrol in the Washburn neighborhood near the hospital.

La Crosse police chief Ron Tischer believes the regular presence of the two officers has helped make the area near Mayo and Viterbo University safer.

“We’ve seen kind of this revitalization of this neighborhood the past few years here and some of the problems were perception,” Tischer said. “It wasn’t really what was happening in the neighborhood.”

The program was launched in the Washburn area four years ago. People living there have gotten to know their officers and the officers know the neighbors.

“We’ve built quite a few, very positive relationships in the neighborhood,” Tyler Rachwal, an NRO in the Washburn area, said. “We hear about those relationships every day. If we’re talking to someone about a specific problem they’re having, and we solve that for them, they let us know that they’re happy and their neighbors are happy … that the problem is gone.”

Mayo has donated to that police program for all four years.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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