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Mayo in La Crosse losing its two highest-ranking executives

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The two highest-ranking executives at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse are leaving their posts.

Dr. Tim Johnson and Joe Kruse have been the top administrators for Mayo facilities in southwest Wisconsin.

Johnson, who was with Mayo in La Crosse eight years, leaves the regional vice president for southwest Wisconsin in September to a full-time practice as a doctor of muscle and skeletal specialties.

Kruse plans to retire at the end of the year as the regional administration chairman for Mayo Clinic Health System in the southwest Wisconsin region to spend more time in La Crosse with family and pursue outside interests. As a past Festmaster, Kruse, who was with Mayo 34 years, will remain active with Oktoberfest.

Their announced departures leave lots of time for Mayo to find successors, who can transition with the two executives. A nationwide search will be conducted.

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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