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$5 million gift to Mayo facility in La Crosse from Fastenal co-founder

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A Winona family has given $5 million to Mayo of La Crosse for expansion of the hospital’s local cancer center.

Stephen and Barbara Slaggie and their relatives have been patients of Mayo for decades.

The cancer facility, next to the La Crosse medical center on West Avenue, will be named after the Slaggies as a result of the gift.

The center is adding nearly 4000 square feet of space, including nine new exam rooms, and should be finished later this year.

Steve Slaggie is a co-founder of Fastenal in Winona.

Dr. Paul Mueller, Mayo vice president based in La Crosse, calls the family’s gift ‘tremendously generous.’

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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