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Bill LaRue chosen as Riverfest Commodore for 2019

Brad Williams

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He used to be part of a ‘Blues Brothers’ act in the La Crosse area.

Now, Bill LaRue is wearing the blue blazer of a Riverfest Commodore.

LaRue and his wife Tari will preside over the 2019 Riverfest in La Crosse, from July 3rd through 6th.

Besides playing a Blues Brother, LaRue worked as a dance DJ years ago, but is now employed at E.O. Johnson.

Bill and Tari were informed of the Riverfest honor in January, and Bill says the surprise was sprung on him at what he thought would be a meeting about Rotary Club activities.

“All of a sudden, in comes this parade of gentlemen, and I’m like ‘There’s a common theme here, I know all these guys'” LaRue says, as he recognized some past Commodores.

Bill LaRue is a past president of Rotary East, and works at E.O. Johnson, and Tari is active at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Riverfest begins a 4-day run at Riverside Park on Wednesday, July 3rd.

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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