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Motorcycle crash near Stoddard kills De Soto rider

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A motorcycle rider was killed this weekend, after hitting a dog on Highway 35 near Stoddard, Wis.

Michael Long of De Soto, Wis., hit the animal on the highway around 9:30 p.m. Saturday and was thrown off his cycle.

The 61-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened south of Spring Coulee Road in Vernon County.

It appears to be the county’s first traffic death of 2019.

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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