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Smith and Bauer to face off for Onalaska mayor in April

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The newly appointed mayor of Onalaska appears to be a heavy favorite in the April election, following a three-way primary in the mayor’s race on Tuesday. 

Mayor Kim Smith received 53 per cent of the votes, with Terry Bauer coming in second with 27 per cent. 

Jim Binash was eliminated in the voting, and Bob Muth also was listed on the ballot, but he withdrew a few weeks before the primary. 

Muth still received more than 100 votes. 

Smith moved up from the city council to the mayor’s office in Onalaska after the recent sudden retirement of two-term mayor Joe Chilsen. 

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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