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Smith named full time Onalaska Mayor after Tuesday’s election

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Interim Onalaska Mayor Kim Smith is now the full time mayor after Tuesday’s election. 

Smith received 2,887 votes compared with challenger Terry Bauer’s 1,945. 

Smith took over for Mayor Joe Chilsen in December of last year after he resigned citing health reasons. 

She is the City’s first female Mayor and previously served as the head of multiple committees including Board of Public Works.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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