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Car dealer donates face shields to Mayo in Onalaska

Brad Williams



A clinic in Onalaska receives needed personal equipment to treat COVID-19 and other illnesses, courtesy of an area car dealership. 

Brenengen Auto delivered 117 plastic face shields on Tuesday to the nearby Mayo Clinic in the Theater Road area. 

Mayo vice president Dr. Paul Mueller was on hand to accept the donation, and try out the shields.

“We’re very appreciative of the Brenengen auto group for their generosity,” said Mueller. “We’re deeply humbled by the outpouring of support that we’ve received from our community partners. We’re all in this together, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Kia car company has been making face shields at a Georgia plant, at the rate of about 200,000 a month. 

Dave Prendergast, a manager for Brenengen’s Kia line, says one of his neighbors is a doctor, so choosing Mayo for the shield donation was an easy decision.           

Brenengen expects to make future donations in the area, as Kia sends face shields to its dealers around the U.S.



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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