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Houston County reportedly the scene of confrontation between health workers and locals

Brad Williams

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A recent incident of harassment against federal health workers trying to conduct a COVID-19 study in Minnesota reportedly happened in Houston County.  

At least two Minnesota newspapers report that the health workers were cornered earlier this month in Eitzen by three men who allegedly behaved in a threatening manner. 

One of the men reportedly had a gun in a holster. 

The Centers for Disease Control says its workers have been taunted with racial slurs and otherwise threatened by locals objecting to a survey about the coronavirus, aimed partly at getting restrictions on public activities eased.

The agency has decided to pull the workers out of Minnesota.

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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