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West Salem mixed views on Trump visit

Brad Williams



FILE - Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a La Crosse Center campaign rally on Monday, April 4, 2016. (PHOTO: Bob Good Photography Studios)

Not every town in the U.S. gets a visit from the president.

So there’s some excitement in the West Salem area about the 4p.m. rally Tuesday that President Donald Trump has planned at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.

West Salem village administrator Teresa DeLong has been getting plenty of emails about the visit.

“Personally, I’ve heard comments back and forth,” she told WIZM. “What a neat thing because, whichever side you’re on, my goodness, when is ever a sitting president ever going to come to West Salem ever again? This is so neat.”

DeLong says some West Salem residents are against having the rally, because of concerns about COVID-19 spread.

“Because they feel like it will be a COVID-spreading issue, because our counts are so high,” DeLong said. “What did someone else say, ‘Our kids just went back to school, we (don’t) want them out again.'”

La Crosse is averaging 43 cases a day the past week with a 16.5% positive test ratio during that time.

Another issue is a financial one.

“The one’s opposed to it are more financially opposed to it because of what we heard — the city of La Crosse has unpaid bills from four years ago,” she said.

The city of La Crosse says the Trump campaign still owes over $15,000 for police services dating back to 2016.

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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    Chris Dutton

    October 27, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    I have a grandparent that is staying at the Morrow Home in Sparta, WI which is 12 miles away from West Salem. I get horrifying updates from my mother regarding the Covid outbreak which is going on at the facility. This excerpt is from their website.

    “Cumulatively to date, the Nursing Home has had 27 staff members test positive for COVID-19. Eleven of those staff members have recovered and returned to work and 16 remain off work in isolation at this time. The Assisted Living Division has had 3 staff members test positive. All of the Assisted Living employees are considered recovered and have returned to work. Twelve Nursing Home residents have tested positive for COVID-19, eleven remain in isolation at this time. Two Assisted Living residents tested positive and have recovered.”

    27 Staff members!! Also there has been at least one death.

    Wisconsin does not need a super spreader event at this time. If only our President would actually do something to help the situation.

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    October 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    The town of La Crosse and the many others all over the US will NEVER see that money that they are owed. This is a man with a FIVE DECADE history of skipping out on paying the bill for work people do for him. Anyone who doesn’t get cash up front from him is a fool for expecting a dime later. Also, eff him for bringing more Covid cases to our area. I’m not going to get into whether he should be president or not. It’s just inappropriate to hold a rally here now. WTH is the town thinking?!

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