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Dairyland Power donates $11K to Hunger Task Force



A local electric company is helping Coulee Region families put dinner on the table during the holidays. 

The Hunger Task Force has accepted an $11,000 gift from La Crosse’s Dairyland Power. 

“Coming into the holidays, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic, we think that this is an important (donation) with food insecurity this holiday season,” said Dairyland president Brent Ridge.

Hunger Task Force director Shelly Fortner accepted the gift outside the Dairyland offices in south La Crosse on Monday, saying the $11,000 could pay most of the cost of utility bills needed to keep donated food in freezers.

Ridge says the utility also is looking at ways to save energy, so customers can reduce their bills and have more money to spend at local businesses.    

Dairyland provides power to customers in four states. 

The Hunger Task Force covers an eight-county region in the tri-state area. 


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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