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La Crosse County Board hears about business relief, welcomes new member



La Crosse County government has been busy during the pandemic, trying to help several businesses stay open. 

Community development specialist Brian Fukuda says the county has helped promote local shopping, especially during the holiday season. 

Fukuda says the “shop local” campaign gave many store owners a “banner December.”    

The county has been providing loan money to a number of businesses since the outbreak began in March, and the COVID relief fund has about $90,000 available now.

Fukuda is now trying to figure out what businesses might need help when the economy returns to a more normal state, such as day care centers, where parents who return to work may need to take their children.

Pam Viner was sworn in as a new county supervisor for District 22 Monday night by Judge Scott Horne.

Supervisors chose Viner from a field of candidates to succeed Joe Kovacevich, who left the board because of a job conflict. 

Viner, a La Crosse native, is a retired state employee who will represent the Holmen area for the next 15 months, until the 2022 board election.

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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