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Governors and hospital heads call for completion to UWL science project

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Where are the future doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals for western Wisconsin coming from? 

Many of them might study at UW-La Crosse, which could attract more students with another science building being proposed for the campus. 

Governor Tony Evers and former Governor Tommy Thompson joined local lawmakers and hospital leaders at UWL yesterday to push for the second phase of the Prairie Springs Science Center. 

Gundersen CEO Scott Rathgaber said science training will help “to provide the next generation of health care professionals for Wisconsin, in Wisconsin, keeping our talent here.” more workers for the local medical centers.

The first Prairie Springs building opened in 2018, on what used to be the Cowley Science Hall parking lot.  The state building commission and the legislature have to approve the remainder of the science project.       

State rep Jill Billings says renovating Cowley, built in the 1960’s, won’t work for 21st century science classes.    

Evers looked back on his early career, as a science teacher.

“I had probably better facilities in 1969 in Plymouth (Wisconsin) High School than I see on our University of Wisconsin campuses.”

Evers says the state can afford the project, anticipating possible resistance from the Republican-led legislature.

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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