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Tanke honored as local Salvation Army volunteer of the year



The Salvation Army in La Crosse is celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week by giving an award to an outstanding volunteer for the organization. 

Ed Tanke received the local Volunteer of the Year honor on Tuesday for decades of assisting the Salvation Army as a board member, and as a worker at the local thrift shop. 

Tanke, a veteran insurance agent in La Crosse, says enjoyment and satisfaction are the reasons that he volunteers.

“You don’t do it to be put on a board, I see they’ve got a plaque now for it,” said Tanke. “You do it because you want to help people.”  Volunteers with the Salvation Army in La Crosse County spent over 16-thousand hours on service activities during 2020.           

Tanke became involved with the Salvation Army because his late wife’s parents worked for the organization.

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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