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MTU director pleased with president’s visit to Isle La Plume

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When it was announced last week that President Biden was coming to southwest Wisconsin, the event was promoted as a farm visit that would include former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.  And reportedly, Biden’s destination was supposed to be Spring Green. 

Over the weekend, that plan was changed to a trip to La Crosse to promote infrastructure. 

The director of the La Crosse MTU, Adam Lorentz, is happy the change was made.  The city transit department hosted Biden for a speech on Tuesday. 

Lorentz says his aim was to show off La Crosse to the rest of the country, rather than having the national media focus on a larger city like Milwaukee.

“My goal was to bring them to a community that’s the size of ours, and as great as ours, and try to showcase that and say that this is where the majority of the country lies,” said Lorentz.      

Lorentz tells WIZM’s La Crosse Talk that at first, he didn’t believe the White House was calling him last weekend.

“I was ready to hang up, ’cause I thought it was a prank call, but I’m glad I stayed on the line and was able to hear more information, so we were able to have this opportunitiy,” Lorentz said.

He thinks the Biden event on Isle La Plume went smoothly. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the president had planned to visit a farm closer to Madison, but then changed the purpose of the Wisconsin trip to help his infrastructure bill.  

In response to the Biden visit, Republicans are suggesting that the change from a farm trip to a city trip shows that Democrats know Wisconsin farmers don’t support Biden.

 

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.