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Hagedorn holds town hall in La Crescent just after announcing return of cancer



One area Congressman’s fight against cancer isn’t over yet. 

Minnesota Republican Jim Hagedorn tells a town hall audience in La Crescent that there’s been a recurrence of the kidney cancer that was first found two years ago.

“This past weekend, I was at Mayo Clinic, they did some tests, and they found that it had come back, that it resurfaced,” said Hagedorn on Wednesday. “Means I have to go on a different regimen of drugs, not something that’s dissimilar from many, many people.”    

Representative Hagedorn says southern Minnesota has some of the best health care in the country, and says he’ll continue to serve “with the highest level of energy and enthusiasm.”

During the event attended by about 50 people, Hagedorn also spoke about the COVID pandemic, and said the Chinese owe the U.S. reparations for doing little to halt the spread of the virus.  

The 1st District Congressman from Minnesota has held his first town hall meeting since the election, and a few contentious exchanges marked the event. 

Audience comments led to disruptions a few times, such as when Hagedorn argued that improper changes were made in the fall elections.    

Hagedorn says although protests got out of hand at the Capitol in January, he doesn’t call that an insurrection.  And he says he won’t support a House investigation of the rioting if the probe appears to be for political reasons.    

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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  1. Susan Goettsch

    July 9, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    One of the many “alternative facts” he presented was the idea that critical race theory, a subject for university level discussion, is being used to indoctrinate children in public schools. Mr. Hagedorn would do well to read the following article from the American Bar Association.


  2. Paul Lange

    July 12, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Seems to me that objecting to the commission for political purposes is abhorrent!

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