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Holmen, La Crosse fire deal approved

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La Crosse and Holmen are about to become partners in fire protection, for at least a year. 

The La Crosse city council has approved a year-long agreement which would put the city fire department in charge of Holmen’s fire services. 

Council member Doug Happel says this agreement is a major move that should get more public awareness.

“This is one of the most important things that the council can do,” said Happel. “We’ve been working on regionalization of, in this case fire, at some point police services, since at least 2011.”    

Holmen will pay La Crosse for providing the fire services, with La Crosse chief Ken Gilliam in charge of Holmen’s fire operations. 

The Holmen fire chief for the past three years, Buck Manley, has been on administrative leave since April.          

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.