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Critics want Hagedorn to change position on some issues

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Members of Congress are likely to hear citizen concerns about climate change when they tour their districts this summer. 

Representative Jim Hagedorn from Minnesota began a series of town meetings last week in La Crescent.  Although other issues got more attention than the climate at that first meeting, activist Janette Dean from Caledonia hopes Hagedorn will hear more about it.

Dean believes Republican Hagedorn has been too slow to take action on certain issues.  She was one of the critics who was asked to be quiet and not disruptive during the La Crescent town hall.

Dean was upset that Hagedorn has opposed investigations of the January rioting in Washington.

“We’re not sure than a normal Q and A is…the type of activity we need to be engaged in right now,” said Dean. “We need to register our extreme shock and resistance to these actions.”     Dean would like to see Hagedorn change some of his positions on issues like voting and climate change.    

On the same day that Congressman Jim Hagedorn visited La Crescent, he had announced that his kidney cancer has returned.

Dean hopes that Hagedorn’s illness might lead him to reconsider his opinions, saying “maybe this is also a time for him to reflect on the legacy that he wants to leave” in the 1st Congressional district.          

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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