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Gov. Evers joins students on 1st day of school at La Crosse’s North Woods

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Students were back in classrooms, and on playgrounds, at La Crosse schools Wednesday on the first day of a new class year. 

Joining students at North Woods Elementary was Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who spent time admiring a student garden and tried shooting baskets with children.

Evers and state school superintendent Jill Underly made North Woods part of a two-day school tour around Wisconsin.

“After (students) got over the initial nervousness, then all they wanted to do was meet” the governor, North Woods principal Keri Holter said. “It’s not every day that you get to shoot hoops with the governor.”

Before he was elected in 2018, Evers was a career educator in Tomah and other cities. He eventually served as state school superintendent. Underly was elected to the superintendent’s post earlier this year.

The governor’s group insisted that they wanted to be outside with the kids, to reduce the risk of COVID.

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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