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La Crosse County committee OKs support for Afghan refugees



La Crosse County wants to show its support for Afghan refugees coming to the U.S.

The county board’s executive committee Wednesday approved a resolution declaring support of refugees, quoting now, “fleeing persecution and terror” to come to the states.

County supervisor Maureen Freedland spoke in favor of the declaration, describing how her parents were Holocaust survivors and that her grandparents died in Nazi concentration camps.

Freedland and another supervisor, Andrea Richmond, recently toured Fort McCoy to see how the Afghan evacuees are doing.

“What impressed me the most was the expressions of deep commitment and honor” that commanders at the fort felt about receiving thousands of refugees, Freedland said.

The resolution will go to the full county board for a vote at the monthly meeting, which takes place at 6 p.m. Monday.

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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