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La Crosse County board passes resolution welcoming Afghan refugees

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La Crosse County officially expressed its support for Afghan refugees being housed temporarily at Fort McCoy.

The county board passed a resolution Thursday night welcoming people who have left Afghanistan in the past few weeks.

Supervisor David Hundt says he has heard “wonderful” things about how the refugees are doing at the fort, despite reports of long lines for meals and some evacuees not being able to get new clothes.

Hundt said at the monthly county board meeting that donors brought five sewing machines for Afghan women at Fort McCoy.

“They’re so busy with the sewing machines, they’ve run out of material, and if anybody wants to donate material, they love dark material,” he said.

The county resolution also thanked community groups and volunteers that are helping the Afghan visitors.

Supervisor Maureen Freedland recently took a tour at the fort, finding that the refugees are learning about life in the U.S.

“Town hall meetings are held for cultural exchange,” Freedland said, “and to learn more, for example, about the roles and rights of women in our country.”

Freedland expects that La Crosse’s city council will be asked to pass a similar resolution of support.

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. Dave

    September 17, 2021 at 8:43 am

    If the county board thinks these people are so great let them be the first to take them into there home !!!!!!!!!

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