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Yesterday in La Crosse

The president took a lap around the La Crosse County speedway, one year ago

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A week before the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump held a late afternoon campaign rally at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem.

Then-candidate Trump rode around the track in his limousine before the Oct. 27 speech, where he called challenger Joe Biden “soft” and “weak” and accused the Democrat of wanting to delay a COVID-19 vaccine.

Others appearing at the speedway rally included 3rd District House candidate Derrick Van Orden and the founder of My Pillow, Mike Lindell.

Trump originally had been scheduled to speak in early October at the La Crosse airport.

There were objections, and the rally was moved to another Wisconsin site but it was all cancelled when Trump came down with COVID.

Trump predicted a red wave in Wisconsin on election day but Biden officially won the state by over 20,000 votes.

Also on that same weekend, the pandemic led to the start of a new Halloween attraction in La Crosse — the Haunted Mile at Pettibone Park, where families could drive through the park to see actors playing monsters and ghosts. It was a substitute for the traditional haunted houses in the fall of 2020, yesterday in La Crosse.

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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