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La Crescent-Hokah appoints Carlson as superintendent for second semester



The La Crescent-Hokah School District has hired an interim superintendent for the rest of the class year.


Long-time area educator Dale Carlson was named interim superintendent, succeeding Gary Kuphal, who has served in the job since November.

Kuphal replaced Eric Martinez, who was arrested on a domestic assault charge after just four months on the job as superintendent.

Carlson has 36 years of experience in public education, as a superintendent, teacher, assistant principal and coach both in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Dale Carlson earned a BA from Augustana University, an MS from Winona State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His wife, Sharon Carlson, is a Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher in the La Crosse School District.

Together, they have two sons who are in graduate school.

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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