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New insect, new Kwik Trip, and Hokah crash among highest internet searches for WIZM fans in 2022



An invasive insect and a popular Wisconsin comedian were hot topics for people who visited the WIZM News webpage in 2022. 

An analysis of searches to the website showed that the most-searched single topic, with over 14,000 hits, was the July discovery that a bug called the spotted lanternfly had arrived in Iowa. 

Charlie Berens performs at the La Crosse Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

Next on the list was a WIZM interview with comedian Charlie Berens, where he compared a large new Kwik Trip in La Crosse to the Taj Mahal.  That was followed by the December accident in Hokah, where a truck crashed into a brick home during bad weather.

A close up view shows a semi propped on top of a rock that was purposely set in front of a home on Mill Street in Hokah, Minn., to prevent traffic from slamming into the home upon coming around a sharp corner. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

An apparent murder-suicide of a couple in Coon Valley last June ranked high in the searches.  The top 10 also includes news related to Miss Wisconsin being named Miss America in December.

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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