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Cops go “Wild” for chicken wings at Onalaska fundraiser on Monday



A popular winter fundraiser for the Special Olympics is back at an Onalaska restaurant for another year.

Monday, between noon and 8 p.m., is when Onalaska police officers will help out at Buffalo Wild Wings for the 13th Annual “Cops Gone Wild” event with some of the day’s proceeds from food sales going to Special Olympics.

Sergeant Matt Jahr with the Onalaska Police Department will be taking part, ready for a 5 p.m. wing-eating contest. Jahr told WIZM’s La Crosse Talk how he was brought into the wing contest years ago.

“The first year we were doing this, I think the person who was supposed to represent our officers didn’t show up,” Jahr said, “and being that I was there helping out, Investigator Pete Jakowski grabbed me and put me up at the table to eat.”

Jahr was asked by WIZM’s Mike Hayes whether he has a secret for gobbling lots of spicy wings.

“If there is, I really haven’t found it yet,” he said. “If someone can figure it out, let me know.”

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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