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Governor expresses love for La Crosse area, after 30 visits just this year, but he won’t be doing any waterskiing like Tommy



Does Wisconsin’s governor have a favorite area of the state to visit?

You could argue that the Coulee Region, and much of western Wisconsin, is a favored destination for Gov. Tony Evers.

The governor’s office confirms that Evers has been on the far western side of the state 30 times since the beginning of the year, roughly once a week.

Evers was on La Crosse Talk PM this week, and host Rick Solem asked him to admit it, La Crosse is his favorite part of the state.

“It’s a beautiful part of the state,” Evers said, “and the people are rational and good-thinking. It’s fun to be there, and a lot of good things happening.”

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Evers was asked if he likes to do any waterskiing on the Mississippi River when he comes by — a bit of a joke, as his predecessor, former Gov. Tommy Thompson was injured in 2021 waterskiing at 79-year-old and required surgery.

“There’s no way I’ll be doing that,” said Evers. “I like more sedate things.” And he claimed he would go water-skiing “when donkeys fly.”

Evers, who was the Tomah Schools superintendent early in his career, said he likes visiting anywhere along Wisconsin’s “West Coast,” from Hudson south to Prairie du Chien.

FILE – Gov. Tony Evers (right) joins La Crosse County Board chair Monica Kruse (left) and state Rep. Jill Billings in feeding goats on June 6, 2023, at the Rainbow Ridge Farm in Onalaska (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

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. walden

    July 20, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Reading between the lines the Gov must feel support for Dems is waning to have to visit this area so often.

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