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Gov. Evers highlights 2023 trips across Wisconsin, including five in La Crosse County



Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has become known for making frequent trips to the Coulee Region, and he is reviewing many of his stops on the road as part of his annual report to voters on issues he’s promoting.

In a year-end news release, the governor broke down his travels county by county, having visited all 72 in Wisconsin during the calendar year.

Evers highlights five specific trips to La Crosse County during 2023.

In March, Evers visited the UW-La Crosse campus to promote plans for the second phase of the Prairie Springs science building, which has been stalled by Republicans in the legislature for over five years.

“We believe it’s gonna get through the legislature, but it is always kind of iffy,” Evers said during his campus tour. “People need to make sure that if they’re concerned about this, and want this to happen, be sure you contact your legislators.”

The new building was not included in the GOP state budget that Evers signed back in June.

FILE: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers poses on a cement roller, during a visit to Onalaska on May 31, 2023, promoting fixing Wisconsin roads. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Later in the year, Evers stopped at the Pump House Regional Aarts Center to celebrate tourism, before going to fill potholes on a street in Onalaska.

He paid visits to farms near Stoddard and Bangor and to a Holmen child care center.

There, he cited “a lot of angst around this year of people not being able to continue providing these services. People here are doing the best they can, but one of the ways they’re doing it is to raise tuition,” which he says isn’t a solution.

Al Brinkman (right) shows Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers the La Crosse River view from where the Brinkman house used to stand near Sparta on July 20, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

This was the fourth time since becoming governor in 2019 that Evers has visited all the counties in Wisconsin during a calendar year.

The COVID pandemic prevented the governor from doing the entire state tour in 2020.

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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