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La Crosse banning big animal acts, plus Elderly Abuse Awareness Day



FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2015 file photo, elephants walk during a performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Two guests on Wednesday’s La Crosse Talk PM, led off by city council member Chris Woodard to discuss legislation banning big animal acts, then Zach Trebelhorn from the county discusses elderly abuse calls rising in the area.

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.

Began the show talking a bit about the Biden Administration launching BINGO and pickleball campaigns, as First Lady Jill Biden plans to head to Wisconsin.

After that (5:20), Woodard, who represents District 9, joined to talk about a bill he’s sponsored that would ban traveling acts from having elephants, big cats and bears perform here. The city council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday for its monthly meeting, where 26 items are on the agenda.

Next (18:10), Trebelhorn, with Adult Protective Services at the county, stopped in studio to promote Elderly Abuse Awareness Day from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Riverside Park, that includes the big band, Grumpy Old Men.

Trebelhorn also discussed how important it is to bring more awareness to the issue of elderly abuse and how numbers have been rising locally. 

The county says there were 320 community referrals in 2023 related to adults aged over 60 – an 8% increase from 2022, plus a 21% increase seen from 2021 to 2022. Of those 320, 80% of the cases were family members.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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  1. Kevin

    June 13, 2024 at 6:31 am

    This is nonsense – and catering the whims and views of few vocal naysayers.

    How do you suck the fun out of life: fill it with progressives, democrats, liberals and environmentalists.

  2. nick

    June 13, 2024 at 8:21 am

    There are far more important things than banning big animal acts.
    Waste of time

  3. Lucenut

    June 13, 2024 at 9:54 am

    So should these dingbats be able to ban purple cars in the city because they don’t like them? Animal acts are great, and perfectly legal. This clown should be laughed out of town.

  4. walden

    June 13, 2024 at 1:36 pm

    Ban “big animals” but encourage homeless, drugs, and crime, while downtown La Crosse turns into a filthy mess. I can’t believe what these people have done to our once beautiful town.

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