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County set to stage major anti-terrorism training exercise

President Bush has been invited to visit La Crosse County during a major homeland security training session in West Salem on Aug. 8, officials said Tuesday. La Crosse County is one of two or three locations nationwide chosen for a large anti-terrorism exercise, said Jeannette Lenser, the county’s emergency services administrator. Between 350 and 400 people will be involved in the training, including 250 military service people who will bring a mobile hospital to the area from Afghanistan, said Keith Butler, emergency management coordinator. The hospital could be set up at the La Crosse Municipal Airport or the La Crosse County Fairgrounds in West Salem, Butler said. The exercise also will take place at the West Salem Co-op, and will involve the Canadian Pacific Railroad. “There’s a good possibility the president may come,” Lenser told the county’s Judiciary and Law Committee Tuesday. Full Story

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