LA CROSSE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes marked his MLK Day with a trip to the Coulee Region. Barnes came to La Crosse yesterday to meet with the Hope Restores Corporation, a non-profit that advocates for the African American community. He wanted to personally thank them for helping marginalized people, work that he believes needs to continue statewide.  

“We need to be in a growth mindset here in this state, here in this country, and that’s why I’ve always focused my work on equity and sustainability to move the entire state of Wisconsin forward so that we can be the place, the ideal place, that we used to be.” 

Barnes also visited the lighthouse peer-run respite center in La Crosse. The center helps people struggling with mental health and substance use challenges.