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Brad Williams

Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad 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.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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In 1964, the city Plan Commission wanted to build a fire station at 5th and Cameron in La Crosse.  It was supposed to replace stations on South 6th St., and on State St. where the current Post Office stands.  Fire Chief Fred Ganz was in favor of the Cameron site, but because of city council opposition, the station was built a few blocks away at 5th and Market.  That station may soon be remodeled, to include city administration offices.

Contractors were busy around La Crosse in '64.  They built an addition to Logan Junior High School, a new Coca-Cola plant, a sound lab for the Trane Company, and a high-rise dorm at Viterbo, which eventually was named Marian Hall.

And a local church had a special "thank you" for its pastor.  The Rev. James Bell and his wife were given a 3-month trip throughout Europe for 10 years of service to the First Presbyterian Church...54 years ago, 1964, yesterday in La Crosse. 


In 2013, the La Crosse park department was debating whether to keep the name Hood Park on public property along 5th Avenue South.  There was a concern that the name "Hood" suggested crime, even though the park and a nearby street were named after William Hood, an early surveyor of La Crosse.  One alternate name proposed for the park was that of George Poage, the first black athlete to compete in the Big 10, and a past Olympian.  By 2016, the Poage name became official on the remodeled park.
The village of Holmen had to decide whether to put fluoride in its drinking water or not.  A referendum two years earlier had approved fluoridation for Holmen, but the system was put on hold because of concerns about how much of the cavity-fighting chemical would actually be placed in the drinking water.
It was not a good baseball season for either the Brewers or the Twins.  Both teams finished fourth in their divisions in 2013, well out of playoff contention.   The American League shut out the National League in the All-Star game at Citi Field in Queens, the home of the Mets.  Time to play ball 5 years ago, 2013, yesterday in La Crosse.

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