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A full ballot for a house race, 31 years ago

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Last year, La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind ran unopposed in the November election in Wisconsin's 3rd District.  Back in 1986, the House race was more lively, with four Democrats lined up to challenge Republican Steve Gunderson.  Karl Kruger, Chessie Lee, and Charles Dow lost the nomination to Leland Mulder of Holmen.  Mulder said he ran because he was angry about farm prices.  Gunderson won his 4th of 8 terms that year.

At Comb Liquidators on French Island, you could buy a sewing machine for $179, or wooden music boxes for $7.99.  Duff's Smorgasbord at Bridgeview Plaza was offering two dinners for $7.95.

"Crime is a disease...meet the cure."  That was the slogan for Sylvester Stallone's new picture in 1986, a cop movie called "Cobra."  Other hit movies in '86 included "Top Gun," "Aliens" with Sigourney Weaver, and Jeff Goldblum as "The Fly."  Be very afraid, 31 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

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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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