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Tuesday - May 15, 2018 8:49 am

The city gets a new police chief, 41 years ago

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Acting La Crosse chief Ray Lichtie was promoted full-time to chief in May of 1977.  Lichtie had been in that position since the previous October, when former chief Ron Wold resigned to work in security at Gateway Foods.  Two members of the city council said they might sue City Hall for not advertising the chief opening first.  Lichtie's new post was announced at the same time that the police and fire commission was completing a study of poor management and morale problems within the La Crosse Police Department.  
The Holiday Inn on the pike promoted a champagne 'bruncheon' buffet for only $3.50, which featured, according to one advertisement, a make-your-own "Blood Mary bar."  Kilger's Four Seasons, south of La Crescent, served German food most nights...with offerings such as sauerbraten on Wednesdays, and pot roast with German potato pancakes on Thursday.  
And America was marking the 50th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic solo flight across the Atlantic.  The 1927 voyage was being featured in TV documentary programs, and the 50's movie "The Spirit of St. Louis" with Jimmy Stewart as "Lucky Lindy" was broadcast in 1977...41 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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