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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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Animal doctor reportedly fell into water, husband tried to save her

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In 1994, a Coon Valley man wrote to the La Crosse Tribune that La Crosse's Oktoberfest wasn't German enough.  His problem was with the Oktoberfest button chosen for '94, featuring a wizard and a crystal ball, emphasizing the "magic" of the event.  The writer said associating a wizard with a German festival is a "major historical inaccuracy."

Not enough parking in downtown La Crosse was the complaint of another letter writer, just after Riverfest.  This man had attended a senior citizen breakfast during the fest, but had to park a long distance away because "No Parking" signs were posted on Front Street all day, even before anything was scheduled for the day at Riverfest.  Mayor Pat Zielke told the man that he would try to do something about it. 

Sequel-mania was big at the movies, with films such as "Major League 2," with Charlie Sheen..."The Mighty Ducks 2," with Charlie's brother, Emilio Estevez...and "Naked Gun 33 1/3," featuring Leslie Nielsen and O.J. Simpson.  Twenty-four years ago, 1994, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

A convicted sex offender in Wisconsin seemed to believe he was off the hook when police learned that he allegedly committed a sexual assault at the age of 9.

Shaun Sanders appealed his conviction to the state Supreme Court, arguing that he couldn't be punished in court for something that happened before he turned 10.

The high court turned down the now 19-year-old's appeal.

"In sexual assault cases or homicide, there is no statute of limitations, so those are still possible," La Crosse County district attorney Tim Gruenke said.

The Waukesha County case was very rare.

"In La Crosse, we very rarely see people under the age of 10 brought in," Gruenke said. "And even 10 or 11 years old is very rare. But it is possible, theoretically, to be under the age of 10 and be charged with a crime."

Gruenke added that because the crime wasn't revealed until Sanders was 19, the courts were still able to try him in adult court.

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Governor says 200,000 signed up for rebate in just 3 days
 

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Friday - May 18, 2018 8:47 am

Maid-Rite approved as historic site

City already has ordered old cafe to be demolished

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In 2006, Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and associate Justice Ann Walsh Bradley appeared at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center on "Law Day," answering questions from local reporters.  Abrahamson has been called an "activist," and said people don't agree on what makes a judge activist.  She said it may depend on whether the person using the word liked a decision made by a particular judge.  Bradley said the use of the "activist" label has become "alarming."

Abrahamson also spoke that day at a celebration in the La Crosse County courthouse for local attorney Ernie Hanson, who was marking 65 years as a lawyer, and who had just turned 90.  The Chief Justice said she felt "very young,' having served only 50 years in the profession herself.

And a youth theatre group from Japan visited La Crosse for a week, to perform a play at La Crosse Community Theatre about the Hiroshima bombing.  Several local residents also played parts in that production 12 years ago, 2006, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

Wednesday - May 16, 2018 12:52 pm

Matt Binsfeld named 2018 Commodore for Riverfest

J.F. Brennan employee to preside over La Crosse's summer festival
 

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In July of 1981, Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at a lavish wedding seen on TV around the world. That same day, the Hotel Stoddard in La Crosse was auctioning off its property, including crystal chandeliers. It was less than a year after the Radisson along the riverfront opened its doors.
 
A baseball strike over free agency ended that same week, leading to a two-part season for major league teams. The Milwaukee Brewers did well enough to make the playoffs for the first time in '81.
 
MTV made its debut the week of the royal wedding. The first music video played on the channel was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. MTV's second video featured Pat Benatar. Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll...1981, yesterday in La Crosse.
 
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