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 1961, Russia had sent a man around the earth.  The U.S. didn't put a man into orbit until the next year, but a monkey named Enos did make two orbits in '61.  The "chimp-o-naut" was on a diet of 200 banana pellets a day, but also earned oranges and apples as a reward.

Doerflinger's Department Store was a booming La Crosse business in 1961, and the Tribune put the spotlight on Doerflinger's in a "business of the week" feature.  The store opened in 1881 on 4th Street as Doerflinger and Bosshard, in the building now occupied by Designing Jewelers.  In '61, the store had 120 employees and a payroll of half-a-million dollars.

La Crosse's three AM radio stations all carried live Sunday church services.  Those services were broadcast from Trinity Lutheran Church, First Congregational, and a Presbyterian church...56 years ago, 1961, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

Restoring the zoo, itself, could cost $13 million.

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Friday - March 24, 2017 3:38 am

City of Onalaska gets $242,000 loan

Most of money will be used by police dept. to purchase three vehicles.

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Thursday - March 23, 2017 12:52 pm

Thomas Jr., gets 7 years for home invasion attack

Attempted murder charge was dropped, as part of plea agreement 

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Thursday - March 23, 2017 9:46 am

Second armed robbery suspect nabbed

Victim called police after drug buy gone bad.

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Thursday - March 23, 2017 8:46 am

The Reagans pay a visit, 41 years ago

On March 23rd of 1976, former California Governor Ronald Reagan brought his presidential campaign to La Crosse.  Reagan and his wife Nancy came to La Crosse on the same day of the North Carolina primary.  The candidate spoke to a Ducks Unlimited dinner at the Sawyer Auditorium, and also at the Hotel Stoddard, where he criticized Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and said America was in greater danger 'than at any time since Valley Forge.'  Mrs. Reagan also met with reporters at the Stoddard.  The Reagans left town just before he was declared the winner in the North Carolina voting. 

Many other big-name candidates followed Reagan to La Crosse before the '76 Wisconsin primary.  President Gerald Ford had a rally at the Sawyer.  Democrats Jimmy Carter, George Wallace, and 'Scoop' Jackson also met with voters in La Crosse. 

In Argentina that March, President Isabel Peron was ousted in a military coup.  And British Field Marshal Montgomery died at age 88.  'Monty' was one of the leading Allied Commanders in World War II. 

 

 

ACA was signed into law 7 years ago today,
as GOP hopes to pass its bill on this anniversary.

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La Crosse Central has won a state basketball championship for the first time since 1925.  They definitely score more points now. 

 

 
It was March 28th of 1925, when the La Crosse High School won the state championship over Shawano at Madison, in what one newspaper described as a game with 'cautious playing' on both sides. Apparently, most of the shots were taken from mid-court or farther, which could explain the final score...La Crosse 10, Shawano 4. The lowest-scoring championship game ever in the WIAA boys tournament.

 

 

 

The first girls basketball tournament ever in Wisconsin also happened in March of '25. It wasn't a statewide tourney, but a regional contest played at Chippewa Falls.

 

 

 

Tennessee passed the Butler Act that month, banning the teaching of evolution in the state's schools. The law would be challenged in court that year by teacher John Scopes, at the famous 'Monkey Trial' where Clarence Darrow defended Scopes, and William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution.

 

 

 

The William Fox movie studio had a new silent Western in movie theaters...with Buck Jones starring in 'The Trail Rider.' Big screen action 92 years ago, 1925...Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1994, First Lady Hillary Clinton was promoting a national health-care program, which came to be called "Hillary-Care."  Mrs. Clinton had a telephone conference call with citizens who had questions about the reform plan.  Galen Humphrey of Galesville was one of the callers.  Humphrey said his step-mother had breast cancer, and had been denied some insurance coverage, and he supported the plan to require employers to provide health care benefits.  The plan was defeated.

The La Crosse Center was talking about hockey again, just after the basketball Catbirds moved to Pittsburgh.  An investor from Minnesota spoke to the center board about a hockey league which would offer to bring a team to La Crosse, and buy equipment for the arena to make its own ice rink.  The Center never got a hockey team.

Wisconsin, Minnesota, and UW-Green Bay all reached the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament in 1994.  None of those schools made it to the Sweet 16.  Arkansas won its first NCAA men's basketball title ever, beating Duke in the final...23 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

Numbers have dropped sharply in last 60 years, says Wisconsin Ag sec.

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