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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Washed-out intersection located above the marsh near Myrick Park

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Nine years ago, in the fall of 2008, a new traffic signal was installed at the intersection of West Avenue and Pine Street.  The signal had an electronic voice telling pedestrians to "Wait."  The device replaced a flashing yellow light at the crossing near UW-L.  Residents of a nearby high-rise were happy to get the new signal...but not so happy that it snowed on the late October day when the signal was activated. 

Another traffic improvement was being discussed in 2008, with the Minnesota DOT showing plans for fixing or replacing the I-90 bridge at Dresbach, which was built in the 1960's.  Planners were hoping to start construction by 2012.  The new bridges were dedicated in 2016. 

During all of July and much of August in 2008, the #1 song in America was "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry.  Later in the year, Beyonce had a big hit, singing about all the "Single Ladies"...nine years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse. 

 

 

 

 

Video shows three men breaking off arm of King Gambrinus. 

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Staff cut maintenance repairs from $18 million
to $14 million and want to cut that to $8 million. 

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La Crosse-based business' expansion would add more than a thousand jobs. 

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Medical examiner looking into death of former youth hockey coach

In July of 1968, the La Crosse County Board chose to postpone the planned retirement of blacksmith Hjalmer Overson for a year.  Overson was about to turn 65, which was the mandatory retirement age for county employees at the time.  Overson worked with the highway department, repairing machinery, and the department said trying to find another blacksmith in 1968 would be virtually impossible.  
 
James Earl Ray, accused of killing Martin Luther King in Memphis, was returned to the U.S. for trial, a month after being arrested in England.  King was murdered in April.  The announcement of Ray's arrest came on the day of the New York funeral for Senator Robert Kennedy, who was shot while running for president.
 
Plenty of options for dinner and dancing in the La Crosse area on a weekend.  The P and J bar on Pearl Street had a piano bar four nights a week, and also advertised movies of Green Bay Packers games on Sunday afternoons and evenings.  Millie and Don offered the 'tastiest fish in town' Friday nights at the Party House, south of La Crosse on Highway 35.  On Rose Street, Glen's Bar and Pizza had a complete menu that included steaks, chops, spaghetti, and shrimp.  The Verse Bar occupies that building now, but it was Glen's in 1968, 49 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.
 

To-do list could balloon to over $75 million. 

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GOP in House and Assembly can't agree how to pay $1 billion shortfall in fixing roads.

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At least one person transported by ambulance

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