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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Friday - June 23, 2017 8:42 am

A new trial for Evan Zimmerman, 12 years ago

In the spring of 2005, Evan Zimmerman earned the chance at a retrial on a murder charge for which he had gone to prison.  The Wisconsin Innocence Project at the UW Law School questioned the original conviction of the former policeman who was found guilty of strangling a former girlfriend in Eau Claire, hours after her wedding to another man.  La Crosse attorney Keith Belzer handled Zimmerman's defense.  The trial ended abruptly with Zimmerman cleared of the charges and released from prison, after the DA says he did not have enough evidence to prosecute.  Zimmerman moved to La Crosse, and died two years after he was cleared.

The Mother's Day sale was on at Ben Franklin Crafts in the Village Shopping Center.  The craft store was selling a park bench for $50, a copper birdbath for $39, and a Yankee candle in a jar for $17.  The scent of the month was 'fresh peach.'

Among the movies showing in La Crosse that spring...the animated film "Robots," "Ice Princess," and the Clint Eastwood boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby," which had just won the Oscar for Best Picture.  Twelve years ago, 2005, yesterday in La Crosse.


Walker talks K-12 funding at Holmen elementary school


Thursday - June 22, 2017 8:10 pm

Bond of $50,000 set for repeat drug suspect

Raymond Lewis back in jail 3 months after prison release


In June of 1994, O.J. Simpson was arrested for a double murder after the infamous "white Bronco" chase in California.  The Simpson case broke the same week that a triple-murder trial began in La Crosse for James Frydenlund, a Twin Cities man accused of killing his estranged wife, Suzzette, and her parents, Leroy and Celia Weibel, at the Weibel's trailer home east of La Crosse.  The slayings happened in the fall of 1992.  Prosecutors theorized that Frydenlund drove from Minneapolis to La Crosse late at night, committed the murders, and drove back home so neighbors would see him at his house the next morning.  One La Crosse TV station interrupted news coverage of Simpson in court to air the live jury verdict in the Frydenlund trial...not guilty.  Twin Cities defense attorney Earl Gray lists the Frydenlund trial as one of his courtroom victories.  Gray was on the defense team that recently won an acquittal for Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez in a fatal shooting. 
The New Orleans Saints were practicing at UW-L for the seventh straight year in 1994.  Later that year, the football team announced that it would keep the summer training camp in La Crosse for another five years...but as it turned out, that extension would be the last one.  The Saints went back south for their training after the 1999 season. 
And Jack and Janet Miller were named Commodore and First Mate for the 1994 Riverfest...23 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.

Speed limit could also be limited to 30 mph.


Wednesday - June 21, 2017 11:53 am

Punishment for the principal, 27 years ago

In June of 1990, former La Crosse Central principal Robert Bulthaus was sentenced to a month in jail, and apologized for misusing student activity funds during the two years he was in charge of the high school.  Bulthaus resigned in 1988, shortly after it was discovered that he had spent about $11,000 of money intended for student programs at Central on office furniture for himself, a desk and credenza. 
Three major car dealers in La Crosse threatened to leave the city, if the common council didn't allow one of them to close one block of traffic for business expansion.  Dahl Ford said it needed to have Ferry Street closed between 3rd and 4th, to allow more development.  Eversole Motors and Honda Motorwerks joined Dahl in threatening to pull their dealerships out of La Crosse if the change wasn't made.  The council approved the street closure. 
And the 3rd District Congressman waited until the 12th of June, five months before the election, to announce that he would seek a 6th term.  Republican Steve Gunderson of Osseo kicked off his campaign in La Crosse with a fundraiser featuring President Bush's Interior Secretary, Manuel Lujan, who toured the federal fish lab on French Island during his visit...27 years ago, 1990, Yesterday in La Crosse.

Average June temp in La Crosse already 7 degrees above normal.


Tuesday - June 20, 2017 8:43 am

A pipe bomber goes to prison, 32 years ago

In the summer of 1985, Earl Karr was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Minnesota judge, for possessing an explosive device. Karr actually planted about two dozen pipe bombs in four Midwestern states, including six found just in La Crosse prior to the Memorial Day weekend in 1984.   One bomb was discovered outside the cathedral downtown, and another near a slide at a playground.  Six people in all were injured by the explosives. Karr eventually received much longer prison sentences.
La Crosse County has a full-time administrator now, but in 1985, county board members turned down the idea, even after it had been recommended by a task force. Supervisor Norbert Nuttelman actually responded to the administrator plan by saying if the system "isn't broke, don't fix it."
Movie fans were introduced to Marty McFly and Doc Brown in the original "Back to the Future." It was also the summer for "The Goonies"...Sylvester Stallone as "Rambo"..."Cocoon"...and "St. Elmo's Fire." Thirty-two years ago, 1985, yesterday in La Crosse.

31-year-old could get 9 years in prison.


Sunday - June 18, 2017 9:21 pm

A teacher walkout, 46 years ago

In early 1971, La Crosse Education Association members walked off the job for a day, shutting down all 20 schools in the district.  The strike capped a year-long dispute with the school district, which the Tribune called "the biggest educational crisis in La Crosse history."  The union and the school board had agreed on most parts of a contract, including a base salary of $7300.  But the talks broke down on the issue of contract renewal. 
Daniel Ellsberg was a leaker.  Ellsberg sent the Pentagon Papers to the media in '71, when Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott said Democratic candidates for president were using the war as a "political football"...for criticizing President Nixon for a war they had supported under Lyndon Johnson.  More than 20 years later, Ellsberg spoke at Main Hall on the U-W-L campus about his anti-war activism.
And Wisconsin became the 34th state to approve a lower voting age of 18.  A handful of lawmakers opposed the change.  Only four more states were needed to make the 26th amendment a federal law, in 1971.  Yesterday in La Crosse.

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