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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Macy's closed at La Crosse mall in March

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Wednesday - April 26, 2017 8:24 am

Mr. Zielke becomes the mayor, 42 years ago

It was no April Fool's joke on the 1st of April in 1975, when La Crosse voters ousted two-term mayor Peter Gilbertson in favor of city council president Patrick Zielke.  The race was fairly close, with Zielke winning by nearly 600 votes.  He had also been the top vote-getter in the primary.  The Tribune considered Zielke 'less combative' than the younger Gilbertson, and Zielke called for more teamwork at City Hall.  Taking Zielke's former aldermanic seat would be Helen Kelly, becoming only the second woman on the La Crosse Council.
 
Vernon County had a female judge, and voted her out in 1975.  Olga Bennett had been on the bench for five years, but she was replaced by Walter Block, who had criticized her as being too lenient.  Bennett was the first woman elected as a county judge in Wisconsin.
 
The Mel Brooks comedy 'Young Frankenstein' was playing at movie theaters early in 1975.  A couple of TV specials based on Brooks characters were aired that April...a pilot for a proposed weekly version of 'Blazing Saddles,' and an animated cartoon about 'The 2,000-Year-Old Man.'  That was 42 years ago, 1975, Yesterday in La Crosse.
 
 
 

Health dir. says no security cameras will track people.

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On this day in 1985, a Wisconsin appeals court upheld the murder conviction of Terry Shaw of La Crosse.  Shaw had been found guilty of the 1981 rape and killing 29-year-old Susan Erickson.  La Crosse district attorney Michael Mulroy based a key part of his prosecution on a piece of fingernail found under the victim's body, which scientists showed was a match for Shaw's fingernail.  When Shaw tried to appeal his conviction, the higher court agreed with the scientific evidence.  Publicity from the trial, which was aired on local cable TV, was credited for helping Mulroy win his first election for circuit judge in 1983.
 
La Crosse got its first pro basketball franchise in the summer of '85, when the Catbirds of the CBA left Louisville after two years to come to Wisconsin.  Businessmen D.B. Reinhart and Norm Gillette were among the owners who brought the Catbirds to the five-year-old La Crosse Center.  The team played at the arena for nine seasons, and won a pair of league championships under future NBA coach Flip Saunders.
 
And the second-oldest building on the U-W-L campus was added to the National Register of Historic Places that April.  It was Wittich Hall, which had been built as a physical education center 70 years earlier.  Wittich gets the honor in 1985...32 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.
 
 
 

Monday - April 24, 2017 11:24 pm

Recycling not as profitable as it used to be

Consumers are getting careless in what can and can't be reused.

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Monday - April 24, 2017 8:49 am

Having a ball at the Cotton Ball, 50 years ago

In April of 1967, the Elks Club of La Crosse hosted the 4th annual Cotton Ball, a fund-raiser for the Twin Cities Shrine Hospital for crippled children.  It was sponsored by the La Crosse auxiliary of the Shrine hospital.  The theme was "Polynesian Paradise," featuring hula dancers...fellows in long wigs and grass skirts...and Mrs. Robert (Bev) Henninger, described as "La Crosse's own Phyllis Diller."

The real Phyllis Diller was co-starring with comedian Jack E. Leonard in a secret agent comedy called "The Fat Spy."  Also at the movies, Boris Karloff narrated an Italian documentary, "Mondo Balordo," about "intimate shocking scenes of love."

For more clean-cut entertainment, the Coulee Chordsmen were preparing a show of barbershop music called "Sweethearts of Harmony."  And at the La Crosse State campus, students were performing the first hit comedy by hot new playwright Neil Simon..."Come Blow Your Horn."  Fifty years ago, 1967, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

RSVP fundraiser collects more than $100,000 in one year for first time

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'LC' logo approved by La Crosse County baffles many observers

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Friday - April 21, 2017 5:20 pm

Kendhammer murder trial set for year's end

Trial for West Salem man will happen more than a year after wife's death

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Friday - April 21, 2017 5:12 pm

Winona drive-by shooting suspect will be tried

Waiters accused of killing 1, injuring another outside bar

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