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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Monday - May 24, 2010 10:01 pm

Deaths Of Barre Mills Couple Still A Mystery

HOW DID A LA CROSSE COUPLE IN THEIR 60'S DIE?

INVESTIGATORS HAVEN'T REACHED A CONCLUSION YET, AFTER INSPECTING THE HOUSE WHERE DENNIS AND MERNA KOULA LIVED AT BARRE MILLS. A SON FOUND HIS PARENTS' BODIES INSIDE THE HOUSE EARLY MONDAY. SHERIFF STEVE HELGESON SAYS THE STATE CRIME LAB WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE PRETTY QUICKLY.

 

AUTOPSIES MAY BE DONE IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. HELGESON SAYS NEIGHBORS DIDN'T SEE OR HEAR ANYTHING UNUSUAL DURING THE WEEKEND.

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Monday - May 24, 2010 12:06 pm

Two Cycle Riders Crash, One Dies

One man is dead and another is hurt, after both of them crashed while riding motorcycles together near Trempealeau last night.

In the first collision, 55-year-old Steven Meier of Trempealeau lost control of his bike, went into a ditch, and smashed into a utility pole. Meier was killed after being thrown from the cycle. His riding companion, Max Keene of Trempealeau, took a spill after seeing Meier's accident. Keene was taken to a hospital after walking to a house to get help.

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Monday - May 24, 2010 12:05 pm

Coulee Bank Acquires Branch In St. Paul

Coulee Bank of La Crosse comes to the rescue of a small Twin Cities bank...

Over the weekend, Pinehurst Bank of St. Paul became a branch of Coulee Bank. Coulee chairman Dirk Gasterland says the new branch has good employees, but Pinehurst had some bad luck recently.  Coulee Bank assumed all 60-million dollars of the deposits in Pinehurst Bank, and most of the assets as well. Gasterland says customers of both companies should NOT notice much change in doing bank business.

 

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Friday - May 21, 2010 5:36 pm

Bomb Threat Clears La Crescent High

A short school day for students at La Crescent High School, because of a bomb threat.

Superintendent Ron Wilke says a threat was discovered in a restroom early Friday afternoon. Middle and high school students and staff were evacuated to the nearby community arena. at the usual end of the school day. Police have spent the afternoon inspecting the school. They might allow students and staff back in tonight to get their belongings, after they give an all-clear.

 

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"Call 9-1-1, my baby's dead."

That's what neighbors heard a Bangor woman shouting early Thursday morning, after she arrived home to find that her baby girl was not breathing. The child's father has been arrested on a charge of child neglect. Bond for Sean Meyer has been set at 10-thousand dollars. Meyer told police that he was watching the baby, named Evelin, while her mother was out for the evening. Meyer said he put a bean bag chair on a couch, and placed the baby atop the bean bag. Then the father fell asleep, and woke up later to find that the baby had fallen to the floor, and the bean bag fell off the couch and onto the child.

 

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Thursday - May 20, 2010 9:22 pm

Baby Death Leads To Bangor Arrest

CHILD NEGLECT HAS RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF A BABY, AND A YOUNG MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED.

THAT'S WHAT POLICE IN BANGOR HAVE TOLD US, BUT NOT MUCH MORE. A BRIEF NEWS RELEASE SAYS THE MAN IS 27 YEARS OLD, AND THE CHILD WAS FOUR MONTHS OLD. BANGOR POLICE AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAD NO MORE INFORMATION LATE THURSDAY NIGHT.

 

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Franciscan Skemp of La Crosse has found a new leader, just 100 miles to the west...

Dr. Timothy Johnson of the Austin, Minnesota Medical Center will become the new C-E-O of Franciscan next month. Johnson says his first goal in La Crosse will be to get to know the staff.  Johnson has served for more than 10 years as the C-E-O at Austin. He's succeeding one of his mentors...Dr. Rob Nesse, who's leaving Franciscan to head the Mayo Health System in Rochester.

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Tuesday - May 18, 2010 12:44 pm

Post Office Food Drive Beats Last Year

Another increase this year, for a food drive by La Crosse area letter carriers.

They collected 45-thousand pounds of food just in the city of La Crosse on Mother's Day weekend. That was three thousand pounds above the amount collected a year ago. The letter carrier drive is a major source of food during the year for community pantries, and organizations like the Salvation Army.

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The field of Republican candidates to challenge Senator Russ Feingold is up to four now...

And the fourth, Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson, thinks he has the best chance of all those candidates to send Feingold packing after 18 years.  Johnson is traveling with his family this week to announce his run for the Republican Senate nomination. In La Crosse today, Johnson pledged to listen to the people...but he hasn't decided whether to follow Feingold's example of regulat listening sessions if he's elected.

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THE STORY OF THE SLEEPY TRUCK DRIVER HAULING A LOAD OF ENERGY DRINKS THROUGH WISCONSIN WAS GOOD FOR SOME LAUGHS ON CABLE NEWS CHANNELS THIS WEEKEND...

BUT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ISN'T LAUGHING. CANADIAN DRIVER BEANT GILL IS BEING CHARGED WITH FELONY ENDANGERMENT AND FLEEING POLICE ON A 20-MILE TEAR THROUGH MONROE COUNTY. JUDGE MICHAEL MC ALPINE SET GILL'S BOND AT 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH. GILL IS FORMERLY FROM INDIA, AND NEEDS AN INTERPRETER TO COMMUNICATE IN COURT. STATE POLICE SAID GILL'S TRUCK WAS WEAVING ALL OVER THE HIGHWAY. A BOMB-SNIFFING DOG DETECTED SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS IN THE TRUCK, BUT A BOMD SQUAD FOUND NO EXPLOSIVES IN THE TRAILER.

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