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 the middle of a high-stakes poker game, you don't want to tip your hand...

That's the position the Wisconsin Democratic Party is in, as it promotes recall efforts against eight Republican state senators. It's not going to say how close they are to filing papers against any Senator, including La Crosse's Dan Kapanke. Graeme Zielinski, the main spokesman for the state Democrats, does say that the petition drives are running above expectations. He tells us that some Republicans disenchanted with Governor Walker are helping Dems to circulate papers.

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Wednesday - March 23, 2011 1:10 pm

Plenty Of Parking Over Here

Will more signs get drivers to use the parking ramps in La Crosse?

The idea is being discussed, following a survey showing there are hundreds of empty spaces in the downtown ramps on the average weekday. Downtown Mainstreet director Tim Kabat says the city might need to consider putting electronic signs inside the ramps, to tell drivers how many open spaces are available at any given time. City leaders are talking about ways to get more people who work downtown to park in the ramps instead of on the street.

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Wednesday - March 23, 2011 1:09 pm

Kohl Cancels Senior Visit Because Of Weather

It's not a good day to be traveling, in many parts of Wisconsin...and because of that, Herb Kohl's staff has cancelled the Senator's scheduled stops in La Crosse and other cities today.

Kohl was supposed to visit the Harry Olson Senior Center this afternoon, to talk about the future of the Senior Care program in the state. The Democratic Senator opposes attempts to reduce or eliminate federal funding for that prescription drug program.

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Thursday - March 17, 2011 10:08 pm

Lax County Passes Extensions Of Union Pacts

A mini-battle over budgets and unions, at the county level...

The La Crosse County Board has extended some union contracts for two years, which include pay raise language. Only three votes were cast against the contracts. County personnel director Bob Taunt says this will settle union matters for three years, while other parts of Wisconsin experiment with the governor's budget repairs.

Opponents of the extension do not want the county locked into granting raises for the next two years, when nobody knows what the economy will be like over that period.

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They were gone in less than 90 minutes...

Tickets for the Elton John show April 19th at the La Crosse Center were sold out in one hour and 25 minutes, according to Center manager Art Fahey. Only about 150 people went to the box office in person to buy seats, and Fahey says they were given lottery numbers for a chance at tickets. He tells us it's the fastest that a single concert has sold out in the 30-year history of the downtown arena.

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Keith Marchbanks hopes that his family will forgive him someday...for apparently trying to kill them a year ago.

Marchbanks is headed to prison for 22 years, and may not get to contact his ex-wife and children again, sating his "final goodbye" to them in court.

The West Salem man set his wife's house on fire last March, and was shot as he threatened a policeman with a butcher knife. Judge Elliott Levine challenges the claim of Marchbanks's brother that Keith never got angry until the night of the fire.

One of Marchbanks's daughters wanted him locked up for a long time, so she could raise a family without fear of him getting out of prison.

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Tuesday - March 8, 2011 10:04 pm

Narrow Approval For Bliss Road Money

It doesn't get much closer than this...

The La Crosse City Council approves funding for prep work on Bliss Road repairs...by a margin of just one vote. Seven to six. The cost to come up with designs for repair work would be about 40-thousand dollars. Council member Bob Seaquist says the road up Grandad Bluff would not have to be fixed this year...but the design work needs to be completed soon.

Seaquist also argues that going ahead with designs will give the city more leverage to negotiate with Shelby and Medary on who will pay the costs for repairs.

 

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Monday - February 28, 2011 9:24 pm

Walker Wants Democrats Home

It's time for the standoff to end, according to Governor Walker...

Wisconsin's Republican governor flew around the state yesterday, to La Crosse and other places.  Walker says the state will lose out on millions that could be used to help balance the budget, if 14 Democrats do not return to Madison and vote on the budget plan by tonight. While the governor spoke to reporters inside a La Crosse airport hangar yesterday, a couple dozen union picketers were outside, hoping to speak to Walker.  The governor says even if some collective bargaining rights are eliminated because of the bill, Wisconsin state workers will still have better benefits than many federal workers.

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Friday - February 25, 2011 12:40 pm

Nerison Votes No On Budget, Shilling Doesn't Vote

One area Republican broke ranks with his party when the Assembly passed Governor Walker's budget plan today.

Lee Nerison of Vernon County was among a handful of Republicans voting 'no' on the bill, which has been widely criticized for taking away some collective bargaining rights of state workers. Nerison cast one of 17 'no' votes, while 28 other lawmakers did not vote...including La Crosse Democrat Jennifer Shilling. The bill moves to the Senate, but no vote can be taken until 14 Democratic Senators return from Illinois.

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Tuesday - February 22, 2011 1:33 pm

Holmen Prez Speaks About Administrator Firing

For the second time in two years, the administrator's seat is empty at the Holmen Village Hall.

Administrator Mary Willett was fired last night after only about a year on the job. She didn't show up at the village board meeting to defend herself. Other village leaders were unhappy about Willett's job performance, and about the apparent padding of her resume to show more administrative experience than she really had. Village president Nancy Proctor says it's sad that the situation came to this, because staffers at the village hall liked Willett.  Proctor says no decision has been made yet on finding a new administrator...or on using the same employee search firm that recommended Willett for the Holmen job.

 

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