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 - February 26, 2010 12:47 pm

Indian Logo Bill To State Senate

WISCONSIN STATE SENATORS WILL GET THE NEXT CRACK AT A BILL TO STOP SCHOOL DISTRICTS FROM USING INDIAN LOGOS.  THAT BILL PASSED THE ASSEMBLY BY A NINE-VOTE MARGIN YESTERDAY. IT WOULD ALLOW THE STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TO IMPOSE FINES ON ANY DISTRICT WHICH REFUSES TO DROP A NICKNAME OR MASCOT RULED TO BE OFFENSIVE TO A CERTAIN RACE. SENATOR KATHLEEN VINEHOUT OF ALMA SUPPORTS THE BILL, SAYING THE STATE NEEDS TO 'BURY VESTIGES' OF RACISM IN SCHOOL NICKNAMES. THE OSSEO-FAIRCHILD AND G-E-T SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN VINEHOUT'S DISTRICT HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED FOR MAINTAINING INDIAN NICKNAMES.

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Friday - February 26, 2010 12:45 pm

NEW JAIL, NO BASEMENT

IT WILL BE CHEAPER TO REPLACE SOME BAD SOIL THAN TO BUILD A BASEMENT IN ITS PLACE.

THAT'S ONE REASON WHY HOUSTON COUNTY HAS DECIDED NOT TO ADD A BASEMENT TO ITS PLANS FOR A NEW COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER. SOIL AT THE COURTHOUSE SITE IN CALEDONIA WAS FOUND TO BE UNSTABLE, AND IT WILL BE REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH A MORE STABLE FOUNDATION.  HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN LARRY CONNERY SAYS INCLUDING A BASEMENT COULD HAVE ADDED CLOSE TO A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE BUILDING COST. ALSO, THAT CHANGE DIDN'T FIT INTO A LAND DEAL WITH THE CITY OF CALEDONIA. CONSTRUCTION ON THE NEW JAIL COULD START AS SOON AS THIS MAY.

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Thursday - February 25, 2010 9:41 pm

CHANGES FOR RIVERWATCH?

MORE WATCHERS, MORE TERRITORY, LONGER HOURS?

ARE THERE WAYS THAT THE RIVERWATCH PROGRAM IN DOWNTOWN LA CROSSE COULD BE IMPROVED? THE QUESTIONS ARE COMING UP, AS A RESULT OF THE FIRST RIVER DROWNING THAT HAS OCCURRED SINCE RIVERWATCH WAS ESTABLISHED BY LOCAL COLLEGE STUDENTS. ERIC KAHL AT U-W-LA CROSSE SAYS THE GROUP'S BOARD IS PUTTING TOGETHER AN AGENDA FOR ITS NEXT MEETING.

ONE CHANGE WHICH ERIC THINKS COULD HAPPEN SOON IS AN ADJUSTMENT IN PATROL HOURS. HE SAYS RIVER WATCHERS MIGHT START AT 11:30 P-M INSTEAD OF 11, BECAUSE THEY DON'T SEE MANY PEOPLE IN THE PARK AREA UNTIL AROUND MIDNIGHT.

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Thursday - February 25, 2010 1:15 pm

GYPSY MOTH FIGHT

THE PLANES WILL BE FLYING TO KEEP TREES FROM DYING...

THE WISCONSIN AG DEPARTMENT IS PREPARING TO SPRAY CHEMICALS IN 20 COUNTIES THIS YEAR, TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF THE GYPSY MOTH. THOSE TREATMENTS MAY KILL CATERPILLARS, OR ELSE KEEP THEM FROM MATING. AN AG DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN SAYS MUCH OF THE LA CROSSE AREA WILL BE TREATED.  THE CHEMICALS BEING SPRAYED SHOULD NOT HARM PEOPLE OR PLANTS...BUNOISE FROM THE PLANES COULD DISTURB PETS.

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Thursday - February 25, 2010 1:10 pm

WAIT ON MURDER EVIDENCE

THE TRAIL IN A 25-YEAR-OLD MURDER MYSTERY IN LA CROSSE HAS COOLED OFF A BIT, AND A LOCAL INVESTIGATOR ISN'T HAPPY.

LA CROSSE SHERIFF'S CAPTAIN KURT PAPENFUSS SAID LAST MONTH THAT MORE INFORMATION ON THE MURDER OF TERRY DOLOWY COULD BE RELEASED SOON. BUT PAPENFUSS IS STILL WAITING FOR NEWS FROM A FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGIST IN MINNESOTA WHO'S BEEN STUDYING REMAINS OF DOLOWY, WHO WAS KILLED 25 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH. HE SAYS HE'S BEGINNING TO DOUBT THE ABILITY OF THAT ANTHROPOLOGIST.

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Wednesday - February 24, 2010 10:39 pm

TIME TO TAKE THE CENSUS

THE MORE PEOPLE WHO ANSWER THE CENSUS, THE MORE MONEY YOU GET.

TIM ACKLIN OF LA CROSSE'S CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT SEES THAT AS A GOOD INCENTIVE FOR FOLKS TO COMPLETE THEIR FEDERAL CENSUS FORMS THIS YEAR. HE SAYS A HIGHER POPULATION HELPS BRING MORE GOVERNMENT GRANT MONEY TO A COMMUNITY. ACKLIN HEARD FROM A REGIONAL CENSUS REPRESENTATIVE THAT THIS REGION DOESN'T DO SUCH A GOOD JOB OF RESPONDING TO THE POPULATION COUNT.  ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF LA CROSSE CITY RESIDENTS DID NOT FILL OUT THOSE FORMS IN 2000.  TIM SAYS WE SHOULD SEE ADS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO FILL OUT THE CENSUS FORMS THAT WILL BE IN THE MAIL THROUGHOUT MARCH.

 

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Wednesday - February 24, 2010 12:45 pm

MILITARY LOUNGE PLANNED AT AIRPORT

THE IDEA IS THAT TRAVELING SOLDIERS WAITING FOR A PLANE FLIGHT DESERVE BETTER THAN HAVING TO SIT ON HARD AIRPORT CHAIRS, OR SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR.

THAT'S WHY THE LA CROSSE AIRPORT IS MAKING PLANS FOR A SMALL MILITARY LOUNGE ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE TERMINAL. DAN WRUCK, THE AIRPORT MANAGER, SAYS THE SPECIAL LOUNGE IS BEING PLANNED FOR THE EXTREME SOUTH END OF THE TERMINAL.  ONE REASON FOR THAT LOCATION, ACCORDING TO WRUCK...IT'S CLOSE TO A BUS STOP NEAR THE TERMINAL ENTRANCE. THE LA CROSSE CITY COUNCIL COULD GIVE ITS OKAY NEXT MONTH.

 

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 1:40 pm

CITY CENSUS COMMITTEE

FOR DECADES, 50-THOUSAND HAS BEEN A MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE CITY OF LA CROSSE.

CITY LEADERS OFTEN POINT OUT THAT KEEPING LA CROSSE'S POPULATION ABOVE 50-THOUSAND MAKES THE COMMUNITY ELIGIBLE FOR ALL SORTS OF GOVERNMENT HELP. THAT'S WHY THOSE LEADERS WANT AN ACCURATE CENSUS COUNT THIS YEAR. TODAY, A SPECIAL COMMITTEE PROMOTING THE CENSUS MET AT LA CROSSE CITY HALL TALKED ABOUT WAYS TO GET PEOPLE TO FILL OUT CENSUS FORMS. JUST FOUR YEARS AGO, LA CROSSE'S ESTIMATED POPULATION WAS LESS THAN 300 ABOVE THE 50-THOUSAND MARK...AND THE POPULATION DROPPED BELOW 50-THOUSAND IN THE 1980'S.

 

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 1:33 pm

HUMAN WALL PLANNED ALONG RIVER

IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA ON HOW LA CROSSE CAN PREVENT FUTURE RIVER DEATHS, THERE WILL BE A CHANCE TO SPEAK OUT THIS WEEKEND.

A COMMUNITY GATHERING IS PLANNED THIS SUNDAY AT NOON IN RIVERSIDE PARK, WHERE CITIZENS CAN TALK ABOUT THE DROWNINGS FROM THE RECENT PAST. ORGANIZER PAULA HOMP HAS A PERSONAL INTEREST IN THE DROWNINGS.  HER BROTHER DROWNED IN THE MISSISSIPPI AT LA CROSSE IN 1986, AND HE HAD BEEN DRINKING.  PEOPLE ATTENDING A TOWN MEETING AFTER THE JARED DION DROWNING IN 2004 MADE SEVERAL ANGRY ACCUSATIONS TOWARD CITY POLICE. PAULA IS ASKING THOSE WHO ATTEND SUNDAY'S EVENT TO BE CIVIL AND AVOID CONFRONTATION.

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Monday - February 22, 2010 10:06 pm

MAN CHARGED WITH SEX ABUSE OF CHILD

A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM FRENCH ISLAND FACES SERIOUS SEX-RELATED CHARGES, INVOLVING A YOUNG CHILD.

RAYMOND SMITH JUNIOR HAS BEEN JAILED FOR FIRST-DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A GIRL UNDER 12, AND FOR CAUSING BODILY HARM. INVESTIGATORS SAY SMITH CAUSED INJURY TO THE GIRL'S PRIVATE PARTS WITH A PAIR OF PLIERS. THE CHARGES DATE BACK TO LAST SUMMER, WHEN THE CHILD WAS FIVE YEARS OLD. DEFENSE ATTORNEY SEAN O'NEILL ARGUED THAT SMITH SHOULD NOT BE KEPT IN JAIL, BECAUSE HE HAS NOT FLED, AND HE CAN'T EARN A LIVING IF HE'S IN JAIL.  JUDGE RAMONA GONZALEZ SET SMITH'S BOND AT 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH. IF HE'S RELEASED FROM JAIL, SMITH CANNOT HAVE CONTACT WITH ANY MINORS.

 

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