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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Thursday - May 13, 2010 9:35 pm

Hwy 16 Closed Overnight Following Semi Chase

A portion of Highway 16 between Bangor and Sparta could be closed all night, as police investigate a semi involved in a chase from Tomah to Sparta.  People living near the spot where the truck was halted have been evacuated, and I-90 is suggested as a detour until morning.

 

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Thursday - May 13, 2010 9:32 pm

Judge Says Skipperliner Should Release Boats

Some local boat owners who keep their boats docked at Skipperliner on French Island could get them in the water in a few days.

Judge Dale Pasell is directing a receiver for Skipperliner to arrange for boats to be returned to their owners as soon as possible, maybe by this weekend. The sudden shutdown of the boat-maker two weeks ago literally left those owners high and dry...not knowing if they could get access to their dry-docked boats before the start of summer. The judge's order also affects people who own boats kept at Skipperliner property in Arizona.

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Thursday - May 13, 2010 12:10 pm

Last Of The "Redmen"?

One area school board could vote tonight to get rid of its long-time Indian nickname...or maybe not.

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau superintendent Troy Gunderson thinks a vote on the future of the "Redmen" nickname could go either way.  Governor Doyle signed a bill last week giving the state more power to force schools to drop Indian mascots.  Gunderson says there's pressure from G-E-T taxpayers to settle the matter, now that the bill has been signed.  Last year, the G-E-T board came within one vote of abolishing the nickname.

 

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Thursday - May 13, 2010 12:05 pm

What's Up, Dock? Skipperliner In Court Today

The Skipperliner situation turns up in court today...

A hearing is scheduled this afternoon in La Crosse on Skipperliner's decision to shut down and seek bankruptcy protection. And the Campbell Town Board appears content to let the courts handle the matter, for now. Town administrator Travis Parish says the board took no action on Tuesday night to seek money from the boat company...even after town residents asked the board to try to get a 600-thousand dollar loan back from Skipperliner. Parish says the board will keep an eye on what the courts decide about the company's responsibility to creditors.

 

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Wednesday - May 12, 2010 12:55 pm

Mark Schneider Gets Commodore Cap For 2010

A guy who's been in the air conditioning business a long time will probably spend much of 4th of July weekend this year outdoors, and wearing white shorts.

Mark Schneider Senior will be this year's Riverfest Commodore in La Crosse. His family runs Schneider Heating and Air Conditioning. Mark says he was in Florida last February, when he learned about the honor through a phone call.  Mark and his wife Peg will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary during Riverfest...which begins June 30th and ends July 4th. The new commodore says you might see him a lot around the food court and the beer tent.

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Wednesday - May 12, 2010 12:53 pm

G-E-T Ready To Retire Redmen?

Last spring, the "Redmen" nickname almost became history at the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau schools...

By a single vote, the school board decided to keep the Indian nickname and logo. But a year later, school officials may feel they now have the votes to retire that symbol. A proposal to drop the Redmen nickname and mascot comes before the G-E-T board again tomorrow night. And the meeting agenda also includes discussion of a timeline for choosing a new nickname. The plans for a change come just a week after Governor Doyle signed a law putting more pressure on schools to give up racial nicknames.

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We could learn next month whether we'll get to know anything more about Bryan Stanley's release from Mendota.

The state of Wisconsin ordered Stanley to be released to the public last year, more than 20 years after he killed three men at a Catholic church in Onalaska. Now, the same judge who sealed details of Stanley's release is being asked to open up the files. Rose Hammes's father was one of the murder victims, and she would like to know that Stanley is taking his meds.  Hammes says it's "despicable" that law enforcement has not directly told the victims' families when Stanley was released, or where he's living now.  The La Crosse Tribune went to court to get the sealed files open, leading the state to order a hearing. Judge Ramona Gonzalez is scheduled to have that hearing June 2nd.

 

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An Onalaska business owner has massive brain injuries after a weekend boat crash in Florida.

Jason Baldner is in a coma, according to Bill Weber of La Crosse, who's speaking for the Baldner family. Jason was a passenger on a boat that crashed into a seawall at Cape Coral, Florida. Former Onalaska resident Jason Williams was driving the boat, and he's also in the hospital along with another passenger. Weber says Jason Baldner's parents and other relatives are in Florida to be with him. Jason Baldner is head of '4-1-1 Technologies' in the La Crosse area, and he's former president of Kitchen Solvers.

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Two years after a medical helicopter crashed north of La Crosse, killing three people aboard, the cause of the wreck still has not been determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board filed a factual summary about the accident months ago, but has not issued a final report. Three men were on the chopper...a doctor, a nurse, and the pilot. The Med Flight medical director, Dr. Ryan Wubben, says he still thinks about the crash every day, but the accident does not 'define' Med Flight as an agency. The company's helicopters now include night vision equipment that they didn't have the night of the crash.

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Monday - May 10, 2010 12:35 pm

Hockey Mask Robber Not Caught Yet

The robber in the hockey mask hasn't turned up yet...

Three days after a holdup at the Firefighters Credit Union in downtown La Crosse, police have not made an arrest in the case. Lieutenant Bob Berndt says people have called, suggesting they might know who the robber was, but police don't have a clear I-D yet. The gunman who took money from the credit union wore a mask the entire time he was in the building. Investigators have not found out where he ran after the robbery.

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