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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Shilling and Congressman Ron Kind opted
not to challenge Gov. Walker in 2018.

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Gov. Scott Walker announced in Feb. city
would get money as part of $40 million renovation.

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Starting on June 17th of 1963, La Crosse County would begin building its new courthouse on 4th Street.  The nearly two million dollar courthouse and jail would open in 1965.  It was used by the county for government offices until the end of last year, and is now being converted into student housing.  The Tribune reported in '63 that the local historical society wasn't interested in saving the existing courthouse, and neither was the public.  Belle Square now stands on the site of that old courthouse. 
 
The pope died that June, from stomach cancer.   John XXIII had served as pope for less than five years.  Viterbo University in La Crosse has given an annual service award in his memory since the 1970's.  It's now known as the Saint John XXIII Award. 
 
La Crosse Bishop John Treacy presided over the laying of a cornerstone, completing an addition to St. Francis Hospital.  The new section of the Catholic hospital cost five million dollars. 
 
On Friday nights that summer, you could watch Channel 8 to see "Rawhide," "The Flintstones," "Ben Casey," "Route 66," and "77 Sunset Strip."  In 1963, 54 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse. 


 

From drug testing the needy to Gov. Walker's ignoring pro-growth policies.

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Miller was upbeat, comical taking with crowd, despite tragedy recently.

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The 1991-92 academic year was one of the most chaotic in the La Crosse school system with school leaders and citizens arguing for most of the year about busing plans and socio-economic balance, and leading to attempts to recall six of the nine school board members.  Four people actually were removed from the board during a special election in the summer of '92.  At the start of the school year, Charles Miller was board president and John Parkyn was vice-president.  Miller lost in the regular April election, and Parkyn was recalled.  Dick Swantz was superintendent...a job he had held since 1977, the year of the previous La Crosse school board recall.  David Johnston was assistant superintendent, and Woody Wiedenhoeft was district business manager.  Future superintendent Jerry Kember was the supervisor of fine arts.  The busing and boundary plan was introduced in October of '91, to help balance the number of rich and poor kids in each school after the 1992 opening of two new schools, North Woods and Southern Bluffs.  Classes were scheduled to end on June 5th of '92, just a month before the recall elections.  Twenty-five years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

 

 

Planners showed board 8 versions of a second ballroom.

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Wednesday - June 7, 2017 10:37 am

La Crosse K-Mart on national closing list

September closing expected for State Road store

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Wednesday - June 7, 2017 8:34 am

Waiting for the new bank, 35 years ago

In 1982, people who worked in downtown La Crosse were waiting to see when construction would start on the First Bank Tower at 2nd and Main, now known as U.S. Bank.  The 10-story project had been announced in 1980, but actual building was postponed until at least September of '82.  Just a couple of blocks away, an open grass lot replaced the old Hotel Stoddard, which had closed just the year before.

An executive with Group W Cable in La Crosse was insulted that the La Crosse city council wanted to review his company's rates.  Terry Myering of Group W called it a "slap in the face" for the government to want more control over cable rates, which he said should be determined by the free market. 

"Dallas" was the #1 show on network TV in 1982, followed by "60 Minutes" and "The Jeffersons."  New series which came on the air that year included "Late Night with David Letterman," "Cagney and Lacey," "Cheers," and "Family Ties."  Thirty-five years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

Kabat says 1 in 8 people ride to work, appointments.

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