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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Candahl said dept. averages 150 scene calls per year.








In May of 1964, at the urging of the city council, the La Crosse School Board voted to build a new 1,500 student high school on the south side...effectively replacing the existing Central High School on Cass Street. The school board had been leaning toward leaving Central where it was, and building a smaller third high school to meet growing enrollment demands. One reason given for having two schools instead of three was apathy...the lack of much public opinion to guide the school board.




Citizens of La Crosse were not apathetic about the possibility of losing the local weather bureau. They fought to keep it, despite a federal plan to close the La Crosse office to save money. In May, Senator William Proxmire announced that public interest helped keep the weather station open.




Lots of area towns still had passenger rail service in '64. La Crosse had six stops by Milwaukee Road trains each day. The Hiawatha and Pioneer Limited went west with stops at Winona and Red Wing, and provided service to New Lisbon and Portage on their eastward runs. Riding the rails 53 years ago, 1964, yesterday in La Crosse.





Consultant says building should focus on conventions, while board president disagrees.


In the summer of 2004, Gundersen Lutheran announced plans to build a renal dialysis center near its Onalaska clinic and the old Fauver Hill School.  The new building would allow up to 30 patients at a time to get kidney filtration, compared to the 18 patients who could use the existing Gundersen facility.

Plans for a new zoo in La Crosse were moving slowly.  A proposal to improve the Myrick Zoo was introduced to the city park board in 1999.  Five years later, the local Rotary Clubs were eager to jump-start the project, eventually called the Myrick Eco-Park, which had no animals on display.  Dean Dickinson with the Rotary told the park board that the seven local clubs were interested in raising up to $4 million for the zoo renovations.

At the movies, Bernie Mac starred in "Mr. 3000."  Bernie played a former baseball star with the Brewers, and some scenes were shot at Miller Park in Milwaukee.  The movie came out 13 years ago, 2004, yesterday in La Crosse.





County has yet to pinpoint exact cause.


Wednesday - May 10, 2017 8:45 am

Radio stars in the spotlight, 52 years ago

In May of 1965, La Crosse radio station WKTY was featured in a newspaper ad.  Lee Broadcasting was celebrating 10 years of owning 580 AM, on the air 18 and 3/4 hours a day from the Hotel Stoddard.  The ad featured president and manager Herb Lee, vice-president Phil Dyer, and news director Milo Knutson, just ending a 10-year run in his other job as mayor of La Crosse. 

That May, La Crosse was recovering from the worst Mississippi River flood on record.  The Racquet newspaper at La Crosse State jokingly suggested names for books that could be written about the flood...such as "We Are Safe," apparently a bad forecast by the La Crosse County flood inspector, and "How Do You Dispose of 6,000 Sandbags?"

At the end of a semester, college men were in the mood to buy engagement rings for their girlfriends.  The Racquet ran ads for stores including Cremer's Jewelry, Buol Jewelry, and Crescent Jewelers.  Crescent is the only surviving store from that group which advertised 52 years ago, 1965, yesterday in La Crosse.





City paid $450,000 for parking gates around 3 years ago.


Wednesday - May 10, 2017 2:43 am

La Crosse Center trying to do too much?

Consultant says building needs narrower focus.


Witness said person in the water called for help, then disappeared


Tuesday - May 9, 2017 8:45 am

Celebrating V-E Day, 72 years ago





The 8th of May in 1945 was declared V-E Day, marking the German surrender to the Allies in World War Two. It came five years and eight months after Adolf Hitler and the Nazis invaded Poland to start the war. Harry Truman marked his first birthday as President of the United States on the 8th, by announcing the Allied victory. Truman had been on the job less than a month after the death of President Franklin Roosevelt. On V-E Day, people were still wondering where Hitler was. Historians determined that Hitler killed himself a week before the Germans gave up. Meanwhile, the war in the Pacific was still going, and a Wisconsin newspaper headline said Japan was 'much annoyed' by the Nazi surrender.




Rationing of food, fuel, and other items would continue for a while. One newspaper ad promoted 'Tang.' Not the breakfast drink. That didn't come along until the late 50's. This 'Tang' was a canned meat produced by the Cudahy Packing Company, and was an imitation version of Spam.




Another ad in the papers asked 'Are You a Has-Been?' If you were weak and tired-out, with a lack of drive, you could buy 'Tromone,' containing vitamins, calcium, and phosphorus.




At the Oscars that spring, Bing Crosby won best actor for playing a priest in the Best Picture of the year, 'Going My Way.' Ingrid Bergman was best actress for 'Gaslight.' Crosby and Bergman would team up in a sequel to 'Going My Way' called 'The Bells of St. Mary's'...released in 1945, 72 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.






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