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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Wednesday - March 3, 2010 9:50 pm

Alcohol Video Cotnest

ALCOHOL EDUCATION FOR THE INTERNET GENERATION...

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH LA CROSSE COUNTY'S COALITION ON RISKY DRINKING BEHAVIOR HAVE MADE THEIR OWN VIDEOS ABOUT THE RESPONSIBLE USE OF ALCOHOL. SOME ARE SERIOUS, OTHERS ARE SATIRICAL, BUT THEY'RE ALL ON LINE TO BE VOTED ON THIS WEEK, AT www.thebuzzstopshere.com.

 

AL BLISS OF THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THE VOTING WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY, WITH WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MARCH 10TH AT U-W-L. AL HOPES THAT SOME OF THE VIDEOS MIGHT BE SEEN IN THE FUTURE AS PRE-SHOW ATTRACTIONS IN LOCAL MOVIE THEATERS.

 

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Tuesday - March 2, 2010 9:03 pm

No Saturday Mail?

IN MANY WAYS, THE INTERNET IS REPLACING THE POST OFFICE AS A NORMAL WAY TO COMMUNICATE...

A SHARP DROP IN THE VOLUME OF ITEMS BEING MAILED HAS FORCED THE POSTAL SERVICE TO REVIVE THE IDEA OF ENDING SATURDAY DELIVERIES. IRONICALLY, MARGE OEHLKE FROM THE REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE POSTAL SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE SAYS MORE PEOPLE ARE GOING ON-LINE TO HANDLE THEIR REGULAR MAIL, AT THE OFFICIAL POST OFFICE WEBSITE.

 

OEHLKE SAYS THE POSTAL SERVICE WILL ALWAYS BE NEEDED FOR IMPORTANT BUSINESS DELIVERIES, EVEN AS THE AMOUNT OF PERSONAL MAIL GOES DOWN.

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Tuesday - March 2, 2010 9:00 pm

Nodine Shootings Nearly Solved

 

WHO DID IT IS NOT THE MAIN QUESTION ANY MORE, BUT RATHER 'WHY' DID HE DO IT?

THE WINONA COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE SHOOTING DEATHS LAST WEEK OF MORGAN AND DEBRAH NEDERHISER AT THEIR NODINE HOME. PROSECUTOR CHUCK MACLEAN SAYS MOST EVIDENCE POINTS TO A MURDER-SUICIDE IN WHICH MORGAN WAS THE SHOOTER. BUT MACLEAN SAYS IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS TO REACH A FINAL CONCLUSION. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THERE ARE REPORTS THAT MR. NEDERHISER WAS HAVING BUSINESS TROUBLE.

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Monday - March 1, 2010 9:35 pm

Downtown Patrols Proposed

SHOULD THERE BE MORE PATROLS IN DOWNTOWN LA CROSSE AT NIGHT?  A GROUP OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENTS AT WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE PROPOSES THAT IDEA AS ONE WAY TO PREVENT DRUNKEN DROWNINGS.

 

STUDENT JESSICA JORSTAD MADE THAT SUGGESTION DURING A CEREMONY AT RIVERSIDE PARK ON SUNDAY, TO REMEMBER YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE DROWNED IN THE MISSISSIPPI. THE W-T-C STUDENTS ALSO ARE LOOKING FOR A STOREFRONT WHICH COULD BE USED AS A YEAR-ROUND CENTER FOR PEOPLE WHO GET INTO TROUBLE DOWNTOWN.

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Monday - March 1, 2010 1:19 pm

Chemicals Found At Site Of House Fire

The La Crosse man who died in a house fire overnight apparently had hazardous chemicals in his basement.  A bomb squad was brought to the 1000 block of Redfield Street after the fire which killed James Oestreich.  Police have ruled out the possibility that Oestreich had a meth lab in the house.

 

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Sunday - February 28, 2010 10:13 pm

RIVER SAFETY CEREMONY

THERE'S STILL SNOW ON THE GROUND AND ICE ON THE RIVER, AS THERE WAS TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN A LA CROSSE COLLEGE STUDENT DROWNED IN THE MISSISSIPPI.

BUT FAIRLY MILD WEATHER ON SUNDAY BROUGHT OUT DOZENS OF PEOPLE IN RIVERSIDE PARK, TO REMEMBER YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE DROWNED IN RECENT YEARS, AND TO OFFER NEW IDEAS FOR RIVERFRONT SAFETY.

 

THE CEREMONY WAS ORGANIZED BY A GROUP OF PEOPLE INCLUDING PAULA HOMP, WHOSE BROTHER DROWNED IN THE RIVER IN 1986.

 

PAULA IS ALSO PUTTING TOGETHER A COMMITTEE OF COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS, TO COME UP WITH IDEAS FOR REDUCING BINGE DRINKING AND MAKING DOWNTOWN SAFER.

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Sunday - February 28, 2010 10:08 pm

CLARE BACK ON CAMPUS

IT MAY BE A WHILE BEFORE SHE CAN GET BACK TO REGULAR EXERCISE...OR TO SINGING WITH A JAZZ GROUP AT U-W-LA CROSSE.

BUT CLARE MALINOWSKI IS HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE CLASSROOM AFTER GOING THROUGH CARDIAC ARREST IN AN EXERCISE ROOM IN LATE JANUARY. CLARE AND HER PARENTS CELEBRATED HER RETURN AT A CAMPUS RECEPTION ON FRIDAY. AFTERWARD, THE 20-YEAR-OLD STUDENT TOLD REPORTERS ABOUT ADJUSTMENTS SHE HAS TO MAKE, FOR THE COMING WEEKS.  SHE HAS TO TAKE IT EASY WHILE EXERCISING, AND SHE'S NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE A CAR FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.

 

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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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