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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CCA board says it reached out to
community in multiple ways for several weeks. 

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On August 2nd of 1977, voters in the La Crosse school district turned out for an unusual summer election, and threw five school board members out of office for firing a junior high principal known for using physical force on students to maintain discipline.  The board voted that March not to renew the contract of Longfellow principal Myron McKee, and his supporters fought back by starting a recall drive, a constitutional provision rarely used in Wisconsin at the time.  National media portrayed the special election as a sign that La Crosse was endorsing corporal punishment in school.  Recall elections became much more frequent in the state after the McKee controversy...and were used again in La Crosse 15 years later to remove school board members who approved a new busing plan for the district.  
 
The Wisconsin Touring Theater Company from U-W-La Crosse was wrapping up its third season of plays performed in a portable mini-theater at school gyms around the state. The '77 season included "Little Mary Sunshine," the courtroom drama "The Night of January 16th," and the children's shows "Sleeping Beauty" and "Tom Sawyer."
 
And Elvis Presley performed his final tour that summer, shortly before his death. One of his last concerts was in Madison, where Elvis made news for breaking up a fight at a gas station. Forty years ago, 1977, yesterday in La Crosse.
 

MnDot says stops in La Crosse are at least five years away. 

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City council will vote on making city clerk appointed position. 

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Tuesday - August 1, 2017 8:43 am

Looking 20 years into the future, from 1969

The La Crosse State campus paper, the "Racquet," pointed out that the local college was the smallest in the state system at only 53 acres.  A new 20-year expansion plan would make the college property four times bigger.  A consulting firm from Michigan suggested rebuilding Memorial Stadium in the marsh, and city council president Bernie Maney wondered whether the Memorial swimming pool near Mitchell Hall would remain open.  It was also predicted that by 1988, the campus would have up to three parking ramps.  UW-L has just one ramp. 

An editorial in the Racquet declared that "the human race is dying," and it would take a major effort for humans to survive the 20th century.

The student senate on campus approved a resolution supporting fund-raising by the Marching Chiefs band, for a trip to perform in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day of 1970...yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

Nearly hits Top 10 for rain in city's history. 

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Recovery facility would be built near Mayo and Lincoln Middle School. 

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Monday - July 31, 2017 8:43 am

The running mate drops out, 45 years ago

On July 31st in 1972, Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri resigned as the Democratic nominee for vice president.  Eagleton had been on the ticket with George McGovern for less than three weeks, but his mental health was in question after he admitted to getting psychiatric treatment three times for depression.  The McGovern camp was convinced that the Eagleton scandal was taking attention away from other issues in the race to unseat President Richard Nixon.  Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson sat in on a meeting with McGovern and Eagleton that night, but Nelson said he didn't want to run for VP.  However, Gov. Pat Lucey said he probably would accept a draft if he were asked.
 
Milwaukee native Arthur Bremer was convicted of attempted murder that week.  Bremer had stalked Gov. George Wallace on the campaign trail before shooting him in Maryland on May 15th, confining Wallace to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  Bremer was sentenced to 63 years in prison.  He was released in 2007.
 
Former La Crosse Central teacher and coach Walter "Babe" Weigent died that July...the same month that the old Central building on Cass Street was torn down.  The block was turned into a park eventually named after Weigent, and a statue of Babe in that park was dedicated just this month.  We said goodbye to Babe and the school in 1972...yesterday in La Crosse.
 

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