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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Monday - July 31, 2017 3:12 am

Rivertown in Iowa recovering after tornado

Two downtown businesses were badly damaged. 

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Greenway is scheduled to be on Phish's show this afternoon between 3 and 7 p.m.

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Tech will rid city of gate system, which was installed 3 years ago for $450,000. 

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In the summer of 1957, city engineer Zenno Gorder told the La Crosse Businessman's Club that the community needed a second arterial street to take some of the load off Rose Street.  The master plan involved connecting Lang Drive to George Street by way of a bridge over the north-side railroad tracks, and a re-alignment of Lang Drive and West Avenue.  The two streets were located about half-a-block apart at La Crosse Street in '57.  
 
The battle to succeed the late Senator Joseph McCarthy was on in Wisconsin.  McCarthy, best known for his campaign against Communism in the U.S., had died in May.  Nine candidates were running for the seat that summer.  They included two incumbent House members, recently retired governor Walter Kohler, the lieutenant governor, Warren Knowles...and the runner-up in the previous election for governor, Democrat William Proxmire.  It was Proxmire who would eventually win the seat.
 
More supervision was needed at wading pools around the city.  The park board decided to appoint matrons to monitor those pools for 8-and-a-half hours a day, and to allow only kids under 10 years old to be in the pools, to discourage "roughhousing and rowdyism."  The rules covered four wading pools...at Myrick, Houska, Trane, and Copeland Parks.  
 
For summer TV watching, you could see Lawrence Welk, Vic Damone, Jimmy Durante, or a sitcom called "Mr. Adams and Eve," starring the real-life couple Howard Duff and Ida Lupino.  Sixty years ago, 1957, yesterday in La Crosse.
 

Mothers and babies part of the event at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myrick. 

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In 1976, La Crosse Mayor Pat Zielke was calling for the disbanding of the Redevelopment Authority, saying that the idea had been suggested by Washington, which the feds denied.  City leaders couldn't agree on what should be built on the vacant Harborview land between Front and 2nd Streets.  The city council had turned down Zielke's idea for a $9 million convention center.

A new Girls' Club for La Crosse had a board of directors, but no place to meet.  Organizers were looking for sites primarily on the north side of town.  A study showed that the north side had about 1500 girls who were in the age range for such a club.

Labor leader Jimmy Hoffa had been missing for exactly one year.  Investigators assumed that Hoffa had been murdered after having lunch at a restaurant near Detroit, by somebody who apparently didn't want him to regain his old position as head of the Teamsters Union.

Number 1 songs on the radio in the summer of 1976 included "Silly Love Songs," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and "Afternoon Delight."  Forty-one years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

Facility, which cost around $10 million, will have 68 rooms. 

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Wednesday - July 26, 2017 8:49 am

How far along was the interstate...52 years ago?

In the summer of 1965, Wisconsin lawmakers were working on ways to fund highway projects through bonds, instead of having to impose user fees.  Interstate 90 was still a few years away from being finished in the Coulee Region.  Crews were scheduled to build I-90 from the river to Highway 16 during fiscal '66 and '67...and finish the 35 miles from 16 to Tomah sometime in 1968.  I-94 was the priority project in the area, with the road from Eau Claire to Black River Falls to be completed during 1966.  
 
Two Safety Patrol members from Prairie du Chien were honored with life-saving awards in Washington, D.C. that year.  Stuart Meyer and John Ahrens were recognized for saving a 6-year-old boy from being hit by a train a block away from school in 1963.  
 
The nation's governors had their annual conference in Minneapolis in 1965, and a newspaper photo from the event showed two U.S. vice presidents...the incumbent Democrat, Hubert Humphrey, and future Republican V-P Nelson Rockefeller.  Humphrey was hosting the governors at his home in Minnesota.  Rockefeller was still governor of New York, but would be appointed vice president in the 1970's by Gerald Ford, after Ford succeeded Richard Nixon in the Oval Office because of Watergate.  History in the making, Yesterday in La Crosse.
 

Sunday - November 29, -0001 6:00 pm

FAA grants La Crosse airport $540,000 grant

Money will be put toward a 20-year master plan. 

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Sunday - November 29, -0001 6:00 pm

Waukon set for RAGBRAI statewide bike race

Town population will balloon from 4,000 to 20,000. 

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