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 1, 2017 11:36 am

Accused bank robber gets one year of probation

One year for child neglect while robbery charge is dismissed.

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Old downtown meters aren't easy to sell.

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Tuesday - February 28, 2017 5:41 pm

Former Mayor Milo has a heart attack, in 1967

In April of 1967, Milo Knutson woke up on a Sunday morning with chest pains and checked into St. Francis Hospital.  Knutson was only 49, and had left the mayor's office two years earlier.  He would recover, and go on to become La Crosse's state Senator in the 1968 election.

Ronald Reagan had just marked 100 days as the new governor of California, and the former movie star claimed he hadn't gotten a honeymoon from the media.  Reagan's future style of presidential decision-making was already evident as governor.  A newspaper story said Reagan asked his staff to give him one-page briefings on important bills, explaining the issues and offering options...a practice that continued when he went to the White House.

A two-week strike by TV performers almost kept the Oscars off ABC in '67.  The AFTRA strike was settled less than two hours before the awards show went on the air.  In La Crosse, WKBT announced that if the Oscars weren't broadcast as planned, Channel 8 would show "The Big Valley" instead, along with its 10 p.m. "service bloc"...meaning the news, weather, and sports.

 

 

 

A delegation from La Crosse took part in the St. Paul Winter Carnival of 1969. 

Two hundred persons from La Crosse took a train to the Twin Cities to be in a big February parade. Festmaster John Thomas, Mrs. Oktoberfest Joyce Lindseth, and Miss Oktoberfest Kristie Gates all rode on the Oktoberfest float. Also heading the local delegation was one fellow described by the Tribune as a 'Fest director'...named Russell Cleary. Within a few years, Cleary would be the president of the Heileman Brewery. The really big names in the Winter Carnival parade included singer Pat Boone and actor Greg Morris, Barney from the TV show 'Mission: Impossible."

 

 

 

La Crosse would take another crack at fluoridation in 1969. A fluoride referendum had been defeated during the presidential election three months earlier, but the city council authorized another referendum for April 1st. The idea was rejected again by the voters. The city eventually did pass a fluoride referendum, about 20 years later.

 

 

 

And Florida had a Winter White House that year, as the new Republican president, Richard Nixon, established a vacation home in Key Biscayne, near Miami. Secret Service agents had set up a blockade at the end of the street, and required Nixon's neighbors to show ID whenever they tried to get home. That was 48 years ago, 1969, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Tuesday - February 28, 2017 1:33 am

North side McD's shutting down after 45 years

It will re-open a few blocks away by summer.

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OK, not really, but you will learn to
cut the Irish rug and for a good cause.

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Nearly 300 were charged with meth-related crimes in area last year.

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Thursday - February 23, 2017 8:48 am

U-W-L didn't get a new stadium, 41 years ago

In early 1976, a La Crosse council committee turned down a master plan for the university which would involve building a new sports stadium in the marsh area.  The city wanted to keep the stadium available for high school football games.

Author Tom Wolfe spoke at U-W-L in early '76.  Wolfe said recent events in history, such as the Vietnam War, would make good topics for books.  Wolfe had not yet written some of his most famous books, including "The Right Stuff." 

La Crosse's top FM station at the time, LA-93, was sold to Family Radio and renamed Z-93.  The station started out as WWLA, and played beautiful music until switching to a Top 40 format in 1974. 

 

Kind had enough of Obamacare being political punching bag.

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Tuesday - February 21, 2017 7:08 am

Festmaster to be named earlier for Oktoberfest

The lederhosen season in La Crosse will start earlier this year.

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