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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The number nearly doubled from attempts made in 2016.

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Wisconsin collected more drugs than any other state.

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Monday - May 22, 2017 5:19 pm

Valley View mall in Onalaska is for sale

Mall has annual sales close to $400 million.

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Pronounced dead at the scene.

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In the year 2000, the fate of the "Hiawatha" statue in La Crosse's Riverside Park was in the hands of a special study committee.  That group was trying to decide whether to repaint and fix the "Big Indian" built 40 years earlier by high school art teacher Anthony Zimmerhakl, or to remove it because Native Americans found it offensive.  One committee member was absent, and the others split evenly, 4 to 4, prompting a comparison to the disputed Bush-Gore presidential election that year.  The absent member was back for the next meeting, and the committee decided to repair Hiawatha.

The 2000 honorees for the annual Iverson-Freking community awards sounded like characters in a game of "Clue."  Mr. White and Mr. and Mrs. Peacock were recognized by the Bethany St. Joseph organization.  Larry White, and Lyle and Myrna Peacock received the awards for their community volunteer work. 

In the late spring of 2000, movie fans were paying to see "Gladiator," with Russell Crowe...the second "Mission: Impossible" film with Tom Cruise...and "Big Momma's House."  Seventeen years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

Audience heard about experiences of docs at Boston Marathon bombing, Sandy Hook.

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Nola Starling attended Viterbo when Fine Arts Center opened in 1971.

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In the spring of 1967, K-Mart in La Crosse was selling beef, with the help of some cheesecake.  A group of young ladies called the 'Miss U-S Choice Girls' was going to appear at K-Mart, to serve customers samples of beef fondue.  In a newspaper ad, the store had to explain what 'fondue' was...a Swiss method of cooking bites of meat in boiling peanut oil for 10 seconds, and then dipping the meat in a sauce.  Fondue apparently had not caught on in America until the 1964 World's Fair. 
 
The Genoa nuclear reactor was nearing completion, along Highway 35.  Dairyland Power had just hired a project engineer for the new electric plant being built by Allis-Chalmers for the Atomic Energy Commission.
 
On TV each week, 'The Beverly Hillbillies' would open with its theme song, often including a verse mentioning the sponsor.  Kellogg's was one sponsor.  Winston cigarettes was another...but Winston stopped sponsoring 'Hillbillies' in '67, because of a tobacco industry rule that cigarettes could not be sold on a show where nearly half the viewers were under 20 years old.  That was 50 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

Also, 30-year-old pleads not guilty to sexual assault of 16-year-old girl.

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Thursday - May 18, 2017 8:44 am

A visit by McGovern, 49 years ago

In early 1968, South Dakota Sen. George McGovern came to the La Crosse State campus for a speech about foreign policy.  McGovern was billed as a "liberal critic" of President Johnson's policies.  The Senator recently had visited Oktoberfest.  He won the Democratic nomination for president in 1972.

A fire at Drake Hall on campus.  Flames were seen in a 4th floor window of Drake, by students living in neighboring Wentz Hall.  It started in a wastebasket and spread to the window, but it was doused quickly.

"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" rapidly became the hottest show on TV in 1968, making stars out of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin.  "Laugh-In" replaced "The Man from UNCLE" on the NBC schedule.  Other popular shows which ended in '68 included "The Monkees," "Batman," and "Lost in Space."  Forty-nine years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

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