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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'LC' logo approved by La Crosse County baffles many observers

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Friday - April 21, 2017 5:20 pm

Kendhammer murder trial set for year's end

Trial for West Salem man will happen more than a year after wife's death

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Friday - April 21, 2017 5:12 pm

Winona drive-by shooting suspect will be tried

Waiters accused of killing 1, injuring another outside bar

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In April of 2001, the national media kept track of severe flooding on the Mississippi.  For a couple of days, the focus was on La Crosse, as TV networks covered briefings by La Crosse public works director Pat Caffrey.  The river crested in La Crosse on April 18th at 4 feet above flood stage, and after the crest, the media moved on downriver to Prairie du Chien.  One live TV story from NBC featured a reporter and a camera person in a boat on waterlogged Main Street in Prairie...which may have given viewers a false impression of the flooding.  Prairie du Chien's Main Street runs parallel to the river, and is on the westernmost fringe of downtown.  The busiest street in downtown PDC, Blackhawk Avenue, was mostly dry. 

The Brewers had just opened their new park, Miller Park, that April.  The team still finished 25 games out of first place in its division that season.

Movies making money during the early part of 2001 included "Spy Kids," "Bridget Jones's Diary," and the original "Shrek"...16 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

Thursday - April 20, 2017 8:32 am

All-America honors, 52 years ago

In 1965, La Crosse became one of 13 communities to win the title of 'All-America City' for that year.  Three towns in Alaska were included on the list, for their efforts to recover from a massive earthquake the year before. 

The 1965 flood of the Mississippi, which would be a record-breaker, caused some concern for the Wisconsin Republican Party, which was planning to have its annual convention that May in La Crosse.  Party leaders considered whether to move the meeting to another city.  Even though the main convention sessions would be held on high ground at the Sawyer Auditorium, other events were planned on water-logged Barron Island, site of the Holiday Inn.  The Mississippi crested at 17.7 feet in La Crosse on April 20th...almost 6 feet over the flood stage.  Almost all of Riverside Park was underwater, except for the Big Indian statue.  The flooding did lead to cancellation of one La Crosse concert, a show by country singer Marty Robbins. 
 
Musicals dominated the Oscars that April.  The movie version of 'My Fair Lady' beat 'Mary Poppins' and 'Dr. Strangelove' for Best Picture, and won the Best Actor award for Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins.  Julie Andrews, as Mary Poppins, took the Best Actress honor over Anne Bancroft, Sophia Loren, and Debbie Reynolds.  52 years ago, 1965, yesterday in La Crosse. 
 

 

Thursday - April 20, 2017 7:48 am

Long-time La Crosse Mayor Pat Zielke dies

Former Trane Co. employee led city for 22 years

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Thursday - April 20, 2017 12:25 am

La Crosse could lose Amtrak under new Trump budget

City planning head, however, has opposite ideas in mind.

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Nine members voted no, arguing it's too plain.

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Galesville sculptor Elmer Petersen was the subject of a magazine article in the spring of 2007.  The Danish Immigrant Museum of Elk Horn, Iowa highlighted "The World's Largest Buffalo," a 26-foot high sculpture located in Jamestown, North Dakota.  Petersen's work was being displayed in a museum art exhibit honoring Danish-American artists.  He's well known in the Coulee Region for the sculpture of native Americans playing the game of lacrosse, and for the bronze eagle at the west end of State Street in downtown La Crosse. 
 
New barriers were being installed along the Mississippi in Riverside Park.  That was part of the work being done to prevent future downtown drownings.  City committees had done months of study, following the 2004 drowning death of local college student Jared Dion.
 
La Crosse musician Rob Gonzalez was performing at the La Crosse Center that April, and U-W-L hosted a concert by a 17-year-old country singer who's a major music star a decade later.  Her name is Taylor Swift, and she performed at Cartwright Center 10 years ago today, 2007, Yesterday in La Crosse.
 

Kabat ran unopposed in winning his second term as mayor.

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