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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Medical examiner looking into death of former youth hockey coach

In July of 1968, the La Crosse County Board chose to postpone the planned retirement of blacksmith Hjalmer Overson for a year.  Overson was about to turn 65, which was the mandatory retirement age for county employees at the time.  Overson worked with the highway department, repairing machinery, and the department said trying to find another blacksmith in 1968 would be virtually impossible.  
 
James Earl Ray, accused of killing Martin Luther King in Memphis, was returned to the U.S. for trial, a month after being arrested in England.  King was murdered in April.  The announcement of Ray's arrest came on the day of the New York funeral for Senator Robert Kennedy, who was shot while running for president.
 
Plenty of options for dinner and dancing in the La Crosse area on a weekend.  The P and J bar on Pearl Street had a piano bar four nights a week, and also advertised movies of Green Bay Packers games on Sunday afternoons and evenings.  Millie and Don offered the 'tastiest fish in town' Friday nights at the Party House, south of La Crosse on Highway 35.  On Rose Street, Glen's Bar and Pizza had a complete menu that included steaks, chops, spaghetti, and shrimp.  The Verse Bar occupies that building now, but it was Glen's in 1968, 49 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.
 

To-do list could balloon to over $75 million. 

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GOP in House and Assembly can't agree how to pay $1 billion shortfall in fixing roads.

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At least one person transported by ambulance

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Tuesday - July 18, 2017 8:42 am

The mayor vetoed a pool plan, 54 years ago

In July of 1963, Mayor Milo Knutson vetoed an addition for Logan Junior High School, which would have included an indoor-outdoor swimming pool.  It was the second such veto for the project in less than a year.  Knutson said the school should be in charge of academic purposes, and a swimming pool should be run by the recreation department.  The Tribune agreed, arguing that it is not the job of schools to provide a pool for students or the community.  Today, both Logan High School and Middle School have pools.
 
The U.S. was in the path of a total solar eclipse on July 20th...well, small parts of the U.S. anyway.  Only two states, Alaska and Maine, got to see the moon completely block the sun.  La Crosse got to see about 80 per cent of the eclipse.  The '63 eclipse was part of a cycle that repeats every 18 years, including the eclipse which will be seen over the Midwest this August.
 
And Janet Leigh could be seen in two different movies at local theaters that summer.  Leigh, who had just divorced Tony Curtis, acted in the political thriller 'The Manchurian Candidate,' and was singing and dancing in 'Bye Bye Birdie' with Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret.  Fifty-four years ago, 1963, yesterday in La Crosse. 
 

One on probation originally charged with attempted murder.

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Second suspect is serving prison time for pistol-whipping, taser attack

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At Riverfest is 2006, the Freight House was selling prime rib sandwiches.  Drugan's Castle Mound had hamburgers and 'chatwiches.'  Ciatti's offered chicken cappellini and a chicken Caesar wrap.  And Features sold a cajun chicken sandwich, and Mississippi mud pie.  Tom and Roz Hundt were Commodore and First Mate for the 2006 Riverfest.

Wisconsin re-elected Democratic Governor Jim Doyle to a second term in 2006.  In November, Doyle won most of the counties on the western side of the state, while Republican Mark Green dominated in eastern Wisconsin.  Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker briefly ran for governor that year, but dropped out months before the primary.

UW-La Crosse was taking it all off with a Summerstage production of the musical "The Full Monty," about unemployed steel workers putting on a strip show to raise money.  That was 11 years ago, 2006, yesterday in La Crosse.

City still waiting for $5 million from state, tied up in delayed budget.

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