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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In the summer of 2004, Gundersen Lutheran announced plans to build a renal dialysis center near its Onalaska clinic and the old Fauver Hill School.  The new building would allow up to 30 patients at a time to get kidney filtration, compared to the 18 patients who could use the existing Gundersen facility.

Plans for a new zoo in La Crosse were moving slowly.  A proposal to improve the Myrick Zoo was introduced to the city park board in 1999.  Five years later, the local Rotary Clubs were eager to jump-start the project, eventually called the Myrick Eco-Park, which had no animals on display.  Dean Dickinson with the Rotary told the park board that the seven local clubs were interested in raising up to $4 million for the zoo renovations.

At the movies, Bernie Mac starred in "Mr. 3000."  Bernie played a former baseball star with the Brewers, and some scenes were shot at Miller Park in Milwaukee.  The movie came out 13 years ago, 2004, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

 

County has yet to pinpoint exact cause.

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Wednesday - May 10, 2017 8:45 am

Radio stars in the spotlight, 52 years ago

In May of 1965, La Crosse radio station WKTY was featured in a newspaper ad.  Lee Broadcasting was celebrating 10 years of owning 580 AM, on the air 18 and 3/4 hours a day from the Hotel Stoddard.  The ad featured president and manager Herb Lee, vice-president Phil Dyer, and news director Milo Knutson, just ending a 10-year run in his other job as mayor of La Crosse. 

That May, La Crosse was recovering from the worst Mississippi River flood on record.  The Racquet newspaper at La Crosse State jokingly suggested names for books that could be written about the flood...such as "We Are Safe," apparently a bad forecast by the La Crosse County flood inspector, and "How Do You Dispose of 6,000 Sandbags?"

At the end of a semester, college men were in the mood to buy engagement rings for their girlfriends.  The Racquet ran ads for stores including Cremer's Jewelry, Buol Jewelry, and Crescent Jewelers.  Crescent is the only surviving store from that group which advertised 52 years ago, 1965, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

 

City paid $450,000 for parking gates around 3 years ago.

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Wednesday - May 10, 2017 2:43 am

La Crosse Center trying to do too much?

Consultant says building needs narrower focus.

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Witness said person in the water called for help, then disappeared

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Tuesday - May 9, 2017 8:45 am

Celebrating V-E Day, 72 years ago

 

 

 

 

The 8th of May in 1945 was declared V-E Day, marking the German surrender to the Allies in World War Two. It came five years and eight months after Adolf Hitler and the Nazis invaded Poland to start the war. Harry Truman marked his first birthday as President of the United States on the 8th, by announcing the Allied victory. Truman had been on the job less than a month after the death of President Franklin Roosevelt. On V-E Day, people were still wondering where Hitler was. Historians determined that Hitler killed himself a week before the Germans gave up. Meanwhile, the war in the Pacific was still going, and a Wisconsin newspaper headline said Japan was 'much annoyed' by the Nazi surrender.

 

 

 

Rationing of food, fuel, and other items would continue for a while. One newspaper ad promoted 'Tang.' Not the breakfast drink. That didn't come along until the late 50's. This 'Tang' was a canned meat produced by the Cudahy Packing Company, and was an imitation version of Spam.

 

 

 

Another ad in the papers asked 'Are You a Has-Been?' If you were weak and tired-out, with a lack of drive, you could buy 'Tromone,' containing vitamins, calcium, and phosphorus.

 

 

 

At the Oscars that spring, Bing Crosby won best actor for playing a priest in the Best Picture of the year, 'Going My Way.' Ingrid Bergman was best actress for 'Gaslight.' Crosby and Bergman would team up in a sequel to 'Going My Way' called 'The Bells of St. Mary's'...released in 1945, 72 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No drawings will be presented at any of four meetings.

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In 1994, La Crosse leaders were considering ordinances to keep young people from loitering in Riverside Park overnight.  The 'no cruising' rule under debate called for a fine, for anyone caught driving around the park three times in a night, between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.  Park director Bob Berg heard that families were afraid to go into the park, when the cruisers intimidated others, and blasted music from their cars.

Some extra money in '94 for La Crosse School Superintendent Dick Swantz, just two years after a school board recall and threats to have him fired.  Swantz received a $5000 raise in pay and benefits, to $120,000.  His actual salary was $87,000.

A big money card tournament brought 'Mr. Kotter' to the region.  Gabe Kaplan from the 70's sitcom 'Welcome Back, Kotter' was performing stand-up at the Treasure Island casino near Red Wing.  Kaplan also had become a champion poker player, but ironically, he was asked to host a Treasure Island blackjack tournament, 23 years ago, 1994, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

 

Walker firmly against raising state gas tax.

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