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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Council has shrunk from 17 to 13 members.


Child has skull fracture, other injuries.


Tuesday - April 18, 2017 12:34 pm

To the "Worm Mobile!"

Electric car donated to La Crosse composting program


Tuesday - April 18, 2017 8:44 am

A radio man becomes the mayor, 62 years ago

In April of 1955, WKTY Radio news anchor Milo Knutson was sworn in as mayor of La Crosse.  In his inaugural address, Knutson said the foremost matter before him was reorganizing city government.  Knutson had won twice as many votes as incumbent mayor Henry Ahrens, who was unseated after six years.  On election night, Knutson was on the air, broadcasting the vote totals from the city clerk's office.  He presided over a 21-member city council, and served as mayor for the next 10 years.
Boyer's Furniture on Main Street advertised Bigelow Carpets, which were the 'dream carpet' of Mr. and Mrs. Desi Arnaz...the stars of 'I Love Lucy.'  Mrs. Arnaz was better known as Lucille Ball.
A newspaper ad for Community Camera and TV, across the street from Boyer's, featured a cartoon with four kids asking their dad if he had bought a new television set yet.  On Tuesday nights in 1955, La Crosse's only TV station, WKBT, featured the popular game shows 'Break the Bank' and 'Truth or Consequences,' along with the weekly inspirational program 'Life Is Worth Living,' hosted by New York Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.  Sixty-two years ago, 1955, yesterday in La Crosse. 

Monday - April 17, 2017 8:26 am

Dueling demonstrations downtown, 41 years ago

One Saturday in February of 1976, two groups picketed quietly on 4th Street, near the La Crosse Post Office.  The group standing directly outside the Post Office wanted to preserve the decades-old building.  Across the street was a second group, including union workers, who were ready to build a new post office on the block, after which the old one would be torn down.  The new post office would open the following year. 
After experimenting with early starts to Daylight Saving Time the previous two years, the U.S. went back to the usual date for turning clocks ahead...the last Sunday of April.  There was still talk in Washington of adding a month or two to Daylight Savings, but those attempts failed.  The dates for Daylight Saving would not change again until 1987, when the starting date was moved up to the first Sunday in April.
A new local theater group was being launched in La Crosse.  Auditions were announced for a Party House production of the musical "The Apple Tree."  It would be the first show for the Cabaret Dinner Theater, directed by Tim McNamara.  The group would put on dinner theater shows for almost three years, eventually moving from the Party House off Highway 35 to downtown, at the Hotel Stoddard.  Dinner and a show, 41 years ago, 1976...Yesterday in La Crosse.


Flags are at half-staff around Wisconsin for Tomah trooper


Sunday - April 16, 2017 8:35 pm

LSE Airport tries to attract new airlines

City aviation board reviews new incentive plan this week








On this date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot while attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington...less than a week after the end of the Civil War. Secretary of State William Seward was stabbed and wounded as part of the conspiracy, along with others in his home. The Wisconsin State Journal in Madison wrongly reported on the 15th that both Lincoln and Seward had died, saying 'Both are gone.' Seward lived for another seven years, and is remembered today for arranging the purchase of Alaska.




William Tenney of Viola, Wisconsin was among the witnesses to Lincoln's murder. Tenney was 7 years old, and claimed he saw the president slump in his seat, followed by John Wilkes Booth leaping from the presidential box to the stage. As an old man, Tenney recalled that people in Viola had not heard about the shooting until his family returned from Washington.




The last surviving witness to the assassination, Samuel Seymour, was 5 on the night of the shooting. Shortly before he died in 1956, Seymour told his story on TV, on the game show 'I've Got a Secret,' saying he was 'scared to death' when Booth fell to the stage, not realizing Lincoln had been shot.








La Crosse's current Lincoln Middle School was built in 1923...nearly 60 years after the Lincoln assassination.










Friday - April 14, 2017 8:17 am

Armed fugitive arrested in Richland County

Jakubowski caught just after 6 a.m.


Thursday - April 13, 2017 8:45 am

"Hey, we've got a problem here"...47 years ago



On this day in 1970, the Apollo 13 spacecraft was halfway to the moon when a fuel tank exploded, causing the three astronauts on board to abort their planned lunar landing and find a way back to Earth. NASA and the crew figured out a way to have the spacecraft loop around the moon and return to the earth a few days later. Sparta native Deke Slayton was the director of flight crew operations for NASA during the Apollo 13 mission. The story was told in a 1995 movie starring Tom Hanks as flight commander Jim Lovell.




Minnesota Judge Harry Blackmun was being considered for a vacancy on the U-S Supreme Court. The Democratic Senate had just rejected President Nixon's second nominee for the seat formerly held by Abe Fortas. Blackmun was approved by the Senate, and went on to write the court's opinion in the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973.




Wisconsin had a major league baseball team again that April, when the Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee to become the Brewers, only a week before the start of the season. The Brewers lost their first three games before picking up their first victory, over the White 1970, 47 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.