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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On this day in 1917, Congress voted to declare war on Germany, allowing American troops to enter a European war which had started three years earlier. The conflict would become known as the World War...and eventually, the First World War. The vote came four days after President Woodrow Wilson asked for the declaration. Only six Senators voted against going to war, and one of them was Wisconsin's Fighting Bob La Follette.




Colleges decided to suspend sports events 'for the time being' when war was declared. The Rose Bowl football game was still played for the next two years, but only military teams competed, rather than regular college teams.




In Wisconsin, button companies had plans to cut pearl buttons out of clam shells in the Wolf and Fox Rivers. The shells would be sent from the eastern side of the state to factories in La Crosse.  Pearly shells 100 years ago, 1917, Yesterday in La Crosse.











In 1977, the Catholic Church did not have a pope named John Paul yet, but La Crosse had a priest named John Joseph Paul.  Monsignor Paul was promoted to auxiliary bishop in '77.  He was an Aquinas graduate who had been rector at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral.  In a few years, Paul would become a full bishop for the La Crosse Diocese, succeeding Frederick Freking.

President Jimmy Carter had been on the job only about 100 days, but his personal popularity was "extraordinarily high," according to columnist Joseph Kraft.  Carter was said to be liked by members of both parties, and Kraft said the Georgia Democrat had "exploited public suspicions of Washington" to defeat President Gerald Ford.

Woody Allen's new comedy "Annie Hall" could be seen at the Rivoli in La Crosse.  Allen's ground-breaking movie won Best Picture at the Oscars the next year.  Opening just before Memorial Day...the first "Star Wars" movie.  The Force was with us, 40 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.


Tuesday - April 4, 2017 8:42 am

Healing the "ductus arteriosus"...12 years ago

In 2005, heart specialists at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse announced a new procedure to close the ductus arteriosus.  That's connecting heart tissue which is supposed to close shortly after birth, but the tissue does not close in one out of every 2000 babies.  People with that problem might need a heart transplant later in life.  Gundersen doctors found a way to plug up the duct with a metallic cork-like occluder to block the opening.  The first patient to get the treatment was a young mother of four from Monroe County.

The La Crosse Park Department was getting ready for Riverfest.  The park board learned that a lumberjack show would be back at the 4th of July.  Some of the bands performing at Riverfest would include Trouble Shooter, Jackal, and the Top 40 band Sister Hazel. 

North Carolina won its 4th NCAA men's basketball title that April, with Coach Roy Williams getting his first national title with the Tar Heels.  Illinois was runner-up.  North Carolina advanced to the Final Four with a regional final win over Wisconsin...12 years ago, 2005, Yesterday in La Crosse.



Woman says she was assaulted
Saturday morning while out walking


Monday - April 3, 2017 8:42 am

Lang Drive was a problem 58 years ago

In 1959, La Crosse State Senator Ray Bice introduced a bill in Madison to seek state aid for an extension of Lang Drive and George Street.  The streets were not connected at that time, but were separated by north-side railroad tracks.  The Wisconsin Highway Commission said the road project was not eligible for state funding, because it was not on a federal or state highway.  It's now part of U.S. Highway 53.  The city was lobbying for the bridge over the tracks, now known as the George Street overhead.

The Milner Hotel on Pearl Street was about to come down.  It had stood for about 60 years, and was originally called the Jefferson Hotel.  The old building would make way for a gas station.  It's now the site of a Subway restaurant and a parking lot.

On a typical Monday night in early '59, you could turn on the TV and watch "Name That Tune," "The Danny Thomas Show," "Father Knows Best," the detective show "Peter Gunn," and the "Arthur Murray Dance Party."  Fifty-eight years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.



La Crosse Democrat has co-authored farm bill with Intelligence Committee chair


Friday - March 31, 2017 4:46 pm

Joyner can apply for release in 2056

La Crosse man apologizes for killing his wife in front of couple's children


Friday - March 31, 2017 12:33 pm

Kind finds over $100K in office savings

Nearly $2 million given back in two decades


Friday - March 31, 2017 9:56 am

Westby High principal back at work

Karl Stoker was off the job for 2 weeks, for undisclosed reasons


Minnesota man blamed jury bias for his conviction in May's Photo murders