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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Despite four new hotels downtown, airshow couldn't secure enough rooms


Any vet is eligible to go, as long as you're 
from certain counties. Check list in story.









Fifty-four years ago, La Crosse had a primary for the April city elections on the first week of March. Six candidates were challenging incumbent Mayor Milo Knutson, and several council races had primaries, too. Among the names on the March ballot who would become familiar faces in city government in later years were Allis-Chalmers worker Don Medinger, insurance agent L. Peter Groves, Mobil Oil employee Bob Johnson, and Bernie Maney, who worked at Ross Furniture as a salesman and color coordinator. David Hogue, the assistant dean of men at La Crosse State, also ran for council. The newspaper mistakenly identified Hogue as 88 years old.



The next presidential election was still 20 months away, but Republicans were eager to find a candidate to challenge President John Kennedy. They talked about drafting both Michigan Governor George Romney and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, but both tried to discourage drafts. RNC Chairman William Miller predicted that his party would win the White House. Eventually, Goldwater did get the nomination, and had William Miller as his running mate, and they lost.




Ray Hutson Chevrolet was celebrating 10 years in business. You could buy a 1941 Dodge Truck from Ray Hutson for $125, and a 1955 Mercury convertible for almost $300. Hutson was located near the bridge, at 4th and the location of Pischke Motors. But it was a Chevy dealer in 1963, 54 years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.




Tuesday - March 7, 2017 8:49 am

'Never on Sunday,' 30 years ago

In 1987, the La Crosse School Board debated whether to ban Sunday sports practices and school activities.  Board members also had concerns about Wednesdays, because of church services during Lent.  Some activity directors argued that some teams practice on New Year's Day, and a show choir rehearsed on a Sunday because that's when a choreographer was available. 

Lutheran Hospital was making additions in 1987.  More room was being made for the Wisconsin Heart Institute and obstetrics.  Lutheran vice-president Don Smith said the hospital was continuing a trend of taking on a major building project every seven to eight years.

U-W-L was performing "Romeo and Juliet" in March of '87, followed in the spring by the Sam Shepard play "Buried Child."  The La Crosse Community Theatre started the new year with the Larry Shue comedy "The Foreigner," and later put on Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs."  Thirty years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.



Originally, he took the post for a six-month term.


Original Center design does not utilize riverfront views.


Thursday - March 2, 2017 10:44 am

Skogens to build park, restaurant in Onalaska

Major investment for Onalaska by noted philanthropists


Wednesday - March 1, 2017 11:36 am

Accused bank robber gets one year of probation

One year for child neglect while robbery charge is dismissed.


Old downtown meters aren't easy to sell.


Tuesday - February 28, 2017 5:41 pm

Former Mayor Milo has a heart attack, in 1967

In April of 1967, Milo Knutson woke up on a Sunday morning with chest pains and checked into St. Francis Hospital.  Knutson was only 49, and had left the mayor's office two years earlier.  He would recover, and go on to become La Crosse's state Senator in the 1968 election.

Ronald Reagan had just marked 100 days as the new governor of California, and the former movie star claimed he hadn't gotten a honeymoon from the media.  Reagan's future style of presidential decision-making was already evident as governor.  A newspaper story said Reagan asked his staff to give him one-page briefings on important bills, explaining the issues and offering options...a practice that continued when he went to the White House.

A two-week strike by TV performers almost kept the Oscars off ABC in '67.  The AFTRA strike was settled less than two hours before the awards show went on the air.  In La Crosse, WKBT announced that if the Oscars weren't broadcast as planned, Channel 8 would show "The Big Valley" instead, along with its 10 p.m. "service bloc"...meaning the news, weather, and sports.