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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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A few dozen students leave class for program at La Crescent

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In 1995, the first building used as a city hall in La Crosse was demolished in the 400 block of Main Street.  In the 1930's and 40's, the building was used as a radio studio by WKBH.  It was housing Bob's Moen Photo in '95, but it was crowded up against the State Bank building, and it was torn down for parking.

Congressman Steve Gunderson of Osseo was promoting an overhaul of the federal milk policy.  A key point of Gunderson's plan was to end the practice of pricing milk based on how far away from Eau Claire that the milk was produced.  Instead, the price would depend on whether the milk would be used for drinking, or dairy products.

Before television had "Desperate Housewives" and "Real Housewives," La Crosse had "Angry Housewives."  That was the name of a musical performed in 1995 by the Pegasus Players, above the Brew-Note coffee shop on Jay Street.  In the show, "Angry Housewives" was the name of a punk-rock band started by a group of married women, played by Crystal Hoeth, Melinda Hadley-Bartlett, Vicki Elwood, and Sue Ramsett...23 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.

 

Thursday - April 19, 2018 8:44 am

Earth Day didn't always have that name

Walter Cronkite called April 22nd of 1970 "a unique day in American history"...the first Earth Day, to raise awareness of environmental problems.  But not everybody called the observance "Earth Day."  La Crosse Mayor Warren Loveland issued an "Environmental Day" proclamation, in which he said the nation must find "adequate and feasible solutions" to overpopulation and air and water population.  La Crosse County's population was 80,000 in 1970.  It's now close to 120,000. 

Less than a year after Woodstock, Wisconsin had its own Rock Fest, outside of Poynette.  Five thousand tickets had been sold for the three-day outdoor concert.  The most famous band booked was the Grateful Dead, but a La Crosse band called Hope, formerly the Jesters 3, also was on the bill.  Another band at Rock Fest, from Rockford, Illinois, was called Fuse, featuring Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson...who later became famous as part of Cheap Trick.

On the radio in April of 1970..."ABC" by the Jackson 5, "Let It Be," by the recently disbanded Beatles, and the Ides of March with "Vehicle."  Forty-eight years ago, Yesterday in La Crosse.

Two shooters exchanged gunfire last April, with another man being shot in leg

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