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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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In early 1953, the La Crosse Common Council appealed to Wisconsin's two Senators...Alexander Wiley and Joe McCarthy...to vote against a nearly three million dollar cut in the Weather Bureau budget, which could lead to the closing of 150 weather stations around the country.  An 800-thousand dollar spending cut was about to take effect at the La Crosse office.  The city's first government weather station opened in 1873.  
 
A La Crosse bank teller was caught embezzling, but he received probation.  The 24-year-old teller pled guilty to taking more than $1700 while he was working at the State Bank.  He reportedly used the money to pay daily living expenses.  
 
Meanwhile, an American couple went to the electric chair that June for a much more serious crime.  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for giving secrets, including atom bomb technology, to the Soviet Union.  Julius Rosenberg said he was framed, and the couple's sons have argued that their mother should not have been convicted of spying.
 
And Prairie du Chien put on a celebration in the spring for the grand opening of the Villa Louis mansion as a Wisconsin historic site.  The house had just been acquired by the State Historical Society from the family of fur trading millionaire Hercules Dousman.  The Villa welcomed visitors 65 years ago, 1953...yesterday in La Crosse.
 

 

 
In early 1966, John Howard Griffin spoke in La Crosse about his experiences posing as a black man in the South, as described in his book "Black Like Me."  While in the city, Griffin was served with a subpoena by the La Crosse Sheriff's Department, ordering him to appear locally in court as part of a lawsuit.  A La Crescent family claimed that their 13-year-old boy was emotionally damaged by reading "Black Like Me," which some people considered obscene.  Legal wrangling went on for weeks over whether Griffin would have to return to La Crosse to testify at a trial.
 
Afternoon TV in June of '66, on La Crosse's Channel 8, included soap operas such as "The Edge of Night" and "General Hospital."  There were reruns of "The Mickey Mouse Club" from the 50's and "Dobie Gillis" from the early 60's.  For game shows, you had "To Tell the Truth," "Password," and La Crosse's version of "TV Bingo," where viewers played on free cards distributed by IGA stores and Mobil gas stations.  "TV Bingo" ended a five-month run on July 1st, when the state banned games of chance on local television, arguing that they gave the businesses handing out the cards an unfair competitive advantage.  It was time for Bingo to go in 1966, 52 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.  
 

 

The UW-La Crosse campus was under pressure to limit enrollment in the 1980's.  Early in 1987, Chancellor Noel Richards said the projected enrollment for fall would be 97-hundred students, but he warned that the university would have to reduce that number down farther, to 92-hundred.  Richards said the state was aining for even lower 88-hundred.  He believed that the university had reached the point where there were too many students for the budget.  UWL now has an enrollment around 10-thousand.

The White House was accused of lying, and deceiving the public, about the role of U.S. troops in Central America.  Members of a La Crosse "Peace and Jobs Coalition" were protesting Reagan administration decisions to send Wisconsin Army Reserve soldiers to Honduras...which they believed might be part of a plan to overthrow the Sandinista government of Nicaragua.

"Beverly Hills Cop 2" was a big hit in theaters during the early summer of 1987.  "Robocop" and the comedy version of "Dragnet," with Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks, also made money that summer.  Even the Dustin Hoffman-Warren Beatty bomb "Ishtar" still ranked #1 at the box office the week it opened, in 1987, yesterday in La Crosse.

Person reported missing Saturday, body found Sunday

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Fisherman finds woman's body 2 weeks after she disappeared

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An Arizona man who was briefly convicted of killing his young son more than a decade ago is jailed in La Crosse County. 

Jeffrey Martinson is being held on $1 million cash bond, and the state of Arizona wants the 51-year-old returned for a new trial. Martinson was tried several years ago for the 2004 drug overdose death of his 5-year-old son.

Although a jury found Martinson guilty of first-degree murder, charges of misconduct on the part of a juror and a prosecutor led to the dismissal of the murder charge. 

The case has been in and out of court over the years, and this week, the Arizona Supreme Court turned down a claim by Martinson's attorneys that he can't be tried a second time for the boy's death. 

Martinson was found to be doing construction work in the La Crosse area. He was arrested Thursday.

His next appearance before a La Crosse judge is scheduled for June 22.

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Thursday - June 14, 2018 9:42 pm

4-star rating for Tomah VA nursing home

4 out of 5 rating shows no change from last year

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