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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Saturday - January 20, 2018 11:59 am

Trempealeau County chase leads to big drug bust

Nearly 300 pounds of marijuana nabbed in drug case


Saturday - January 20, 2018 11:37 am

La Crosse County GOP hears from candidates at caucus

Candidates for House, U.S. Senate, State Supreme Court attend caucus


Friday - January 19, 2018 12:25 pm

Altra Federal helping fund Trane Park playground

Credit union donation to buy "music features" for park


In 1960, the La Crosse building inspector and the health officer said many houses didn't have indoor toilets or running water, and were using wells and septic tanks.  Most of the houses in that condition were in rural areas, and had just been annexed to the city.

Gas station operator Don Medinger was the La Crosse chairman for the Congressional campaign of Democrat Norman Clapp.  The 3rd District race was for an open seat, with Clapp facing former Republican Gov. Vernon Thomson.  Don Medinger had a long career on both the La Crosse city council and county board, and his son John has reached even higher offices, serving in the Assembly and as a two-term mayor of La Crosse.

One big new building opening in downtown La Crosse in 1960 was the headquarters for First Federal.  It later became Associated Bank, and is now the La Crosse County administrative center.  The new bank cost $600,000, and had a pneumatic tube system for the tellers, a dumbwaiter for moving supplies, and a "kiddie lift" to raise young customers to window level.  High-tech banking 58 years ago, 1960, yesterday in La Crosse.


Bartsh and Potts both avoid trials for deaths caused in the last 4 years


The city of La Crosse has had plenty of cold weather this winter.  The weather service says the two weeks right after Christmas marked the coldest two-week period in town since 1996...and that winter was pretty chilly.  The mercury stayed below zero from January 29th through February 4th, straight days.  And the worst of it came at the end of the streak.  On Groundhog Day, February 2nd, the low in La Crosse was -34 degrees...followed by -36 on the 3rd, and -31 on the 4th.

La Crosse and Onalaska were still fighting over dueling annexations in early 1996.  Judge Michael Rosborough ruled that Onalaska's "Pralle" annexation of land near Valley View Mall was valid, while La Crosse's "Schroeder" annexation of the same property was invalid.  The two cities had been fighting in court for six years, but they settled the dispute later in '96.  The land eventually became the site of a Gundersen Clinic and the Stoney Creek Inn. 

La Crosse was going through a second straight winter without a CBA basketball team.  The Catbirds had been moved to Pittsburgh in 1994, but by the following fall, the Bobcats would move into the La Crosse Center.  That was 22 years ago, 1996, yesterday in La Crosse.


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