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Wednesday - March 14, 2018 8:42 am

Franklin and Roosevelt were on the school hit list, 36 years ago

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In early 1982, the La Crosse School District was considering more school closings because of declining enrollment.  Two elementary schools on the north side, Roosevelt and Franklin, were targeted for shutdown, and 14-hundred people responded by signing petitions to keep them open.  Each building was expected to have fewer than 200 students the following fall.  School board members did not respond to comments about the proposed closings, saying they wanted to keep their minds open...which led to accusations that the decision was already final.  The two schools actually stayed open well into the 21st century, until they were replaced recently by La Crosse's new Northside School.
The Equal Rights Amendment for women was still being debated around the U.S., as a passage deadline of June 30th approached.  The amendment was still three states short of becoming part of the Constitution.  Meanwhile, a state ERA for Wisconsin passed in the Senate in Madison by a vote of 28 to 4.  Among the opponents was Republican Senator Walter Chilsen, who argued that an equal rights amendment might open the door for more abortions in Wisconsin.
And evangelist Billy Graham filled a three thousand seat hall in Blackpool, England, preparing for a series of crusades in Britain...36 years ago, 1982, yesterday in La Crosse.

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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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