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Bob Dole was on a roll, 22 years ago

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Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, a former candidate for vice president, got plenty of support in 1996, as he campaigned for the Republican nomination against President Bill Clinton. Texas Senator Phil Gramm said he wanted Republicans to be united and “committed to beating Bill Clinton and changing America.” Dole got the GOP nomination, but Clinton got a second term.

La Crosse basketball fans were hearing rumors that a Chicago team might move to the Coulee Region. Not the Bulls, but the Chicago Rockers of the CBA. The Rockers only stayed in the Windy City for two seasons, and by the fall of ’96, they were in La Crosse, playing as the Bobcats.

At the end of November, the Packers had a 9-and-3 record under Coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Brett Favre. Green Bay finished the regular season with a 5-game winning streak, and went on to take its third Super Bowl title in January. The Pack was back in 1996…yesterday in La Crosse.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also 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. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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