In March of 1987, Madison’s Freedom from Religion Foundation took the city of La Crosse to federal court, to have a 10 Commandments marker removed from Cameron Park. The foundation had complained in 1985 about the religious symbol being displayed in a public park, and the city council voted to leave the marker where it was. The stone had been donated to the city by the Eagles Club in 1965. The 1980’s challenge did not succeed. The marker is still at Cameron, but is now surrounded by fencing because the fenced-in land is private property owned by the Eagles.
A late-winter heat wave in La Crosse led to a very early opening for the Hillview golf course…and to skiers wearing shorts at Mt. La Crosse. The mercury hit a record 73 degrees on the 7th of March.
Chi-Chi’s Mexican restaurant near Valley View Mall was promoting a baked cod dinner for $4.50 two nights a week during Lent.
Hit TV shows early in ’87 included a variety of courtroom series…’L.A. Law,’ Andy Griffith as ‘Matlock,’ and the comedy ‘Night Court’ with Harry Anderson. Order in the court 32 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.