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Were cops going overboard? We heard complaints 44 years ago

Brad Williams



In 1975, complaints about police were coming from Onalaska residents, claiming harassment, and over-zealous enforcement.  Tavernkeeper Wallace Strittmater said a teenage girl at his business received a concussion while police were arresting her.  More than 300 people signed petitions to fire a particular cop, or make other changes.  One speaker at a public meeting proclaimed, ‘We’ve lost our democracy in Onalaska.’  

Wisconsin forced trains to cut their speed on about half the tracks around the state, because the rails needed repair.  The trains were supposed to run at about 50 miles an hour, but in some spots, they had to slow down to 10 or 15 miles per hour.  

An interesting mix of old and new shows on TV in 1975.  ‘Ironside’ and ‘Marcus Welby’ had been on since the late 60’s.  ‘Hawaii Five-O’ had another five years to go, while ‘M*A*S*H’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ would last well into the 80’s.  New shows that fall included ‘One Day at a Time’ and ‘Welcome Back, Kotter,’ 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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