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Viterbo was about to take on a nursing program, 50 years ago

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In the spring of 1969, Viterbo College received a federal grant of $600,000 to buy St. Wenceslaus School and convert it into a training facility for student nurses.  The school had only started its nursing program two years earlier, and Viterbo was gradually taking over the St. Francis School of Nursing.   

The La Crosse County jail got high grades from a state inspector in ’69.  The inspector said it was a pleasure to visit the local jail because it was always in ‘excellent condition.’  The jail was inside the new courthouse which had only been open for four years.   

A newspaper headline announced “Girls sob as last bachelor Beatle marries”…meaning Paul McCartney, who had just wed Linda Eastman.  

A La Crosse rock and roll band was getting national exposure.  The Unchained Mynds…Randy Purdy, Wayne Bentzen, Clare Troyanek, and Dan Hanson…had a song on the charts with “We Can’t Go On This Way,” issued on Buddah Records, in 1969, 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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