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Last night at the Maid-Rite, 3 years ago

Brad Williams



In 2016, a north La Crosse restaurant suddenly announced it was closing its doors for good.  On November 15th, the owners of the Maid-Rite on Caledonia Street said the diner would close at the end of the day’s business, which brought out many loyal customers who lined up outside the store for one last order of loose-meat sandwiches and waffle fries.  Maid-Rite workers had to run out to the supermarket for more ground beef and buns to make sure that all the customers in line would be served.  The Maid-Rite near Copeland Park had been open for nearly 70 years, and aside from the food, the cafe was known for its collection of railroad memorabilia.   

In the 2016 election campaign, the final Marquette University poll before Election Day showed Hillary Clinton with a six-point lead over Donald Trump in the Badger State.  Trump went on to become the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984.  Green Party candidate Jill Stein asked for a recount of the Wisconsin voting, arguing that there had been computer tampering.  Trump responded by saying “the people have spoken and the election is over.”   

New TV series that fall included “This Is Us,” the time-travel adventure “Timeless,” “Designated Survivor,” where Kiefer Sutherland becomes president as the result of a terrorist attack, and the comedy “The Good Place.”  Three years ago, 2016, 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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