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Yesterday in La Crosse

Two high schools with swimming pools? It was suggested, 33 years ago



In early 1986, the La Crosse School Board was deadlocked on the idea of building a swimming pool and a new gymnasium for Central High School. The school on Losey was 20 years old, compared to the new Logan which opened in 1979 with an indoor pool. The board did agree to add more classrooms to Central, but not a pool.

Assemblyman John Medinger had to miss his first vote in almost 10 years as a lawmaker, because of an accident. Medinger fell in Madison that winter, breaking an ankle and a bone in his leg, and needing to wear a cast.

At the movies, Nick Nolte was “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” Whoopi Goldberg was starring in “The Color Purple,” and the comedy “Wildcats” featured Goldie Hawn as a high school football coach, with Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson among the team players in 1986, 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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