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No more football for Ron Kind, 36 years ago

Brad Williams

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In 1984, Logan High School graduate Ron Kind announced he would not play football during his senior year at Harvard.  Quarterback Kind said work and school responsibilities would get in the way of football.  The Harvard coaches wanted future Congressman Kind to stick it out for another year, despite some injuries.  

Roger LeGrand was La Crosse’s district attorney in ’84, and he wanted to be more accessible to the public.  LeGrand would have open office hours at the courthouse each Monday from 3 to 6 p.m., but he could not give free legal advice.   

Doerflinger’s department store in downtown La Crosse was going out of business, after a century.  The store previously had branch stores at Valley View Mall, the Village, and near UW-L.  The shutdown also meant the end of the Halfway Tea Room, between the 1st and 2nd floors of Doerflinger’s in 1984.  

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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