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Arrests during the fests used to be more frequent in the 1990’s

Brad Williams



In early 1992, District Attorney Scott Horne said several people arrested during the ’91 Oktoberfest had pled guilty, or they were convicted and sentenced.  Run-ins with city police were routine for a few years during Oktoberfest and the Coon Creek festival, until police began a practice of blocking off parts of 3rd Street to traffic on certain nights of Oktoberfest.  

School football season was over by January, but the sport was a hot topic for the Onalaska school board.  Members of the board discussed whether Onalaska would be better off playing in a conference with smaller schools like Holmen and Sparta, instead of schools the size of Central and Logan.  

The Super Bowl was played in the Minneapolis Metrodome in January of 1992, with the Redskins beating the Buffalo Bills.  The Packers had finished their season 4-and-12, and Coach Lindy Infante was gone.  During the off-season, Green Bay picked up a quarterback named Brett Favre, 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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