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Brownsville man gets prison for possessing explosives

Brad Williams

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A magazine article about an area man who made explosives at his home has led to a federal prison term for that man. 

Fifty-eight-year-old Kenneth Miller of Brownsville has been sentenced to 22 months behind bars for possessing illegal materials. 

Miller pled guilty last fall, following a 2020 raid at his home by federal agents. 

They investigated after Popular Science magazine wrote about Miller making pyrotechnics for Hollywood movies and NFL games. 

Miller had previous felony convictions that were supposed to stop him from using combustible materials.

He was first convicted of a felony for conspiracy to make illegal explosives in the 1980’s.  

The magazine article showed photographs of Miller shooting red flares off the hood of his pickup truck and packing powdered chemicals in a nearby shack he used as a makeshift laboratory.

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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