In planning and managing the leap year party at the Opera House Monday evening, the ladies of Menomonie covered themselves all over with glory. No effort or expense was omitted.

— Dunn County News, Feb. 17, 1888

At this event there were 75 couples present and it was truly a magnificent night for the charming ladies and the gentlemen who were all on good behavior and willing to be waited upon. Several of the rich from the area were present, but as custom at such an elaborate ball their identities were often conspicuous under their attires. Delegations from Wilson, Cedar Falls and Rusk increased the importance of this occasion by their presence. The Opera House was furnished by excellent music from an Eau Claire orchestra with a tremendous amount of refreshments which made this party the best one of the season.

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

As of March 1, Dunn County will have a new fueling station of a very different kind. Instead of filling up with regular gasoline, specially adapted vehicles will now be able to use a cleaner alternative. U.S. Oil is installing a high volume compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at Cedar County Cooperative's Exit 45 location. Jim Flanagan of Xcel Energy explained that natural gas — the kind used to power furnaces, hot water heaters, stoves, and other appliances — can now be used in vehicles. And just like as in home use, the gas offered at CNG stations is odorized. Natural gas in vehicles offers a cleaner, more cost-effective alternative to petroleum, Flanagan said. An abundant domestic supply exists in North America, and a vast U.S. natural gas distribution system is already in place. Using natural gas eliminates dependency on foreign oil and provides reduced emissions, especially when compared to diesel vehicles.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1988

UW-Stout's acclaim for technological innovation may be the key to drawing tenants to a Technology Park proposed for the east side of Menomonie. The park would be located south of Myrtle Werth Medical Center of 375 acres of land owned by the UW-Stout Foundation. One year ago the Foundation's Technology Park Committee authorized a market feasibility study. Some 2400 companies in Wisconsin and Minnesota were surveyed for interest in a technology park. Of the 200 companies that responded, 58 showed mild interests, 16 were quite interested, and four were very interested.

Residents of Wheeler learned last Tuesday that sewer rates will not be lowered. Sewer rates were increased in July because the village's utility had accumulated a debt of $61,786. Since 1978 village residents had been paying $24 quarterly for sewer service. Under the payment plan suggested by the auditor, residents now pay $17 a quarter, plus $2 for every 1,000 gallons of water used.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1963

Dunn County supervisors approve the construction of 72-bed nursing home to be affiliated with Memorial Hospital. Deferred to the April board session are three other matters: construction of a city-county airport at an approximate cost of $96,000; sale of the present jail site; construction of a 74x80 foot addition to the county highway shop at an approximate cost of $40,000. Our Savior's Lutheran Church offered $5,000 for the two lots which accommodate the jail with the condition the county remove the present structure.

Because of a pedestrian crossing problem in the dormitory area on Broadway, Menomonie city council authorizes installation of blinker lights at First Avenue and Broadway and Crescent and Broadway.

James R. Anderson, agricultural teacher at Colfax High, hired as Dunn County farm management agent. He succeeds Garfield Stock, who was named Pepin County agricultural agent recently.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 1938

Thrills aplenty are in store for Glen Peterson and Dick Breitzman, youthful Menomonie inventors, who have completed construction of an iceboat, or Aero-Sled as they call it, that is capable of gliding over the ice at the rate of 90 miles an hour. But they have not gone that fast yet. Only 12 feet long, the Aero-Sled has four steel runners and everything is enclosed in a cab that carries two passengers. Power for the ship is supplied by a Model A Ford motor that makes the four and one-half foot propeller in the back whirl around, powering the ship. Steering of the ship is controlled with a steering wheel that controls the runners.

Percy Rasmussen announces the opening of the second season of his Red Cedar hatchery on Feb. 21, at Curran's Feed and Produce Store. Last year the hatchery did an increasing business and he looks forward to a lively season in 1938.

Feb. 18 and 21, 1913

Menomonie is going to have a hospital of its own. That positive statement will and should be received by the citizens of Menomonie with delight. The building has been purchased and arrangements will be made in a short time for opening the hospital, probably by May 1. Three local physicians, Drs. F. E. Butler, L. A. Dahl, and B. J. Stevens, this week purchased the Morgan home on Seventh Street between 14th and 15th avenues for $3,700 and it will be converted into a strictly modern hospital. The property contains two lots and the 10-room house, which is modern throughout with a hot water heating plant, etc., can very easily be converted into a small but modern and adequate hospital at a cost of from $1,200 to $1,500. It is the desire of the new owners of the building to have a public hospital in Menomonie, one in which the general public is interested, as is the case in most cities, and where every physician will feel free to take his patients requiring hospital attention.

Friday, Feb. 17, 1888

In planning and managing the leap year party at the Opera House Monday evening, the ladies of Menomonie covered themselves all over with glory. No effort or expense was omitted apparently on the part of the general management that would tend to the pleasure and comfort of the participants, while each individual lady was constantly alert in looking after the welfare of the opposite sex.

The News has made arrangements with W.E. Cowles, for a complete write-up of the business establishments in Menomonie, to be published in the columns of this paper. It will be a historical and industrial sketch of the city, and will occupy between three and four pages of our regular issue, besides which will be struck off an addition of five thousand copies. Business men will doubtless appreciate the benefit of this method of advertising and when Mr. Cowles calls, be ready to render such aid as lies in their power to make the scheme a success.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 1863

Items Concerning the Wisconsin Regiments: A private letter of business from Major Walthers, of the thirty-fifth Wis., dated Fort Halleck, Columbus, Ky., Feb. 5, states that they were stationed there for the present. The men are all in good spirits. Snow fell to the depth of six inches the previous evening, and the cold was severe. The fifth Wisconsin, now commanded by Col. Thomas S. Allen, numbers 500 effective men, as good as ever handled a musket. They have been recently organized to form part of a "light brigade" consisting of the Fifth Wisconsin, Fourth Vermont, Sixth Maine, Thirty-First New York, and one other regiment will be under command of Gen. Pratt. Cavalry and artillery will also be attached. "Moving in light marching order on short notice," writes a friend from the Fifth we hope to be able to rival "Stonewall Jackson's famous brigade of the same kind. We have the boys and officers to do it and more too."

Dustyn Dubuque, UW-Eau Claire Public History intern at DCHS, can be reached  at 715-232-8685, or

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