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Sunday, March 10, 2013: Two people died when a semi-truck westbound on Interstate 94 near Menomonie crossed the median and plunged cab-first into the red Cedar River at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday.

135 Years

Saturday, March 10, 1883

The Post Office Department has arranged for mail service on the St. Paul road from Menomonie to Red Cedar Junction to take effect April 15. Thereafter Eau Galle and Weston offices will probably be supplied from Downsville and the Louisville office from Dunnville, the present stage route from Durand to Menomonie being discontinued. The old-time stage has to “go” when the iron horse comes into competition with it.

125 Years

Friday, March 10, 1893

C. A. Clark has contracted with Pease & Son for the remodeling of the old Ursinus block on Main street, now owned by him, and the building of an addition 42x80 feet on the east side. The new portion will be devoted to groceries and the old to dry goods, the two being connected by an archway. A plate glass front, a corner entrance on Tenth and Main, and other desirable acquisitions, will make this business place one of the handsomest and most attractive in town.

100 Years

Thursday, March 7, 1918

“Make Menomonie Dry” was the keynote of a rousing meeting held Sunday, afternoon at the Commercial club rooms, and attended by nearly sixty citizens, interested in the success of the dry movement.The sentiment unanimously expressed at the gathering favored an active campaign for no-license and energetic exposition of the reasons why Menomonie should be returned to the dry column and kept there.

That the movement had the unquestioned and enthusiastic support of those present was decidedly apparent from the stirring expressions that were indulged in by many when called upon to give their views. B.H. Waterman, chairman of the organization committee, presided at the meeting. Those present were there in response to an urgent appeal made through a letter sent out by the organizing committee to The Menomonie Progressive League.

75 Years

Wednesday, March 10, 1943

Downing Has Nine Men In Marines, Including 52-Year-Old Father: Downing, the home of 308 people, has set up some sort of a war record which challenges any other village of about the same size and population.

The village has nine men it the Marine Corps, including among them the 52-year-old father of two marines, one of whom was killed in action and the other now listed as missing. Enlisting despite his age to avenge his sons, was Frank Winterling, Sr., whose son, Frank, was killed last October in the Solomons. Joseph Winterling, the other son, is missing in the Philippines.

Another of Downing’s war sons is John Wanner who was killed last August in the Solomons. The other five are Allan Daggett, Leo Langseth, Irvin Blanchard, Harold Goetkin and Bud Larson.

50 Years

Wednesday, March 6, 1968

Sherburne Prairie Proud Sue a registered Guernsey cow owned by Mr. and Mrs. Neil R. Govin, Menomonie, proprietors of Sherburne Prairie Farm, has been named the winner of three state awards. The awards are dam of production, dam of type and meritorious brood cow.

Requirements for the dam of production award are three or more daughters who are producing in excess of 11,780 pounds of milk and 570 pounds of butterfat. A daughter of Proud Sue , Sherburne Prairie ‘Lil Susie, received the two tons or more of fat award, Susie produced 4,055 pounds of fat in seven lactations. The daughters of Proud Sue, said Govin, are still in the herd.

25 Years

Sunday, March 3, 1993

The deadline for inquiries on moving the rectory belonging to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has passed, but as of Tuesday several people still had not made a decision about taking the building off the parish’s hands.

Ed Hartung, who oversees the parish committee is trying to find someone to take the building, said he had 12-15 inquiries about the rectory, but not too many were promising.

The parish is hoping that someone will want to move the 3,000-square-foot rectory, located at 910 Wilson Ave, or else the building will have to be demolished.

The rectory must be moved so a $1.8 million parish center project can begin. The new two-story center will house students in grades 1-6, along with catechism instruction for grades K- 12 and administrative services.

15 Years

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Elk Mound nearly gave No.1-seeded Glenwood City a loss in 55-54 Hilltoppers win in January. But this time the Glenwood City boys took control in the fourth quarter to eliminate any comeback attempt, 63-51.

The loss dropped the Mounders to 10-10 overall and 9-8 in the conference in their last season game Friday. Elk Mound coach Kevin Gamett said “(It) kind of feels Uke the same old story. We played pretty wll against a very good team.He said his team started slow but recovered. “Josh Fizel really had a huge game,” Garnett said. Fizel was the only Mounder to score in double digits, going 5 for-5 from inside the arc and 4-for-6 from behind it, along with 2-for-2 from the line, totaling 24 points.

10 Years

Sunday, March 8, 2008

Late last week, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department received many reports of mailboxes being vandalized. On Thursday, the department investigated more than 75 mailboxes that were damaged throughout southern Dunn County. The mailboxes were smashed late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

“On Friday morning, we received approximately another 75 more calls on mailboxes and a motor vehicle being damaged during the night,” said Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith. “We also learned that the Menomonie Police Department has received a number of calls reporting criminal damage to property in the city of Menomonie. While mailbox owners were reporting their property being damaged, several reported hearing or seeing a vehicle at the end of or near their driveway. Since they did not realize what was taking place, they did not call our office until the following morning.”

5 Years

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Dunn County Snow Park hosted the annual rail jam and big air contest Feb. 16 at the Dunn County Recreation Park. A total of 25 skiers and snowboarders competed for the podium spots, with many prizes donated by local and out-of-town stores and companies. The most popular division was the snowboarder age 15 and older division, but there were women and little groms showing off their rail and jump skills as well.

The crowd got involved with snowboard trivia questions for prizes. Mayo Clinic Health System was there promoting its Wellness ROCKS program with a sledding race, plus handing out fruit, hot chocolate and water.

Conditions were perfect with the sun shining, nice cool temps and fresh snowfall. The Dunn County Snow Park is brought to you by Snowboarders and Skiers for Christ volunteers.

Sofi Doane is the Collections Manager for the Dunn County Historical Society. She can be reached at 715-232-8685 or


Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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