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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1992: The new overpass has prompted two warnings from authorities in the last month: Don’t throw snowballs off the top, and don’t speed underneath.

135 Years

Saturday, Nov. 18, 1882

The brick yards have shut down for the season. Jesse Hughes reports the manufacture of 600,000 bricks, an excess of 100,000 over last year’s product. The Pressed Brick Company closed its works last Tuesday, having put upon the market 2,000,000 bricks since sometime in June, we believe. In view of the fact that it was late in the season before the company got its machinery in working order, this is a remarkably good showing, and is an earnest of future possibilities.

Secretary Anderson informs us that the last bricks made were far superior to those first turned out and that those re-pressed are selling readily at $30 per 1,000. Among the improvements decided upon for next season is the building of a railroad from the yard down Gilbert creek connecting with the lines in this city.

125 Years

Friday, Nov. 18, 1892

Messrs. Simon Peterson, of Caryville, and E. L. Haugen, of Rock Falls have been in town a portion of the week, for the purpose of securing favorable action by the county board in behalf of a free ferry across the Chippewa at Meridean. They present a petition signed by 141 voters and there would seem to be no valid reason why it should not be granted.

There is no crossing on the Chippewa for teams between Eau Claire and Durand and the inhabitants on the east side of the stream are thus deprived of the privilege of convenient access to the county seat whether it. be on public business or in relation to their own affairs. The expense of putting in a ferry is estimated at $500, and its maintenance per annum $250. The county board owes it to the inhabitants of Rock Creek and Peru to grant their prayer.

The clock for the stout Manual training School was ordered Wednesday. The gong will weigh 2500 pounds.

100 Years

Thursday, Nov. 15, 1917

Two Cars Collide: An auto driven by C. 0. Govin was struck in front of the post office about 2 p. m. Saturday by a car driven, by George Johnson of St. Paul. Mr. Govin was just pulling into the street, headed westward, after having parked his car at the curb, when he was struck by the Johnson car, which was also westbound. Mr. Govin’s car was turned around and shoved upon the curb. The total damage is said not to have exceeded $5. Both men were alone in their cars.

75 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1942

Wilson hunters make ready for annual quest. Village Nimrods Plan to Leave Soon for Cabins In North. All the talk is buck hunting. Most of the boys will go it seems, Steve. Cave, Ed Close and Martin Dahl have their own cabin near Ladysmith as have Ben Harling, Corvin Arneson and Jack Devine. Casey Johnson, Menomonie will go along.

Not much on ‘bragging, but John Brockley will bring out his buck skin coat when callers at the farm house are present. John has been a couple years buying skins, had the skins tanned and made into a coat that cost $30 but would not be sold for $45.

There was a coon feed at Hersey’s taverns Friday night for hunters. Serving started at 10 o’clock at- George Schillingers and Chas. Hathways. Cook Jack Devine saw to it that boys all were served with roasted coon shot by hunters George Cole, Bud, McGee, Edgar Hillstead and Pete Nyhus.

Folks are glad to hear that aged Peter Johnson is in better health. He lives alone, has a cow, heifer, cat and 24 chickens. ... The bird dog, Peggy, owned by John Devine, wandered over on highway 12 the other day and was run over.

Another man who lives alone in East Wilson is Bill Herd, who keeps busy cutting wood, and reading at his place. He sold his hay, then bought a stove and is looking forward to a long, cold winter.

50 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1967

56 Miles of 1-Road Opened on Thursday: The 56-mile section of 1-94 between Eau Claire and Black River Falls was dedicated Thursday with the opening ceremony held at the 1-94 interchange with CTH BB east of Elk Mound.

Here Acting Governor Jack B. Olson and Dunn County 4-H Queen Georgia Ann Ausman snipped a bright orange ribbon to open the roadway. Gov. Olson said that each five miles of freeway will save one life annually and the opening of the new section of highway will mean that 11 lives will be saved during the next year. He predicted the roadway will I bring thousands of visitors into the area and noted that tourism is a billion dollar business in the state.

25 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1992

Police see increase in speeding with overpass, bridge: With the completion of the bridge over Lake Menomin and the pedestrian overpass on South Broadway, city police have seen a dramatic increase in vehicle speeds extending as far north as Oak Avenue.

Police Chief Dennis Beety said he is concerned this will impact unfavorably in an area that already generates a large number of motor vehicle accidents. Beety also voiced concern regarding speed violations occurring on Stout Road.

“With the recent development on the cities east side, traffic volumes have grown steadily. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit while traveling in the right lane are often difficult to see and pose a serious highway safety problem,” Beety said. “I encourage motorists to observe the posted limits and as winter approaches, be prepared to reduce speeds below those limits as weather conditions warrant. The chief added his officers have been instructed to pay particular attention to these areas and to take appropriate enforcement action as needed.

University of Wisconsin Stout officials are working to educate students on the danger of throwing snowballs at cars from the new north campus overpass in light of complaints received during the first snowfall of the year.

Five snow-throwing complaints were received after the first snowfall, which occurred Oct. 19. The overpass connects student dormitories on the north and south sides of Hwy. 25.

Student Services officials have talked to students, made them aware of the dangers of throwing snowballs at vehicles and have asked them to refrain from the activity.

15 Years

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002

For the second consecutive year, Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. (MSI) a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardinal Health, the leading provider of products and services supporting the health care industry, claimed top honors for overall customer satisfaction in the 2002 Wilson Ex Pharmacy Satisfaction Report. Medicine. Shoppe Store Owners Fred and Ellen Ochs were recently presented with a replica of the Wilson Award for display at each of their pharmacies.

10 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007

After an argument with his wife, a 29-year-old Menomonie man threatened to blow up the couple’s home and kill himself. A little after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, Dunn County Sheriffs officials, assisted by the Menomonie police and fire departments, responded to the residence located at N4791 State Highway 25 in the Town of Menomonie.

Sheriff Dennis Smith said that the man’s wife left after the argument. She called the authorities after her husband began calling her and making the threats.

Officers negotiated with the man for a little more than an hour by phone as they evacuated area residences. The subject finally did come out of the house and voluntarily turned himself over to police. He was taken to an Eau Claire hospital for further evaluation. Authorities are not releasing the name of the subject and stated that no criminal charges are pending.

5 Years

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012

A fire on May 1 destroyed the agricultural science classroom and adjacent animal lab at Menomonie High School. Between 35 and 40 animals housed in the lab died as a result. Although more than $400,000 was incurred, insurance covered all but a $1,000 deductible.

“Carl Casper gave me a call that night right after it happened,” said ag science teacher Jean D’Angelo about the fire that caused the death of 35 animals, including rabbits, chinchillas, gerbils, hamsters, geckos, a snake and a hedgehog.

For the next three weeks, Casper, a local farmer, and fellow Dunn County Farm Bureau members headed up a fundraising effort that yielded $5,300 in donations to help bring life back to the animal lab and the greenhouse, which was also affected in the fire.

Sofi Doane is Dunn County Historical Society Registrar. 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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