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Sunday, Feb. 28, 1993: The old Tyrone hotel, above, was accidentally set on fire this week after NSP crews were working on cleaning up the site. The building was slated for demolition anyway, NSP officials said.

135 Years

Saturday, March 3, 1883

A physician gives the following rule by which to determine diphtheria from ulcerated sore throat. He says: “ If the throat is red and smaller, no fear of diphtheria. But if it looks as though somebody had blown a handful of ashes into the throat — dull gray color — look out. It’s diphtheria danger signal.

Alderman Scott has been nursing one of his thumbs during the past week, the end of which he amputated with an ax.

Dr. E. 0. Baker, assisted by his son E. J. Baker, and Dr. D. H. Decker, amputated the leg of Lucy Grover, a thirteen year-old daughter of W. S.Grover of Prairie Farm, at the residence of George Manchester this city, Friday morning, March 2. Mr. Grover informs us that when quite young Lucy injured the limb by a fall, and it has since grown gradually worse until it had become entirely useless. The amputation was made below the knee.

125 Years

Friday, March 3, 1893

On Broadway and Main Street in Menomonie, frost has penetrated between eight and nine feet, while in other portions of the city it has not gone so deep, The reason the streets mentioned are frozen deepest is supposed to be because they are filled with moisture from being sprinkled in the summer and fall to lay the dust. Frost will apparently penetrate farther in damp earth than in dry.

The ground is frozen about three feet deep, so those who have dug graves inform us. N. D. Nogle who has lately been visiting in the southern part of the state says that at Portage the frost has gone over six feet deep.

100 Years

Thursday, Feb. 28, 1918

Little Otter Creek, Feb. 26—Mr. and Mrs. Fred Palmer were alarmed Saturday evening when they discovered their little five-year-old son was missing from the premises and it was growing dark. Some of the neighbors were called by phone and no one had any idea of his whereabouts. The older children had taken a rig and gone to Wheeler to a Red Cross show and finally it dawned upon his parents that perhaps the child had hidden in their rig and was going to see some of the world.

Some of the neighbors were called by phone to stop the rig and investigate. They found the child had snugly tucked himself under the front seat and under the overlapped blanket on the back of the seat and was most heartily enjoying his ride. He said it was his intention to get out at Wheeler when the rest did.

75 Years

Wednesday, March 3, 1943

Mrs. Harold Neverdahl, town of Menomonie, has been serving on the production lines at the home front for the past two weeks. She is the only woman in Dunn county calling on farmers to sign the farm plans for the Triple-A. Mr. Neverdahl has been a Triple A committeeman for three years. Because of the labor shortages on the farm, women were elected for the first time last fall. Mrs. Neverdahl was elected as an alternate. Her husband drives the car and takes their 5-year son with him, leaving his wife in her territory to be covered and then she walks from farm to farm.

County Traffic Officer Clarence Waiter advised that April 1 is the date that new automobile licenses must be on cars. If the licenses do not appear on cars on that day, operators must be able to furnish proof that they have ordered them. Law enforcement officers have been advised that a complete supply of 1943 car windshield license stickers and ‘43 metal insert tags are on hand. Applicants for 1943 car registration are furnished the windshield license sticker and one ‘43 metal insert tag. both mailed in the same envelope in which the certificate of title and new registration card are sent to them. The windshield license sticker bears the same numerals as the large 1942 plates issued to the vehicle, and the metal ‘43 insert tag is to be attached to the rear license plate of the vehicle. The v/windshield license sticker and the metal tag insert must both be displayed as evidence of 1943 registration.

50 Years

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1968

Fire destroyed a large amount of farm machinery housed in a shed on the Robert Hughes farm, Rt. 1, Knapp, Wednesday morning. Destroyed were three tractors, two combines, two wagons, a hay mower-conditioner, a welder, a corn picker and other farm machinery. In addition about 1,000 bales of hay and straw stored in the shed were lost. The rural fire department was called to the scene at 10:37 a.m. land returned to the station at 2:56 p.m. Flames were prevented from spreading to a nearby barn and garage. Heat from the burning quonset-type shed melted shingles on the barn roof.

Firemen were called to the Ole Granoien farm in the Town of Menomonie Saturday, Feb. 24, at 9:09 a.m. to put out a chimney fire. They returned to the station at 10:05 a.m.

Fire destroyed a hog house on the Carl Wyss farm in the Town of Menomonie Thursday, Feb. 22. Seven sows and 58 small pigs were lost. Firefighters were called to the farm at 12:49 a.m. and remained at the scene until 3:37 a.m.

25 Years

Sunday, Feb. 28, 1993

Sparks set off fire that destroys old Tyrone hotel. The Durand Fire Department responded to a call at the old Tyrone hotel in the town of Peru Thursday evening, Feb. 25. Northern States Power Co. crews had been at the site during the day segregating piles of clean wood and burning them, and sparks reportedly escaped and set the building on fire. “We did not intend to torch the whole building,” said Dave Welder, NSP engineer. The crews had removed all liquid wastes from the site, Welder said.

“It was quite a clean up. Basically, it had been filled with junk over the last several years,” Welder said.

The hotel was occupied only by dogs during the last few years. Stan Cider, former owner of the site, lived in a trailer next to the hotel until his death last fall.

NSP, the owner of the property, had planned to demolish the building for safety reasons. Crews will now use bulldozers and take the remnants to the landfill, according to Welder.

15 Years

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003

MHS dance team earns national title in Jazz/Funk The MHS varsity dance team came home this past weekend from Minneapolis with some impressive hardware.

The girls participated in the UPA National Competition, and successfully placed in every routine in which they performed. The squad used a spectacular, eye-catching performance to win a 2003 national title in the Jazz/Funk category. The team placed second in the Mix It All and another category, as well. The team placed ninth out of more than 100 routines.

10 Years

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

With the clock doggedly ticking away, Chippewa Falls head boys’ basketball coach and Menomonie High grad Luke Madsen crouched in front of his team with his chin resting on his palm. He could no longer delay the inevitable — the benchmark season for the Cardinals was coming to a cruel ending against underdog Menomonie in the WIAA Division 1 regional final in Chippewa Falls.

The Indians (8-13, 4-8) punished the Cardinals (16-6, 8-4) on the glass and bullied their way to a 65-42 victory and their second regional championship in three years. The Cardinals had defeated the Indians in their previous two meetings this season, 59-55 and 42-39. Despite a woeful performance in the season’s final game where the Cardinals (16-7) shot 25 percent from the floor and were outrebounded 41-21, it was a season to remember for the Cardinals.

5 Years

Sunday, March 3, 2013

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and in celebration of reading, Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie hosted a Read Across America event for preschoolers at the Menomonie Public Library on Friday. Nearly 50 children attended with their parents and enjoyed Dr. Seuss-themed activities, including “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”, “Cat in the Hat” and “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” Dr. Sara Herrmann read to the children, followed by music and movement. As the fun ended, each child received a gift bag that included a banana, stickers and a pencil.

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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