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Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1960: Bill Duncan, Menomonie, left, railroad employee for 47 years, and Joe Evan, right, temporary agent for Clare Thomas, are pictured above last Friday on the last day of operation in the downtown Menomonie station of North Western Railroad. The work formerly performed at the Menomonie station is now taken up at the Menomonie Junction which also handles the freight work for Knapp and Elk Mound.

135 Years

Saturday, Jan. 6, 1883

Chetek has a case which calls for a legal discussion of considerable importance. The case is that of a man who fell off a bridge while intoxicated, and hurt his back, so that he died from the effects after three days. He leaves a wife and three children in destitute circumstances, who have to be provided for by the town. The town board propose to see if there is not a law that will hold the saloon keeper who sold the liquor, responsible for the damages.

125 Years

Friday, Jan. 6, 1893

Sheriff Miller took possession of the Sheriff’s office and the county bastille last Monday, his predecessor Geo. Kyle, who has been a popular and efficient sheriff, removing to his farm in the town of Dunn. Sheriff Miller has appointed as Deputy Sheriff, R. W. Gronk, of Dunn. Mr. Gronk is an active, energetic gentleman and will make an efficient and popular officer.

Willie Hill met with an accident on the Twelfth street sliding place that might have been very serious. Lying flat upon his sled he went down the hill, but was overtaken by a careless driver whose horse reared and came down with one hoof on Willie’s left hand, the calk piercing the member through and through. No bones were broken and the lad is recovering as fast as possible.

TEAMS WANTED. Teams for hauling wood from Sec, 345 town of Sherman, to the County Asylum. Apply to C. Forbes, Supt., or to G. W. Clark, of Sherman.

100 Years

Thursday, Jan. 3, 1918

Through the thoughtfulness of citizens of Menomonie and vicinity, the Dunn county boys at Camp Grant, Ill., and Camp MacArthur, Tex., all were enabled to enjoy a good smoke on Christmas and were supplied with material for the same pleasure for some time to come.

There was collected from the small banks placed in various places of the city by W. F. Duesing the sum of $38.90. Through a Milwaukee wholesale tobacco house The News obtained seventy-two dozen 5-cent packages of tobacco, at 50 cents a dozen, which, with express charges of $2.90, represented the amount of the donations.

Twenty dozen packages of the tobacco were consigned directly from Milwaukee to John C, Chase, sergeant, Co. C, 341st infantry, National army, at Camp Grant, to be distributed among the Dunn county boys there, and fifty-two dozen packages were forwarded to Capt. Albert Nathness of Co. H, 128th infantry, Sixty-fourth brigade, Thirty-second division, N. G., at Camp MacArthur, for Co. H.

75 Years

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1943

In the search for the first baby born in Dunn county during 1943, William Dwight Schroeder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Schroeder, is the present claimant to the title of being the county’s first baby in the New Year.

He was born at 12:45 a. m., on January 1, at the home of his parents at 1707 Eighth Street and Dr. Phil Quilling officiated the arrival. If William Dwight is the first baby born in the county in 1943, he is entitled to a whole lot of nice gifts offered by several Menomonie merchants. The baby contest is sponsored by the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce and the National Mutual Benefit Insurance company of Madison.

If you know of any baby born in this county during- the New Year, before William Dwight arrived, please inform The News at once. If no other claimant comes forward, the many prizes will go to William Dwight Schroeder, first New Year baby in the county, as far as present reports show.

50 Years

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1968

Telephone population continued to grow in Menomonie during 1967 according to a yearend report by Richard J. Haanen, local manager for the Wisconsin Telephone Company. Haanen stated that the number of telephones here at the end of 1967 totaled 6,080, an increase of 5.7 per cent over 1966. He added that the exchange handles about 27,500 originating calls per day.

Other developments which highlighted company activities during the year included a $38,100 construction project in the Menomonie central office. The project included installation of additional switching equipment which bolstered facilities for local calling. The job, which was completed in July, also provided an additional 200 subscriber lines and 300 new telephone numbers for the area.

During the year, the company also completed a $34,700 cable installation project in a rural area on the east side of the Menomonie exchange. A 15-mile section of cable was buried along CTH E. The new cable replaced old aerial wire as part of the telephone company’s rural improvement program.

25 Years

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1993

Wisconsin Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative of Menomonie recently reported top producing cows that completed 305-day lactations during November. Top producers are determined by a measuring device called CFP (combined fat and protein). Leading the production parade with 2,398 pounds of CFP is a Holstein owned by Dan Mark Dairy of Mondovi. The cow, named Posey and age 5-04, pailed 35,811 pounds of milk.

Twelve Plott hound dogs perished in a morning barn fire at the Richard R. Kitchner home at Route 1, Wheeler, Dec. 30. The Colfax Fire Department responded to the fire at 10:28 a.m. to find the small barn fully engulfed in flames. It contained 200-300 bales of hay, according to Ray Johnson of the Colfax Fire Department. The fire was most likely caused by a heat lamp placed near the hound pups, Johnson said. Kitchner said this week he had no estimate of damages yet, although he lost a number of items stored in the barn, including an antique oven and a deep freeze, along with the registered hounds.

15 Years

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003

The UW-Stout men’s basketball team overcame a 19 point first half deficit, but couldn’t get all the way back as it dropped an 89-75 decision to Illinois Wesleyan in the second game of the Division III Hawaiian Shootout Sunday in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Blue Devils (5-5) cut into Illinois Wesleyan’s lead, trailing, 42-35, at half-time. But the I8th-ranked Titans held off Stout, shooting 58 percent for the game.

Stout was led by Andy Bray (Jr, Menominee, Mich.) with at 20 points. Barrington Smith (Sr, Oklahoma City, Okla.) added 18 points and Julian Greer (Jr, St. Paul, Minn.) tossed in 14 points in his second game as a Blue Devil. Greer was not eligible in the in first semester. Wesleyan (7-2) was led by Chris Silagi, who came off the bench to score 24 points. John Camardella had 18, Seth Hubbard 17 and Luke Kasten 13.

10 Years

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008

Top 10 stories of 2007

1. Proppant Specialists eyes site near Hoffman Hills for sand mine.

2. TRAC, Inc. closes abruptly, strands truckers.

3. Renovation of Mabel Tainter Memorial is completed.

4. Jesse Harness resigns as administrator of the School District of the Menomonie Area

5. Stout football players arrested on drug charges.

6. County-wide smoking ban is proposed —and defeated.

7. Council OKs second fire station for Menomonie.

8. Community embraces River Heights playground project .

9. UW-Stout is designated as a polytechnic university.

10. Hungry hound consumes $800 in cash

5 Years

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013

Top 10 sports events of 2012

1.Menomonie football team loses Level 1 playoff game for first time in more than two decades on La Crosse Logan Hail Mary.

2, Menomonie Eagles win WBA state title.

3, Menomonie’s Stefani Friedenfels wins WIAA Division 1 girls state triple jump title.

4. Hall of Fame Elk Mound football coach Dan Pedersen retires after 39 years.

5. Colfax’s boys basketball team wins first sectional title in 34 years.

6. UW-Stout cross country runner Tim Nelson is named National Men’s Athlete of the Year.

7. Menomonie wrestling upsets No. 6 Hudson for first time in 11 years.

8, Boyceville’s football team advances to Level 3 playoffs, defeating three conference champs along the way.

9. Boyceville pitcher Ryan Bloom surpasses 500 career strikeouts.

10. Boyceville’s baseball team wins first conference title in 16 years.

In 2012, baby boys outnumbered baby girls born at Mayo Clinic Health System locations in northwest Wisconsin: As of the morning of Dec. 27, the tally was: Barron: 109 babies — 51 girls, 57 boys and one set of twins. Eau Claire: 1,067 babies — 520 girls, 547 boys and 11 sets of twins. Menomonie: 314 babies — 161 boys, 153 girls and no twins.

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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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