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Wednesday, June 28, 1961: Bill Frank, owner of Crystal Industries, checks a tube after it had been rebuilt. Sixteen different tests were made to insure high quality and tubes rebuilt by the firm carried a one-year guarantee. Located in Elk Mound, Crystal Industries’ quarters were located near a water supply that allowed this company to rebuild TV picture tubes far cheaper than many other stores of its kind.

“New regulations governing nearly all wages and salaries have been issued by Justice Byrnes, until recently on the Supreme bench and now director of Economic Stabilization.”

— Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1942

There would be thousands of persons whose salaries that would be affected materially by this order. There was a reason beyond curtailment of inflations, broadening of personal sacrifice, and aside from the personal income taxes. In fact, there would be some reduction in personal income taxes because of it. Some of those who were receiving $1,000 or more per day in salaries — and there were dozens of them, including the heads of some of the monopolies which had big war contracts — would have their income taxes greatly reduced. But corporation taxes were higher than the average of income taxes, and it would be expected that the limitations would swell the net incomes of corporations and hence add to the revenues under the new tax bill.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Downsville Elementary School has been recognized as a School of Merit in two areas by the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for their implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and multi-level systems of support in their academic area of Mathematics. Downsville Elementary was one of 222 schools in the state to receive the PBIS award and one of 125 schools for Mathematics for the 2015-16 school years. Downsville staff received banners to proudly display on the outside of their elementary building. The recognition is based on an application process that included team and meeting information, implementation and outcome dad, and a narrative that described that data, systems and practices of PBIS and RtI implementation.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1992

The revision of a pollutant discharge permit for Jerome Farms, Inc.-Evergreen Farm is being heralded by one group as proof of what can happen when all sides work together. The Department of Natural Resources recently released a final notice to reissue a Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the Otter Creek turkey production facility. The permit was revamped after a February hearing during which many residents aired concerns about the facility. Under requirements of the new permit, winter manure spreading would be eliminated and pilot soil testing on some field would be required. Jerome Food’s currently houses about 144,000 turkeys in confinement buildings. The waterway affected by the discharge of turkey waste includes the fields and watershed in the lower Chippewa River Basin.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1967

If assessors in the county assessed at the same rate in 1967 as in 1966, Hay river, Sheridan, Spring Brook, Wilson and Menomonie (city) showed the greatest growth during the past year. This information was learned from assessor’s annual reports filed at the office of Miss Eleanor Solberg, county clerk. These five units showed an increase in assessed value of $6,828,455. The assessed value of all property in the county, according to these reports, is $65,476, 554, an increase of $8,494,962 over the previous year. The five units mentioned above all showed increases of more than $1 million with Hay River’s valuation increasing $1,326,335; Sheridan, $1,234,955; Spring Brook, 41,883,610; Wilson, $1,247,870; and Menomonie, $1,135,685.

Wood is the most important and most beautiful material used most beautiful material used in construction, declared George Soderberg, a member of the wood techniques department at Stout State.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1942

New regulations governing nearly all wages and salaries shave been issued by Justice Byrnes, until recently on the Supreme bench and now director of Economic Stabilization. They are in addition to the wage and salary ceiling provisions established a few weeks ago, and covers big salaries and big wages. Those engaged by firms employed eight people or less are not affected. Salaries below $5,000 per annum are “frozen” as of September 15. Salaries above that amount are not to be increased, but may be reduced to that amount. Forbidden are the payment of salaries above $25,000 per annum, after taxes are deducted from any higher amount. This limit has been under discussion for months. There are exceptions to these freezing regulations. Advances in salaries or wages may be made upon the consent of the Treasury Department or the War Labor Board, if and when merit of an individual warrants such favorable consideration.

**No entry available for Thursday, Nov. 1, 1917**

Friday, Nov. 4, 1892

The contemptible meanness which characterized the Menomonie Times’ comments on the republican wigwam last week would beneath notice but for the fact that they illustrate correctly the lack of character among our local democratic leaders and the low place upon which they move and have their being. Two years ago an effigy of Ex-Gov. Hoard, carried in a democratic procession, was publicly burned. Last week a republican torchlight parade was rotten egged, the stove flues at the wigwam were covered for the purpose of smoking out the audience, and roughs inside disturbed the meeting with their interruptions. And Tuesday evening of this is week the Spooner parade was rotten egged from the Times building. Now all this is the legitimate fruitage of such utterances as the Times contains in relation to the wigwam. By their silence at least do our local democracy approve of these things.

Saturday, Nov. 4, 1882

Halloween revelers were out in force Wednesday evening. Many wild pranks, some funny and some annoying, were indulged in, such as ringing door bells, firing handfuls of shelled corn at windows, unhanging gates, attaching notes and sketches on cardboard to front doors; but, as is apt to be the case, there were also really reprehensible tricks perpetrated. Such for instance was the daubing of doors, windows and house fronts with paint, and the defacing of fences about town, which would entitle the offenders to severe punishment if discovered.

The Barron County shield says that Plate & Eytcheson have sold their steam mill at Cameron to a party from Chippewa Falls; consideration $2,200. They will proceed at once to build another mill in the hardwood northwest of Rice Lake.

The Bailey Manufacturing Company at Knapp is in trouble. Attachments have been levied by St. Paul parties on the company’s property amounting to $30,000 and the property is now in the hands of the sheriff. We regret the company’s embarrassment and trust it will prove only temporary.

Dustyn Dubuque is the Events and Programming Coordinator for the Dunn County Historical Society (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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