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From past files of The Star News


October 29, 2009

A Green Institute at Northcentral Technical College is a step closer to reality following approval in concept of a memorandum of understanding by supervisors at Wednesday’s county board session.

The vote on the NTC agreement came at the tail end of a three-hour long session which saw supervisors take up more than 29 items and approved the county’s 2010 budget and set the tax levy.

Lori Weyers, president of NTC, presented the board with the updated proposal of what the college hoped to take place. The concept has not changed from one reviewed by a large portion of the board on September 18 and at this point Weyers and others from NTC down played the sketch and site plan, noting that it could and likely would change depending on if the grant was successful or the project proceeded.


November 2, 1994

Following a rash of auto thefts recently, the Medford Police Department is urging the residents to lock their vehicles and take their keys with them when they park.

According to Police Chief Jack Kay, his department has received reports of five vehicles stolen in the past three months. He said the thefts have been from private driveways as well as from city streets. The one common denominator has been that the keys had been left in all of the stolen vehicles.

“No one here can recall the last time a vehicle was stolen in Medford by a ‘hot wire’ or other method, as all reported thefts have resulted when the keys were left in the vehicle,” Kay said.


October 30, 1969

Two buildings on Main street in Medford were entered during the night hours Sunday and Monday.

City police received a report that the Taylor County Teachers college office had been entered sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Officials were unable to determine whether articles and money were missing because president Arthur Prochnow was out of town when the incident occurred.

Four guns and two radios, valued at $440.70, were stolen sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning from the Coast-to-Coast Store.


October 26, 1944

Forest Ranger Del Isch, Sheldon Lowrie of Perkinstown station, and George McNamar, flight leader for the Medford flight C. A. P., installed radio equipment in McNamar’s plane Sunday, which will be used to patrol forest fires in the Chequamegon national forest area.

After the equipment was installed Sunday, McNamar and Lowrie flew over the forest area for 45 minutes and contacted all fire watch towers. This new equipment enabled them to keep in touch with all of the towers and to report any signs of fire, however no fires were found in the forest area.


October 29, 1919

Road Commissioner Fred Grahl received a notification last week that the state commission had decided that the new state and federal road to be built from Marinette west thru Antigo and Merrill will take what is known as the “south road” thru Taylor County that is it will enter the County on the Goodrich road and follow west to this city and then west on the County road to Polley where it turns north two miles to Gilman, from which village it continues west to Cornell.

The information is also given the commissioner that eleven miles will be built next year and $50,000 expended.


October 27, 1894

Some fine specimens of American tea have been sent from Fayette, N. C., this season to Northern markets, and according to the New York Evening Post, the results of the sales seem to indicate that the culture of this crop in parts of the South may yet lead to large fortunes. It is not generally known that attempts were made to establish tea gardens here before the war, and that since the end of that outbreak systematic efforts have been made to revive the old gardens. Professor Massey, of the State Agricultural College, has been instrumental in trying to spread information among the farmers concerning the culture of tea, and a few have been induced to put out gardens.