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From past files of The Star News


December 17, 2009

The fate of the proposed North Breeze Dairy farm in the Town of Little Black is back in the hands of the Taylor County Land Conservation Committee. The committee met Wednesday morning to look at the issue following the December 1 preliminary approval by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of a revised nutrient management plan. With the state’s preliminary approval, the issue comes back to Taylor County for the approval of the permits needed.

After a 75-minute discussion of the issue, the committee decided it would take no action until after it studied the new plan further.

The North Breeze Dairy is a proposed 4,000-cow concentrated animal feeding operation in the Town of Little Black.


December 21, 1994

Taylor County courthouse employees who want to light up will soon be banished to a small room in the basement next to the old boiler room.

A new smoking area for employees at the jail will also be explored.

At the present time, the designated smoking area at the jail is in the kitchen, while the designated smoking in the courthouse is underneath the stairwell on the first floor. The rest of the building was made smoke-free by county ordinance about four years ago, In a letter to Buildings, Grounds and Parks Committee Chairman Henry Gebauer last month, Sharon Virnig said odors from both smoking rooms is “nauseating” and requested that something be done about the “poor air” in the building.


December 18, 1969

The Perkinstown Winter Sports area, having undergone a complete face-lifting this past summer, will be opened to the public Saturday, Dec. 27. Ken Brager, Gilman Future Farmers of America adviser, has announced that the area will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m., and evenings through prior reservations.

The area offers skiing, tobogganing, skating and an “innertube” hill. A picturesque snowmobile trail begins at the area and extends 15 miles through the Chequamegon national forest.


December 14, 1944

The national airport plan released by the Civil Aeronautics Administration included only $17,000 for Taylor county. Taylor county was among the 14 counties in this tenth congressional district to be included in the allotment of $3,287,000 for improved and new airports.

Of the $17,000 recommended for the Taylor county airport, $16,000 would be appropriated for the preparation of the land and $1,000 would be used for miscellaneous expenses. The present congress passed a resolution authorizing the Civil Aeronautics Administration to make a thorough study and report is recommendations.


December 17, 1919

Next Saturday, December 20th, is election day, not to elect officers but to decide whether or not Taylor County is to raise money by bonding to build a county system of roads. As we stated in our last issue, the federal trunk line will be built anyway, those are the ones running north and south thru Stetsonville, Medford, Chelsea and Westboro, and the one running east and west thru Goodrich, Medford, Polley, and Gilman, but the other towns are desirous of having some good roads in order to give them all some, the system was worked out so that every town in the county will get some aid.


December 15, 1894

The bloody massacres perpetrated by the Turks and Kurds in the heart of Armenia served to call public attention to one of the oldest and most remarkable counties on the globe, a country once rich and populous and powerful, but, like every other land that has suffered the curse of Turkish rule, now desolate. There was a time when the Armenians numbered at least 25,000,000 population, but now it is estimated that not more than 5,000,000 remain in their native and well-beloved land, while 3,000,000 or 4,000,000 more are wanderers to and fro over the earth.