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From past files of The Star News


February 4, 2010

Medford is closer to having a new option for those seeking an ice cream fix.

The Medford Planning Commission Monday night approved a conditional use permit for Gary Jensen to have a drive-up window at a planned ice cream shop on his property at 301 North 8th Street (Hwy 13). The store will be called Moosie’s and offer a full selection of frozen treats.

The store is located in the parking lot of the Medford Inn, which is also owned by Jensen. In the past the location has been a mini-golf course and most recently was the office for BP Communications.

City code requires any establishment with a drive-up window to get a conditional use permit from the city so that they may review such things as traffic impact and hours of operation.


February 8, 1995

The Medford Area Senior High library was filled Monday evening with those who supported changing the school’s Indian logo and those who are fighting to keep the logo. The two sides squared off during an “Educational Forum” facilitated by Community Development Agent Arlen Albrecht and set up by the school board.

Last June the school board approved a recommendation by the Athletic Improvement Council to change the logo and select a new logo that does not involve a Native American image. Many students and citizens in the community urged and supported that decision.

However, after pressure to reinstate the Indian logo from another large group of concerned citizens, the school board rescinded its earlier vote with the provision that the logo not be used until an Educational Forum to address the issue was held.


February 5, 1970

City councilmen Tuesday night approved a contract with Northwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission in which the commission will offer technical advice in drafting a comprehensive plan and planning program. Cost of the commission’s service will be on a salary, plus expenses, basis not to exceed $5,000 during the planning period from April 1, 1970 to March 31, 1971.

The city of Medford will do its own “leg work” in the survey and analysis, plan preparation and implementation.


February 1, 1945

A crew of ten men are cutting ice on the Black river, north of the Medford city park, for the Eggert Ice and Fuel Company. They began cutting Saturday, January 20, and they are using a crane to lift the ice from the water, the same crane which is used for unloading lime.

Eggert stated that there is a good clear crop of ice this year and that the thickness of the ice has reached 20 inches.

About 5,000 cakes will be put up for the city of Medford in the ice house north of the park.


February 4, 1920

The beauties of the woods and fields have been sung by more poets than one, we love the openness and freedom of rural life. In fact to enjoy life we all “go to the country”. And yet as we travel the rural highways and visit farm homes in how many cases do we find the beauties of nature destroyed by unsightly buildings and hideous sign boards. How many times do we fail to set off the home so that its beauties may be most evident. How many times do we find views that are most lovely hidden by a forest of trees. Often we could enhance the beauties of nature by suitable planning and planting.


February 2, 1895

One day during the latter part of last June William Franklin and his daughter, Mrs. Frank Stone, happened to stroll up a gulch in Pennington County, and, stopping to rest, Mrs. Stone idly broke in two a small piece of rock, which in the break, upon examination, showed some particles of gold. A little digging, says a Chamberlain, S. D., correspondent of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, exposed more of the rock, which, upon being panned, proved very rich. Everybody in the vicinity, having nothing to do, visited the spot, and for pastime were allowed to dig out some rock and pan out the gold.