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From past files of The Star News


February 25, 2010

Stetsonville’s proposed water tower faces a few more hurdles before getting final county approval.

Earlier this month, the county’s airport committee gave its blessing to the tower, which exceeds height limits for airspace zoning by nine feet. The airport committee members had based their decision on the clearance of the tower by the state and Federal Aviation Administration.

However, the zoning rules are not enforced by the airport committee, nor by the state or FAA, but by the zoning department and county zoning administrator Larry Peterson denied the zoning permit request based on county code which sets the maximum elevation for structures around the airport.

Peterson explained to members of the county zoning committee that under ordinance he has to deny it so that it can move forward to an adjustment board to seek a variance to the height requirement.


March 1, 1995

Members of the Medford Public Library Board learned last week what they knew all along — that there are no clear-cut answers regarding the library building issue.

“The issues you are dealing with amount to a trade-off,” Anders Dahlgren told the Board last week. “You must weigh what you are going to gain by going one route against what you would lose.” Dahlgren is a public library consultant for the state Department of Public Instruction’s Bureau for Library Development. He and Brian McCormick, a preservation architect with the State Historical Society, spoke at last week’s Library Board meeting regarding the issue of whether to renovate and add on to the present library, or build a new library on a different site.


February 26, 1970

Cars driven by Jeffery Mayer, 17, Stetsonville, route 1, and Miss Sharon Persich, 18, Medford, were involved in a mishap on State street Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Mayer told the investigating Medford city officer that while traveling west he was blinded by the sun and collided with the oncoming Persich auto. Damage to the left front of the Mayer auto was set at $100 and at $400 to the left front of the Persich vehicle.


February 22, 1945

The Taylor County Electric Cooperative now has 1,080 consumers connected as compared with 932 in 1943, and it has 300 miles of line as compared with 290 miles in 1943.

Approximately 400 member attended the eighth annual meeting of the Taylor County Cooperative held Monday at the Avon theatre in the City of Medford. The voting registration was 240.

Speakers who addressed the meeting were Erich Lenz, general manager of Farmers Co-op Oil Company, Merrill, as guest speaker; others were Wm. Owen, president of Wisconsin Electric Coop- erative, Madison; A. P. Smith, business manager of Dairyland Power Cooperative, Genoa; and H. M. Schermerhorn, editor of Wisconsin REA News, Madison.


February 25, 1920

The Hurd Lumber Co. has purchased the saw mill of Wm. Knueth of Molitor. The latter however, retains the shingle and planing mill part of his outfit.

James Furland of Browning has business in the city Saturday. He reports numerous cases of the flu in his neighborhood, among them the H. Zeimer family, who are all down with the disease.


February 23, 1895

Great guns and heavy armor will be only incidentals in the next great war. Mechanical ingenuity in matters of offense and defense is being expended in many other lines of fully equal importance, and a vast array of apparatus, in which even the civilian must be interested, is being put in readiness for action should the demand for it suddenly come. Not the least interesting product of military inventive genius is the disappearing gun carriage, of which no end of modifications have been proposed and in part executed during the past decade.