Posted on



From past files of The Star News


March 4, 2010

Alderman Peggy Kraschnewski says she doesn’t want the city to make the same mistake twice.

She said in 1994, the city went along with what the state said was salt tolerant grass when the portion of Hwy 13 south of Hwy 64 was rebuilt. She said the grass wasn’t as salt tolerant as promised and property owners are still complaining about it. “We were wrong and I have heard about it ever since,” she said to members of the city council at Monday night’s council meeting.

Kraschnewski was absent from last week’s committee of the whole meeting where on a 4-2 vote alderman recommended going with the lest expensive grass option for the space between the curb and the sidewalk instead of the hard surfacing.


March 8, 1995

Over 100 Stetsonville parents showed up at the Stetsonville Elementary School (SES) last Thursday evening to meet with District Administrator Paul Schoenberger and protest a proposal to move the fifth grade from SES to Medford Area Middle School (MAMS). All other fifth grade classes were moved to MAMS four years ago. Some school board member also at- tended the meeting.

The proposal would move all the Medford Early Childhood and 4-yearold kindergarten classes to Stetsonville; move the fifth grade from SES to MAMS to open up two rooms; provide parents a choice for kindergarten; and would serve more kids in the 4-year-old program.


March 5, 1970

Medford volunteers firemen will no longer need to be light sleepers in order to hear the siren alarm. Installed in their telephones will be an instant “hotline” communication with a central station, the improved fire alert system given city council approval Tuesday night.

Placing the proposition before the council were members of the fire department committee, Cy Pernsteiner and Dave Armbrust, and Donald Brown, manager of Midway Telephone Co. Installations at a central station and at residences of firemen on a five-year contract will cost $1.50 per month per telephone and $2.25 per month for the central station installation at the sheriff’s office which presently receives fire calls on a 24-hour alert.


March 1, 1945

The Medford Cooperative Creamery Company, which has been in existence for the past 30 years, recently began the construction of a laboratory room. The room, an 18x26 in size, is being built in the churn room located on the first floor of the creamery building.

Manager Ed Carlson expects that the lab room will be completed within a month. All of the laboratory equipment is at the creamery and will be installed as soon as the room is completed.


March 3, 1920

The railroad yards are pretty well filled with pulp and bark which reminds one of the old times. But the prices are not old time prices and it make many people wish that they had kept their forest products a few years longer.

Someone broke into the Riverside Hotel Friday night or Saturday morning and helped theirselves to several hundred dollars. The money they took were mostly gold coins that were left hanging on a punch board. The authorities have not found a clue as to who did the deed yet.


March 2, 1895

Holland’s city canals are sources of constant peril to health. It is true that great precautions are taken to insure the purity of the water but even with precautions, the water can not be kept pure. There are stringent municipal regulations against the throwing of any kind of offal or refuse matter into the canals, but to judge from the smell of the small canals, the back alley water ways, many a bucket of kitchen stuff must be surreptitiously emptied out of the back window as the easiest way of getting rid of it.