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From past files of The Star News


April 22, 2010

Northcentral Technical College president Lori Weyers resorted to the hard sell of take it or leave it to close the deal and have the county board agree to transfer ownership of a building and portion of the Campus Woods valued at about $2 million to the college.

The college plans to combine the county’s contribution with the $1.5 million in NTC money in order to quality for a matching federal Economic Development Administration grant which would fund a major expansion of the facilities here and create a “Green Institute.”

“The deal is the way we put it in there, if you change it then we do not have a deal,” Weyers said in response to a suggestion by supervisor Chuck Zenner to have the college transfer ownership of the transmitting tower at the facility to the county with no strings attached.


April 26, 1995

A proposed expansion of the Taylor County Airport was endorsed by business and civic leaders last week, but opposed by some residents living near the airport who claim it will devalue their property and cause them major inconvenience.

The planned expansion, which is scheduled for next spring, includes construction of a new 4,950-foot east-west runway, a connection taxiway, and reconstruction of the existing apron with a concrete refueling pad.

The project will cost about $2 million (the county’s share is 20 percent, or about $400,000) and is part of a Six-Year Plan approved by the Taylor County Board five years ago.


April 23, 1970

Included in the state division of highway’s allotment to municipalities is the sum of $70,480 earmarked for Taylor county. The division of highways has mailed checks totaling more than $6.6 million to cities, towns and villages in the state.

The present allotment is the first portion of about $50 million in highway user taxes to be collected by the state and returned to local municipal governments during the year. The payments are made under statutory allotment for improvements to local public roads and streets. Separate allocations are made to county governments for highway purposes.


April 19, 1945

A combination store room, barn, garage, and scale house on Second street, owned by Louis Castens, Medford, and rented by Brandner’s Meat Market, was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The fire was believed to have been started by sparks from a chimney.

Besides Carstens’ loss of the building, Johnnie Brandner lost two hogs and several tools. A 250 lb. Chester White hot ambled slowly across Second street as the fire was getting underway, disputing the right of way with a Medford city fire truck.


April 21, 1920

The third annual banquet given by Manager J. S. Landon of the Medford Lumber Co. was held at the opera house last Wednesday evening. The entire mill, yard, and office force and a number of invited guests partook of the excellent supper served by the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Mr. Landon, after making a few remarks called upon S. J. Williams of Rib Lake, L. D. Russell, L. L. Urquhart and Herman Leicht. These gentlemen all gave interesting short talks, which were followed by the address of the evening by P. L. Hutton of Milwaukee. The address was a masterpiece and was thoroughly enjoyed.


April 20, 1895

The warlike temperament of man has been one of his most prominent characteristics from the earliest times. To live to fight has been the chief aim of most primitive peoples and has been a leading occupation of all civilized ones. Armies have grown in size, weapons have multiplied in number and destructiveness, battles have grown more and more deadly in action, while also becoming more merciful in their accompaniments, but still it is everywhere apparent that, in spite of these aids to carnage, the military spirit is on the decline.