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From past files of The Star News


June 24, 2010

Sometimes it makes sense to repair what you have and other time it makes more sense to build new.

Members of the Taylor County buildings and grounds committee last week leaned toward replacement of the chalet building at the Perkinstown Winter Sports Area rather than costly renovations to the old building. According to Jeff Ludwig, county buildings supervisor, the current chalet is not handicapped accessible and the observation deck is wearing out.

He proposed two options for the county. The first was to renovate the existing two-story structure and add on to the top floor with bathrooms and an entrance level with the upper parking lot for handicapped access, a series of new decks and ramps would then need to be built to access the sledding hill and lower level. The second option was to lower the hill the upper parking lot is on by about four feet and build a single-story structure at that level with observation deck and ramps leading down to the base of the sledding hill.


June 28, 1995

As expected, a proposal that would have City residents paying for trash pickup even if they’re on extended vacation, or otherwise not occupying their residence here, was hotly challenged by landlords and other last week.

At is May 22 meeting, the City Council’s Committee on Public Utilities unanimously voted to recommend to the Council that it delete portions of an ordinance passed a year ago that had exempted residents or landlords from paying a solid waste collection fee for unoccupied dwellings if they gave three weeks advance notice in writing to the Medford Electric Utility.

According to Utilities Committee Chairman Arlene “Archie” Parent, the recommendation was the result of a study of the Electric Utility by the accounting firm of Anderson Tackman & Co., which said exemption was time-consuming and being abused.


June 25, 1970

Educators and school board members were briefed recently on a “tentative” long range plan for the reorganization of school districts in the Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 2 (CESA). Attending the meeting at Lakeland high school, Minocqua-Woodruff, from this area were Medford area school district administrator Orvus Dodsworth, elementary education coordinator Robert Borck, board members Ray Ludwig and Arthur Huther and Rib Lake area district administrator, Robert Becker and members of area school board.


June 21, 1945

Matheus brothers, operators of the Red and White store and the locker plant at Medford, the men who have been planning to build a meat plant here, have purchased the Medford golf course. The property includes most of the original golf grounds, with the exception of a few lots close to other residences which have been sold in the past for residence sites, and a strip along state highway 13 which includes the REA office building, the former golf club house.

Wm. Matheau stated Tuesday that the firm’s plans for disposition of the golf club property are not complete. He states that they may continue to operate it, or that they might subdivide the land as a number of both local and outside interest are looking for locations here.


June 23, 1920

Now is the time to reflect on the price we paid per pound for clover seed last spring, for now is the time when we can take steps to prevent a recurrence of the same cost next spring. When will you begin haying? Will you wait until after July 4th because you have always waited until then? Or will you wait until after the Fourth because the weather is never settled before? Or will you wait until the timothy has its second bloom?


June 15, 1895

Milwaukee, Wis., June 10.—Fire which started in the yard of the Forster company did nearly $100,000 damage in the Commerce street lumber district last night. The alarm had been tardily given and the flames had spread in all directions by the time the firemen arrived. Uhrig’s coal yard was one of the first places to which the blaze was communicated. There was 50,000 tons of coal in stock and at the dock was the steamer Raleigh of Detroit with a coal cargo. The plant of the Brodesser Manufacturing company, the Schlitz Brewing company’s barns and the Gallum tannery were among the adjoining places badly damaged. At one time it looked as though the Schlitz brewery was doomed, but a detail of firemen succeeded in protecting it. A general alarm had been turned in and it took two hours’ hard fighting by the entire department to check the flames.