Out of the Past – 2-8-2017
10 years ago
February 7, 2007
Three house fires occurred in Dunn County within 24 hours January 30 and 31: the Clint Peterson home on Hwy. W; the Bill Warner residence in the Town of Tainter; and a house in Downing.
A forum stressing the danger of methamphetamine usage was held at Colfax High School Jan. 30.
A 90th birthday party was held for Norman Larson at Olde Towne in Menomonie Dec. 28. Larson grew up in the Colfax area. About 65 family members attended.
25 years ago
February 6, 1992
Colfax Rescue Squad efforts to purchase a defibrillator got off to a good start when Audrey Kippenhan presented a donation of $1,500 from the Jerry Peterson Heart Fund to Paul Flatland, assistant supervisor; Al Johnson, supervisor; and Nancy Hainstock, fund drive coordinator.
Regional wrestling competition kicks off with the WIAA tournament Feb. 15. After competing all season as a cooperative squad, Colfax and Elk Mound will field separate teams at the regional in Boyceville.
The Colfax Boy Scouts are planning a franks and beans dinner fundraiser March 14 in the municipal building.
35 years ago
February 11, 1982
The Green Bay Packers basketball squad played the 1978 Colfax Vikings state championship team Feb. 7 at Colfax High School to raise money for the Colfax FFA Alumni and the Kiwanis. Colfax cheerleaders were John Bates, Dave Buchner, Mike Henderson, Tim Lauffer and Jon Suckow.
Colfax’s backup ambulance will be re-certified the village board learned Feb. 8. The ambulance is three inches shy of the height required by the state and was ordered out of service in late 1981 after a two-year fight by the Colfax Rescue Squad to keep the certification.
Voters in the Town of Elk Mound will go to their new town hall to vote for the first time when the Elk Mound school board primary is held Feb. 16. Prior to this, town residents voted in the Village of Elk Mound. The cost of the new town hall was $70,000.
Planning a Feb. 12-13 grand opening for their new fertilizer plant in Colfax are John Sleichert and David Haugle, co-owners of Colfax Agrow Service.
50 years ago
February 9, 1967
Only two fish were caught in the Northwest Rod and Gun Club fishing contest Feb. 5. Paul Studer of Boyceville caught a sunfish, and Herb Stevens of White Bear Lake, Minn., caught a 4 oz. perch.
Arlan Dobbs has been elected president of the Colfax Saddle Club. Vice-president is Clifford Foslid; secretary is Mrs. Arnold Solberg; treasurer is Mrs. Lyle Christianson; and historian is Gary Thorson.
A tractor fire at the Francis Schindler farm was the cause of a Colfax fire department run Friday afternoon.
Neighbors and friends of Mrs. Alba Strand are sponsoring a benefit card party at the Colfax Legion Hall Feb. 11. Mrs. Strand’s home suffered severe damage by fire a short time ago.
Deepwood Ski Area reports a packed base of 38 inches.
65 years ago
February 7, 1952
Northwestern Wisconsin’s junior skiers made the Wheeler ski jump a place of teeming activity on Sunday when 110 junior skiers from various cities and villages competed as the guests of the active Wheeler Junior Ski Club composed of 17 members.
Between 800 and 900 people saw the new Ford for 1952 at Lofthus Motors on Friday. More than 25 gallons of coffee were served.
Free coffee on Saturday and the awarding of a nice electric clock will climax the three-day showing of the New Monarch Ranges and Heaters Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Aspen’s Appliance Shop on Main Street.
Colfax is an eyelash away from winning the Middle Border basketball championship with their finest team in many long years. The Vikings are the only undefeated team with 7 wins and no losses. Next in line is River Falls, followed by Spring Valley.
100 years ago
February 9, 1917
The drug store business of Colfax, for many years owned and operated by Ole Noer, has been sold to the Noer Drug Company, with Victor R. Noer in charge on Feb. 1. The formal opening occurs Saturday, Feb. 10, when hot chocolate and wafers will be served.
One blizzard has followed another so many times recently that some of us have been lead to believe that the fellow who predicted an open winter must have been in the grip of a “pipe dream.”
The special movie show on the Life of Our Saviour, given at the Auditorium by G.A. Harsh last Friday evening, was an excellent production but failed to draw a full house, owing to the extreme weather.
Excursion rate round-trip to Texas only $43.00.