5 years ago — 2013 Jesse James takes the helm as Altoona’s public safety director. 10 years ago — 2008 Units within 70 miles of Eau Claire will contribute 940 soldiers of the 3,500 being called up statewide for the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team being deployed to the Mideast. 20 years ago — 1998 Dunn County officials are moving into the new $12 million Judicial Center. 35 years ago — 1983 A suicide bombing at the U.S. Marine compound in Beirut kills at
5 years ago — 2013 The Chippewa Falls Park Board is named as the beneficiary of a $3 million trust, which will give the board about $150,000 each year to spend on capital projects and acquiring new zoo animals. 10 years ago — 2008 Eau Claire’s projected 2009 transit budget show expenses outpacing revenues by $1.23 million. 20 years ago — 1998 The Eau Claire Plan Commission OKs the construction of a state office building on the former Soo Line property east of Dewey
5 years ago — 2013 Fans, musicians reflect on weekend performances at UW-Eau Claire by Volcano Choir, a band that includes Eau Claire native Justin Vernon and other Wisconsin natives. 10 years ago — 2008 The Chippewa Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau is requesting the city’s room tax be boosted from 7 to 8 percent. 20 years ago — 1998 U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, D-Wausau, is the only member of the state’s congressional delegation to vote for a $520 billion
5 years ago — 2013 UW-Stout student Ryan Enzler takes first place in the student Thermoforming Division of a Society of Plastics Engineers national competition with his Heal Guard, a pivoting plastic shield that fits under a patient’s foot, heel and lower leg to help prevent infections. 10 years ago — 2008 The Eau Claire City Council could consider a per-property snowplow charge as an alternative to program and job cutbacks in an effort to balance the 2009 city budget. 20
5 years ago — 2013 Menomonie native Jason Church, an Army first lieutenant who lost both legs in an explosion in Afghanistan, earns the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association Inspiration Award. 10 years ago — 2008 A recent survey indicates an office vacancy rate of 16.4 percent in downtown Eau Claire. 20 years ago — 1998 The Eau Claire school board ponders pursuing a $9 million technology referendum. 35 years ago — 1983 A fire destroys the chalet at Mount
5 years ago — 2013 Seventeen candidates from across the U.S. apply to lead the Eau Claire Police Department following Chief Jerry Matysik’s retirement. 10 years ago — 2008 A town of Washington family calls authorities after a bear breaks into a livestock pen and attacks two llamas, which escape; a warden arrives and fatally shoots the bear. 20 years ago — 1998 Northern States Power Co. will bring back the promotional character Reddy Kilowatt. 35 years ago —
5 years ago — 2013 Local businesses are split on whether they are in favor of a proposal to increase the speed limit to 70 mph on Wisconsin’s interstates. 10 years ago — 2008 The proposed 2009 Eau Claire city budget includes $31,300 to add five water outlets at Lakeview and Forest Hill cemeteries to make it easier for visitors to water flowers at gravesites. 20 years ago — 1998 The Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce wants to sell its building at 811 N. Bridge St.
5 years ago — 2013 Colorado-based Newco buys Telemark Resort in Cable with a $926,000 bid during a sheriff’s sale. 10 years ago — 2008 After 14 years on the bench, Chippewa County Judge Tom Sazama will retire the following month. 20 years ago — 1998 A candlelight vigil at UW-Eau Claire is in memory of a gay Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and later died. 35 years ago — 1983 The army of Grenada says it has seized power in a coup.
5 years ago — 2013 Chippewa Falls-based Leinenkugel Brewing Co. earns two medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver — a gold for its Canoe Paddler and a silver for its Creamy Dark. 10 years ago — 2008 A Holcombe man is accused of capturing 19 wild deer and holding them in pens on a 60-acre farm in Chippewa County. 20 years ago — 1998 Trees from Endeavor in Marquette County will be used at the White House during the holiday season. 35 years ago —
5 years ago — 2013 Local agricultural agent Randy Knapp is inducted into the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Hall of Fame. 10 years ago — 2008 Eau Claire native Pat Reiter, a high-performance boat racer, dies while testing a racing boat on the Patuxent River near where it meets Chesapeake Bay on the Atlantic Coast. 20 years ago — 1998 The Eau Claire City Council votes to repeal the residency requirement for employees who work for the city. 35 years ago