5 years ago — 2013 John Kotar, 73, of Eau Claire prepares to compete in his 40th American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race. 10 years ago — 2008 Barack Obama speaks before a standing-room-only crowd during a presidential campaign rally at UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena. 20 years ago — 1998 The Eau Claire school board votes to extend an all-day kindergarten pilot program at two schools. 35 years ago — 1983 Gov. Anthony Earl creates a council to address gay
5 years ago — 2013 Bluegrass/folk rockers Trampled By Turtles sell out the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. 10 years ago — 2008 Gov. Jim Doyle seeks answers after a snowstorm blocks the westbound lanes of I-39/90, backing up traffic for 19 miles. 20 years ago — 1998 A 15-year-old boy is hospitalized after tearing up a local Dairy Queen. 35 years ago — 1983 Gov. Anthony Earl calls for $1 billion in new taxes and $500 million in budget cuts.
5 years ago — 2013 Houston end and former Badger J.J. Watt earns 49 of 50 votes in being named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. 10 years ago — 2008 About 275 people from across the state attend the Wisconsin Farmers Union convention in Eau Claire. 20 years ago — 1998 A Hayward landmark, the Hayward Inn, is destroyed by fire. 35 years ago — 1983 To generate revenue, Gov. Anthony Earl considers a tax criminals would pay per crime.
5 years ago — 2013 The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters names UW-Eau Claire English professor Max Garland as the state’s 2013-2014 poet laureate. 10 years ago — 2008 Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee win the Iowa caucuses. 20 years ago — 1998 Eau Claire’s 44-degree high temperature breaks the old record of 42 set in 1916. 35 years ago — 1983 Anthony Earl is sworn in as the state’s 40th governor.