5 years ago — 2013 Acclaimed trumpet player Randy Brecker performs with a UW-Eau Claire student jazz combo in Phillips Recital Hall. 10 years ago — 2008 The Eleva-Strum boys basketball team wins the WIAA Division 4 state title 62-58 over Suring. 20 years ago — 1998 A storm dumps as much as a foot of snow on parts of Wisconsin. 35 years ago — 1983 The state rejects a plan to remodel UW-Eau Claire’s McPhee Center.
5 years ago — 2013 Hugo Chavez, longtime president of Venezuela, dies after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. 10 years ago — 2008 Eau Claire North, Eau Claire Regis and Eleva-Strum advance to state in boys basketball. 20 years ago — 1998 Minnesota’s state Senate refuses funding for St. Paul’s $130 million hockey arena project. 35 years ago — 1983 Rapidly melting snow causes area rivers to rise above flood stage.