5 years ago — 2013 Bill Whiteside of Eau Claire reflects on international ice fishing tournaments in which he’s represented the United States. 10 years ago — 2008 Much of the 44 inches of snow Chippewa Valley residents have moved during the winter ends up piled on street corners, creating a hazard for drivers. 20 years ago — 1998 Federal Aviation Administration officials warn of airline chaos when their computers hit the year 2000. 35 years ago — 1983 The
5 years ago — 2013 Boyceville musician Madilyn Bailey will perform at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood as one of 10 finalists in Guitar Center’s “Singer-Songwriter” competition. 10 years ago — 2008 A large audience opposing a new jail to be built adjacent to the courthouse does not deter County Board members from approving a $25 million bond in a 17-10 vote. 20 years ago — 1998 Thousands gather in an Afghanistan football stadium to watch the Taliban cut off
5 years ago — 2013 Pep Simek of Medford, who co-founded Tombstone Pizza, dies at the age of 86. 10 years ago — 2008 Barack Obama and John McClain sweep to victories in the February Wisconsin presidential primary. 20 years ago — 1998 About 36,000 pounds of milk spills after a truck rolls over north of Jim Falls. 35 years ago — 1983 A Pepsi-Cola bottling plant in Eau Claire announces it will be expanding and doubling its output.
5 years ago — 2013 A Chippewa Falls location of Planned Parenthood, 24 Sunshine Circle, will close soon. 10 years ago — 2008 GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee speaks to an estimated 600 to 700 people at UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center. 20 years ago — 1998 Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray dies four days after suffering a heart attack. 35 years ago — 1983 A judge temporarily puts a halt to a rule that makes clinics inform patients’ parents if their
5 years ago — 2013 Snowmobile racers Afton and Lawson Sterry of Pepin, brothers of the ages 8 and 6, respectively, are featured in Midwest Wheels of Thunder Magazine. 10 years ago — 2008 The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is in the final stages of preparing a plan to bring phosphorus levels in Tainter Lake down to federal standards. 20 years ago — 1998 Poor snow and weather conditions will shorten the Birkebeiner cross-country ski race from 52 to 25 kilometers.
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 UW-Eau Claire names five finalists for its chancellor position — James Schmidt, Kent Neely, Anne Huot, Kathryn Cruz-Uribe and Pam Benoit. 10 years ago — 2008 Preliminary 2009 Eau Claire city budget projections call for a $1.77 million shortfall. 20 years ago — 1998 Fire breaks out in the sauna of an Eau Claire hotel, and 75 people are evacuated. 35 years ago — 1983 To improve their appearance, Eau Claire’s Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
5 years ago — 2013 UW-Stout graduate Melissa “Missy” Isaksson has a swimsuit she designed featured in Sports Illustrated. 10 years ago — 2008 The Highway 27 bridge over the Eau Claire River north of Augusta will be dismantled after a new two-lane structure being built to the east of the existing bridge is completed. 20 years ago — 1998 U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl says he supports attacking Iraq if it refuses to cooperate with U.N. inspectors. 35 years ago —
5 years ago — 2013 The late Betty Rogstad, a former Longfellow Elementary teacher, leaves a combined $825,000 to 10 local nonprofits and her college alma mater, UW-La Crosse. 10 years ago — 2008 Ripon College officials say they will give students who promise not to bring a car to campus for a year a Trek 820 mountain bike, helmet and lock — a $400 value. 20 years ago — 1998 A Barstow Street building housing an adult bookstore will be converted to upscale apartments.
5 years ago — 2013 Eau Claire native Kate Pankoke competes in the 11th season of the Lifetime television program “Project Runway.” 10 years ago — 2008 City of Eau Claire voters will decide in an April referendum whether to extend council members’ terms from two to three years. 20 years ago — 1998 Eau Claire will build a new Short Street bridge over the Chippewa River. 35 years ago — 1983 A baby girl is born in Green Bay with her heart on the