5 years ago — 2014

With growth of nearly 5 percent, Altoona is the third-fastest-growing city in Wisconsin from 2010 to 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

10 years ago — 2009

Built in 1956, the Birch Street bridge in Eau Claire is scheduled to close soon.

20 years ago — 1999

Eau Claire is left out of state Department of Transportation plans for passenger rail service.

35 years ago — 1984

President Ronald Reagan says he doesn’t have plans to take military action in the Persian Gulf, although he pledges to keep the gulf open for oil tankers.