5 years ago — 2013

John Gustafson‘s product — the THOR Quick-Tach adapter, which is used in farming, construction and landscaping to allow a loader to use different attachments — wins The Idea Challenge, an Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp. program.

10 years ago — 2008

A group of Menomonie residents and the West Wisconsin Land Trust hope to raise $44,500 to buy nearly 28 acres in the town of Menomonie along the Red Cedar River that would become Keil’s Birch Creek Nature Preserve.

20 years ago — 1998

A rural Boyceville woman sues a Menomonie fast-food restaurant, claiming she found a condom in a chicken sandwich.

35 years ago — 1983

Helen Sandvig, who served as personal secretary to five Eau Claire police chiefs, retires after 33 years.