5 years ago — 2013

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, dies at the age of 95.

10 years ago — 2008

The rising cost of rice and a dwindling budget have caused a shortage at the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association’s food pantry.

20 years ago — 1998

Menomonie school district voters overwhelmingly pass an $8.9 million referendum to upgrade the high school.

35 years ago — 1983

Eau Claire school district students eat their lunches off of foam trays with plastic utensils to hold down labor costs.