5 years ago — 2013

A fire at Double Day’s Bar & Grill in Eau Claire originates in the kitchen ventilation system and spreads into the attic, causing an estimated $20,000 in damage.

10 years ago — 2008

Dennis Beety, a member of the Menomonie Police Department for nearly 39 years, including the past 26 years as police chief, will retire in mid-January.

20 years ago — 1998

Gene Ringhand retires as Leader-Telegram editor; he began at the newspaper as a part-time sportswriter in 1957.

35 years ago — 1983

The increase of the drinking age to 19 is selected as Wisconsin’s top story of 1983.