100 YEARS AGO: The new truck for the city of Menominee street department will be officially presented to the city at the next meeting of the city council. At the meeting the truck was run up before the city offices for inspection. This is a two-ton truck, painted gray and has a hydraulic hoist, used in rumping waste material. The truck was made at the Menominee Motor truck company and is one of the finest trucks ever turned out by the factory.

50 YEARS AGO: Fish Net and Twine Co. asked the Menominee City Council Monday night for action which would permit a major expansion of the firm’s manufacturing facilities at 601 14th Ave. Murray Grabowsky, president of the Fish Net and Twine revealed that his firm hopes to erect a 740 by 60-foot building to the immediate rear of the present structure. He asked that the city vacate a portion of the alley between 13th and 14th streets to provide sufficient room for the expansion. Grabowsky’s letter stated that the company plans to purchase the John Wormwood home at 605 14th Ave. The house would be razed to provide a site for a parking lot. Mayor John Reindl informed aldermen that the proposed plant expansion will involve construction of a non-conforming building in a residential section. He described the project as a very large expansion involving a new product and new employment. Grabowsky expressed assurances that the new building would “in no way detract from the area.” His letter declared that there would be no disturbances from the new machinery to be installed. The mayor noted that, because the location involved does not conform with present zoning, a public hearing will be necessary. Only one objector was present on a proposal to amend the zoning ordinance affecting the east side of 10th St. from 47th to 48th avenues.

25 YEARS AGO: A mother of a teen-age son says gang activity must be stymied in the Twin Cities before it gets out of control, but law enforcement officials believe that recent violent episodes are the result of a few delinquent teens. The Marinette woman said her son is involved in a gang. She said there are at least two gangs in the area that she is aware of and many parents may not even realize such problems exist. “Most parents don’t even know their kids are involved,” she said. “People are not taking it seriously, but they had better start.” Lt. Jeff Skorik of the Marinette Police Department said the authorities take the problem of teen violence seriously, adding that the word “gang” is too harsh of a word for what is happening here. “We have had in the last several weeks an increase in violent crimes involving juveniles,” Skorik said. “What you have are groups of kids who have hung together for a long time. We’re aware that some juveniles are telling other juveniles that they are gang-affiliated.” Skorik said a parent definitely should be concerned if a child says he or she is in a gang. He said there are professionals in the area, such as counselors, who are experts in this type of behavior. There have been three recent incidents of teen violence in Marinette, including a serious stabbing and an attack with a chain. The woman says the episodes are definitely gang-related. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Anthony Pieper’s spectacular Wausaukee High School basketball career began in an old gym that has since been torn down. His legacy will last forever. Pieper is a 2013 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee. He will be among 12 players to be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 5 at Chula Vista Resort. More than 20 years after Pieper led the Rangers to the 1993 Division 4 state championship, he remains at the top as Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer with 3,391 career points. Pieper started every game in his high school career. As a freshman, he averaged 18.6 points per game. He averaged 28.8 ppg as a sophomore for a Ranger team that advanced to the state semifinals. He scored 41.2 ppg as a junior and 39.9 ppg as a senior. Pieper holds the state’s single-season scoring record with 1,063 points as a senior. Pieper was born into a basketball family. His father, Gene, was a longtime coach at Wausaukee and later in Florida, where he has retired. His mother, Susan, also coached. Older brother Phil scored more than 1,000 points at Wausaukee and played at UW-Oshkosh. Older sister Anne also scored more than 1,000 points at Wausaukee and played at UW-Milwaukee.Together, the three siblings combined for more than 6,400 points in high school.