100 YEARS AGO: One of the notable addresses at the dinner of the Chamber of Commerce and Land Clearing Association last night was that of Chairman Ralph Skidmore. He told in a most striking manner the interesting story of land clearing, the essential part it plays in a nation’s life and the compensation that flows from the task well done. He spoke as follows: “Land clearing is not a dramatic activity. It, therefore, does not appeal to the imagination of many people. You will find no classics in literature painting the thrills of land clearing; the joy of heaving a mammoth white pine stump out of old mother earth is not a thing in either story or song. The poets also, I am sorry to say, have completely overlooked the meter and cadences of straining stump puller cables and peace-time explosives.” 

50 YEARS AGO: The Menominee City Council plagued with complaints and criticism on its failure to come to the rescue of a financially distressed bus transportation line, voted Monday night to meet with the owners to explore the prospect of arranging some assistance. Aldermen accepted the legal opinion of City Attorney Kenneth O. Doyle and placed it on file but they refused to completely ignore the transportation company. The council moved to summon the owners of the bus line to an executive session Wednesday night at 7 and to reconvene in a public meeting at 8 to make a decision on whether to provide $5,000 ($34,627.13 in 2018) to the bus company. It has been proposed that the cities of Menominee and Marinette each provide $5,000 annually to the bus company for a three-year period. Doyle, in an opinion given to Mayor John W. Reindl, maintained it would be illegal for the City of Menominee to participate in the subsidizing. 

25 YEARS AGO: Teenagers tend to be trendsetters. However, a lack of teens seems to be setting a new trend — a shortage of teenage employees — in the Green Bay-Fox Valley and eastern Upper Peninsula areas. In a few years, this could rub off on the Marinette-Menominee areas. “If there is not a shortage in Marinette (and Menominee) area now, it is likely to expect one in a few years,” according to Brian Bargender, labor market analyst with the Workforce Policy and Information Bureau in Green Bay, which is a part of Job Service. Currently, in Green Bay, it is very unusual to find employers offering minimum wage, Bargender said. “Now it’s very difficult to find people to come in at $4.25 ($7.27 in 2018). If they do, many leave when they find out what they can (earn) elsewhere.” Bargender attributed the recent trend to a decline in youth population. Employers typically affected by a shortage of teen workers, according to Bargender, are fast food restaurants, retail and service industries, like amusement and recreation.

FIVE YEARS AGO: Tempers flared at a meeting of the Twin County Airport Commission Tuesday evening, once again about an appointment from Menominee County. Interim Chairman Don Pazynski, a Marinette representative, and Charlie Meintz, chairman of the Menominee County Board, got into a heated argument about the recent appointment of Joseph Ciochetto as Menominee’s at-large airport commissioner. Meintz wanted the item referring to verifying Ciochetto’s appointment removed from the agenda, saying the TCAC had no authority to question the appointment. He said he had spoken with Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hass and that any problems Marinette County representatives might have needed to be directed to Hass in writing. Pazynski said he was not aware of that requirement. He agreed with Meintz that “no county has a right to arbitrarily dictate to another county” who it appoints, but said there were questions about Ciochetto’s work as a flight instructor that needed to be resolved.