100 YEARS AGO: The Rev. George W. White of this city has suggested several changes in names, townships and area of Wisconsin counties in order that illustrious Badger citizens may be given the honor he considers due to them. Included in his proposed changes is a new county carved from Marinette County to be known as “Stephenson County” with Pembine as the seat. His comment on it as follows: Stephenson — New county from Marinette, area twenty-one townships, capital, Pembine; in honor of the eminent pioneer lumberman, state legislator and United States Senator, Isaac Stephenson. 

50 YEARS AGO: The Marinette County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday (Feb. 18) to transfer $50,000 from the general fund to the Marinette General Hospital fund to facilitate a proposed construction program which will cost an estimated $1,400,000. The allocation of $50,000 will permit the board of trustees at the hospital to authorize Gjelsteen and Seaborg Architects of Menominee to prepare plans and specifications and advertise for bids. It was noted during the meeting that the bids for the project must be opened by June 30 if the county is to take advantage of $100,000 in federal Hill-Burton funds which are available.  

25 YEARS AGO: It’s been more than 80 years since Marinette County had a candidate for the U.S. Senate. That streak was broken today (Feb. 17) as State Treasurer Cathy “Cate” Zeuske, a Peshtigo resident, made her announcement during a six-city, two-day tour through the state. She was in Madison, Milwaukee and Green Bay today. She will appear in Wausau, Eau Claire and La Crosse Friday. Zeuske, 35, is the third Republican to enter the Senate race. She joins State Rep. Robert T. Walsh, R-Redgranite and La Crosse lawyer Thomas Fitzpatrick. Matt Gunderson, a sports marketing specialist from Osseo, he has said he will enter the race next month. Zeuske, a Shawano native, is only the second Marinette County resident to seek a U.S. Senate seat. In 1907 Isaac Stephenson, also a republican, was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John C. Spooner. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Now that Marinette County has been awarded a $124,502 grant from the state, its Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee is moving forward to develop Drug Court and Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) programs. The first big step will take place next Tuesday when the County Board of Supervisors votes on a recommendation to hire a TAD coordinator. “It (the recommendation) has gone through the Health and Human Services (HHS) and Personnel committees,” County Administrator Ellen Sorensen said Friday. “I don’t see any problems with it (being approved by the county board).” Robin Elsner, HHS director and a member of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee which met Friday, said he has the paperwork ready to start advertising and posting the position. The position request form in Tuesday’s county board packet says the TAD coordinator is to be paid between $40,120 and $60,180 and be funded by the state grant. Elsner said because the grant was less than half of what the county sought, he has had to make adjustments to the budgets for the programs to help fight the area’s escalating heroin and other opiate problems.