100 YEARS AGO: The lumber strike is over. Five hundred men employed at the J.W. Wells Lumber Company and the Wells-Thompson Lumber Company, Menominee, returned to work this morning following a satisfactory agreement reached yesterday afternoon a meeting of the workers and a committee of the city council, composed of Mayor M. J. Doyle and Alderman Quimby. The meeting was held at the Danish hall in that city. Under the terms of  agreement, the men will be granted an increase of fifty cents a day — twenty-five cents now and an additional twenty-five cents Feb. 1. The meeting yesterday is the outgrowth of attempt on the part of the Menominee city council to settle the walkout in a satisfactory and honorable manner to both sides. Several days after the strike was called and seeing there was no sign of settlement in view, Mayor Doyle called an open meeting of the workers of both mills.

50 YEARS AGO: The Michigan State Highway Department, in a letter to the Menominee City Council, indicated that two lanes will remain open when the improvement project on the Interstate Bridge is started in the spring. The department’s plan was given to the Menominee council Monday night. Two lanes will be left open while two lanes of the heavily traveled bridge will be resurfaced, according to state plans. The Wisconsin and Michigan highway departments are working together on this joint project. City Attorney Kenneth O. Doyle, in response to a question raised by Alderman Harold Johnson of the sixth ward, suggested that anyone having evidence of person being in violation of the city trailer ordinance furnish the city attorney with that evidence for further action.  

25 YEARS AGO: The good news is most Marinette residents are complying with mandatory recycling laws and trying to educate themselves about the process. The bad news is city crews are working like mad in an attempt to keep up with the large amount of recyclable materials. In an effort to alleviate that problem, the Board of Public Works Monday gave the Superintendent of Public Works Mike Mullen permission to seek bids on a new recycling truck. The city’s current truck, which was delivered this fall, cost just under $80,000. “The volume of recyclables is considerably higher than we even anticipated,” Mayor Robert Schacht said. “The regular garbage and trash is noticeably lower.” He said the city has been looking at obtaining another garbage truck, but the real need is in a recycling truck. Mullen and his crew are currently utilizing the recycling truck and trailer to try and cover half of the city in one week. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: After months of arguments, accusations, resignations and missing representatives, the Twin County Airport Commission had a chance Tuesday to start the new year with a new perspective and a full complement of members. Going into the second hour of nonstop tie votes for the chairmanship of the commission, it was obvious that a very rocky relationship still exists between Marinette and Menominee counties. The commissioners voted 50 times with two candidates on the ballot. Twenty-five times, the Menominee representatives — Charlie Meintz, Joe Ciochetto and newly appointed airport commissioner Larry Schei, would voted for Schei, while the Marinette representatives voted against him. Then it would flip, and the Marinette representatives — Interim Chairman Don Pazynski, Ted Sauve and Ron Holmes — would vote for Pazynski and the Menominee contingent would vote against him.