100 YEARS AGO: Marinette and Menominee are likely to act in uniformity in regulating conditions to ward off further spread of influenza, if a suggestion made by Marinette authorities is to be carried out. Dr. Fred Colter, acting health officer of Marinette, conferred this morning by long distance with Dr. C. A. Harper, of Madison state health commissioner. Following this came the suggestion that some uniformity be adopted in the twin city regulation, and Colter is to meet with Dr. Walter Hicks, Menominee health commissioner, to discuss the needs of the community. 

50 YEARS AGO: Two from Marinette, Ed Strom and Andy LaBarbera, have entries in the 27th Northeastern Wisconsin Art annual exhibit at Neville Public Museum in Green Bay. Strom, a retired lumber grader, is exhibiting an oil painting entitled “Breakwater and Fisherman’s Canal,” a scene from early Twin City lore of the former Red Arrow Park Area. Included are views of the shantytown, the old lumber mill number two and the icehouse of those days. LaBarbera, an art instructor at Marinette High School is showing two pieces of jewelry he fashioned, including a silver and agate pendant which he has entitled “His or Hers” and a gold bracelet entitled “Charmed.”

25 YEARS AGO: After spending nine months in the former Soviet Union teaching English, Paul and Amy Cassity had the complete Russian experience and learned a few lessons of their own. The Cassitys returned to the U.S. in September after teaching in Moscow from January through May. Although they thought it was a good experience, the couple came back a little disillusioned about the life in the Soviet Union and more aware of the gaping differences that exists between the two countries. The educational system is just one example. The teachers there are not as supportive of students as in the U.S., Amy said. They often pick out the “best’ kids for special treatment and won’t try to help the others. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: The country’s Affordable Care Act opened a window Oct. 1 for people without health insurance and those who would see changes to their Medicaid eligibility to sign up for new coverage in state marketplace exchanges. Its unveiling was certainly less than smooth — to say the least. Adding to the confusion people already had with enrollment, what information was needed to enter the system, and what plan they would eventually choose — the national website was a technical disaster. Health care providers, such as Bay Area Medical Center and Aurora Health Care, and service organizations, such as the county health departments and other non-profit agencies, started well before October planning for the sign-up needs of people in this community.