SIXTY YEARS AGO—JUNE 1959
Spraying will commence on the Chetek Chain of Lakes for weed control this week. This spraying for weed control will be done in areas of the lakes where property owners contribute to cover the cost of such work. Barron County has allocated $100 for spraying in front of the County Park on Ten Mile Lake. … Roger Olson, 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Millard Olson, drowned at the city bathing beach while a large crowd of bathers and spectators watched the water ski show given as a part of the 10th District American Legion Conference celebration here. … Members of the June graduating class of the Barron County Teachers College have accepted teaching positions for the upcoming school year: Arden Berg, of New Auburn; Lois Mork, of Cameron; and Conrad Preston, of Weyerhaeuser.
FIFTY YEARS AGO—JUNE 1969
Robert Murtha, 16, received a citation from the Eau Claire Exchange Club for his quick thinking and ability to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in saving the life of his 8-year-old foster brother, Jack Plummer. … John Thalacker, who has been serving with the Army in Vietnam since last June, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He will be discharged from the service in July after completing his tour of overseas duty. … Mr. and Mrs. Orland Gustum were hostesses at a party for Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Berg, who were pleasantly surprised when 200 friends and relatives gathered at the Albert Berg home to help them celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
FORTY YEARS AGO—JUNE 1979
The town of Sioux Creek will observe a half-century as a township with a celebration on June 24, at the Sioux Creek Town Hall. … Entries for the July 4 Chicken Flying Contest in Chetek are coming in rapidly. Fifty-three chickens of various shapes and sizes have been entered. … Investigating officers from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department have ruled the deaths of five members of the John Norton family on June 15 as a multiple murder-suicide. John and his wife, Maxine, and children James, Dan and April were found dead at the family farm located 5.5 miles southwest of Chetek. … The Howard-Campbell-Ganske American Legion Auxiliary of Chetek entertained their Gold Star Mothers and Charter members at a supper on June 11 at the Legion clubhouse. Charter members are Gladys Nelson, Leona Steinke and Verna Knutson; Gold Star members are Mary Saniga and Esther Moore.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—JUNE 1984
Fire broke out at the Chetek Cooperative Inc. Feed Mill, completely destroying the facility on Railroad Avenue in Chetek. … Buzz and Dianne Colby have opened a new restaurant in conjunction with The Pub on Knapp Street in Chetek, across from the co-op gas station. Buzz is well known as a top chef in the Chetek area. … Eight-year-old Aaron Nichols, of Chetek, was the first-place winner in the Junior Beavers 4-H Club Dairy Cheese Logo Contest. … The Chetek Jaycees have built a playhouse at the city ballpark in Chetek. Working on the project were John Bredvick, Don Johnson, Lyle Johnson, Craig Newman, Donny Smith and Fred Langman.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—JUNE 1994
Richard Swieca was welcomed to the Chetek business community following the opening of his business, R & L Bait and Tackle, located at 221 Second St. … Gerald and Anna Madison will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 26, with an open house at the Civic Center in Sand Creek. … Kristy Rathbun, of Chetek, was elected superintendent of public instruction while a participant at the 51st annual Badger Girls State at UW-Madison. … Natalie Springer, of Chetek, received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the commencement held at UW-Eau Claire. She has accepted a full-time position with the Elk Mound School District. … Area students from the Chetek area who received degrees from UW-Stout include Gloria Ager, Jay Henry and Jason Nicolai.
TWENTY YEARS AGO—JUNE 1999
Kevin and Colleen Masters have opened a new dental office, located three miles north of Chetek on CTH M, just past the Sunset View Golf Course. … Oscar Skoug received a special plaque in recognition of his nine years of service as president of the Chetek School Board. … Mike Lenbom, 16-year-old son of Mark and Tammy Lenbom, of Chetek, took his first solo flight at the Chetek Municipal Airport on June 10. Instructors included Adam Banks and Tim Knutson. … Kendra Puig, Tracy Turauski, Christine Van Beek and Laura Antieau, Chetek Middle School students, participated in a seven-day basketball camp at UW-Eau Claire. They left camp with a first-place team ribbon. … Jerome and Veronica Raddenback, of Chetek, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 24.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—JUNE 2004
The new owners of Crimson Hue Resort were welcomed into the Chetek Chamber of Commerce. Jack and Krystal Sandahl purchased the resort from former owners Karen and Rick Carlson. … Knute Haugestuen celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at the Barron Memorial Medical Center nursing home in Barron. … Senior high jumper Mitch Westberg carried the weight of the entire Chetek Bulldogs boys’ track-and-field team on his shoulders at the Wisconsin State Track Meet in La Crosse, where he placed 10th. … Three members of the Chetek Bulldogs baseball team have been named to the Heart O’North all-conference baseball team. Josh Toufar and Dusty Schaaf were named to the second team; Tyler Florczak was recognized on the honorable mention team as a pitcher.
TEN YEARS AGO—JUNE 2009
The Chetek and Weyerhaeuser area school boards voted unanimously to approve a resolution to consider consolidation, making them one step closer to approving a merger between the two school districts. … Knute Haugestuen, formerly of Chetek, celebrated his 105th birthday with family at the Barron Memorial Nursing Home in Barron. … Christina Swangim competed in her third straight WIAA state track-and-field meet took 10th place in the long jump event. … The CHS boys’ 4x100-meter relay team of Kyle Hetke, Turner Olson, Jared Taft and Nick de Werd took seventh place at the state track meet. … Judy Kramer, who lives off 26th Street, has three badgers living in her yard. Natural Resources officials say they would likely move on in a few weeks.