Op-Ed


 

 

  25 YEARS AGO August 21, 1997 Whitehall’s attempts to raise money for its new “family aquatic center” got a major shot in the arm this week. Mayor Keith Johnson announced Monday that Ashley Furniture Industries made a gift of $50,000 to the new city facility, which is to replace the existing...

 

 

  25 YEARS AGO Aug. 14, 1997 Despite their protests that they didn’t want one, members of the Whitehall district board of education will be getting a raise. District residents attending Thursday’s annual meeting voted to raise the annual salaries paid to board members by five percent. Board members...

 

 

  25 YEARS AGO Aug. 7, 1997 Andrew Sargeant, 18, of Arcadia died when his vehicle went into a ditch on Lewis Valley Road about a mile and a half west of Hwy. 93 in the town of Arcadia on Saturday. Sargeant’s vehicle, which was eastbound on the town road, struck a concrete bridge support and...

 

 

  25 YEARS AGO July 31, 1997 For its 1997 Citizen of the Year Award, the Whitehall Lions Club chose an area native who has been active in service to the community for a long time and continues to be. Odell Schansberg was presented with the group’s award during the annual District Governor’s Night...

 

 

  25 YEARS AGO July 24, 1997 The Trempealeau County Board of Supervisors is being asked to consider building a county airport. The proposal came in a letter to county board chairman John Killian from William Koslo, an Arcadia attorney. The letter cited the growth of manufacturing and business in...
When did local sports become more about those perched in the stands than the kids wearing the jerseys? They haven’t. But at a recent summer baseball game, I watched parents berate an umpire over his strike zone before later taunting calls they didn’t like, eventually escalating to screaming and...

 

 

  25 YEARS AGO July 17, 1997 Attorneys for an Independence teenager charged with killing his mother’s boyfriend have succeeded in getting the youth’s bond reduced. The bond was reduced from $50,000 to $25,000, but friends and neighbors trying to raise money to free Ryan Bogdonovich haven’t been...

 

 

  25 YEARS AGO July 10, 1997 A new swimming pool for the city of Whitehall moved a step closer to reality last week when a special committee approved plans for the new facility and authorized the advertising of bids. The city council, meeting last week as a special pool committee, unanimously...
I was a bit surprised and mildly disappointed at the response to the June 15 poll question asking if readers have been following the hearings held by the Jan. 6 Committee.  There has been a lot of complaining about “fake news” and witch-hunts, especially regarding what happened at the nation’s...

 

 

  25 YEARS AGO July 3, 1997 The Jackson/Trempealeau Counties Crime Stoppers organization is asking for help with solving the theft of a gun from a Whitehall store. Sometime between June 11 and June 16, a Ruger P85 nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol was removed from behind a counter at Holtan’s...

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