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THE HISTORY OF MENOMONIE

The years 1822, 1830, 1846, 1853, 1893, and 1901 are all of historical significance and importance in the early history of Menomonie. In 1822, Harding Perkins, representing James H. Lockwood and Joseph Rolette, erected a lumber mill at the confluence of Wilson Creek and the Red Cedar - former site of the Wisconsin Milling Company. A sudden overflowing of the river swept away the dam and mill.
In 1830, after a lengthy disagreement over the authority of the Indian agent to grant permissions, Lockwood and Rolette again set up lumbering operations on the site after receiving permission from the federal government. This first permanent settlement on the site of the City of Menomonie preceded the settlements of Madison, (1837), St. Paul (1838), Hudson (1841), and Eau Claire (1845).

Capt. William Wilson and John H. Knapp purchased the milling operation in 1846. Captain Wilson, his wife and family established residence in the area the same year.
In 1853, Andrew Tainter and Henry L. Stout acquired interest in the company and a corporation was formed known as Knapp, Stout & Company. In 1873, Knapp, Stout & Company had grown from a mill producing 100,000 feet of lumber in 1830 to the greatest lumber corporation in the world turning out 5,706,602 feet of lumber. The company owned 115,000 acres of pine land and employed 1,200 men. One of the area's most famous landmarks, the Mabel Tainter Memorial Building, was built in 1890.From these early beginnings, Menomonie has continued to grow and develop around the shores of beautiful Lake Menomin.

 

MENOMONIE FACTS

Menomonie TownMenomonie is designated as a third class municipality. It has a mayor, eleven member city council and planning commission. The corporate city limits is comprised of 8,960 acres of which some 4,700 acres of the corporate limits are undeveloped, 325 in parks. Menomonie is located on manmade Lake Menomin and its 14,055 residents enjoy the recreational advantages of the great Wisconsin outdoors. It boasts many fine community oriented civic, religious and social organizations who continue to help make Menomonie a better place to live for all people.

AGRICULTURE Menomonie is located in Dunn County, one of Wisconsin's top dairy counties. About 11.3% of the work force in Dunn County is employed by agriculture.
AMBULANCE SERVICE
Full-time ambulance service operates on 911 service.
AIRPORTS
Score Field - Menomonie Airport is owned and operated by the City of Menomonie. Located on the east edge of the city it is integral with the industrial park. Its east-west runway is 4,900'x 75'and north-south runway is 3,470' x 60', both of asphalt. There is also one 3,470' x 60' asphalt runway located 12 miles northwest of the city in Boyceville. Commercial and charter services are available in Eau Claire at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (25 miles east) and at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (55 miles west). Eau Claire can also handle private prop and jet planes.
BUS SERVICE
Greyhound bus service operates out of Menomonie daily and services all parts of the nation.
CHURCHES
Twenty-two churches represent most of the major denominations.
CLINICS
Served by Red Cedar Clinic/Mayo Health Systems, a full service medical clinic with 20 physicians specializing in family practice, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, psychology and occupational medicine, plus full lab and x-ray facilities and support personnel.
EDUCATION
From kindergarten to the university, the city has seven public schools and four parochial schools, a public Middle and Senior High School and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The highly diversified Chippewa Valley Technical College is part of an 11 -county vocational district that offers district residents nearly 60 full-time career training programs. A family learning center and university owned nursery school also hold full-time programs for youngsters.
ELECTRIC POWER
Electric power is supplied by Xcel Energy in the city of Menomonie. Dunn Electric Cooperative supplies the power to the area surrounding Menomonie.
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Ten banks and credit unions (Bremer Bank, Citizens State Bank, F & M State Bank, First Bank & Trust, Firstar, M & I Bank, Mutual Savings Bank, Red Cedar Bank, S & C Bank and WESTconsin Credit Union) serve the city of Menomonie and the surrounding area.
FIRE PROTECTION
20 full-time regular firefighters and 20 part-time volunteers ... three pumpers, a snorkel aerial ladder truck and a rescue boat, rescue truck, and two tankers comprise the available equipment. Two brush buggies for rural fires are available. A modern firehouse also offers the latest communications for service to the Dunn County area. The insurance rating for Menomonie is class four.
GAS POWER
Natural gas for both domestic and industrial purposes is provided by Xcel Energy. Other types of bottle & LP gas are available in the area.
HIGHWAYS
Menomonie is served by Interstate 1-94, state highways 25 and 29, and US Highway 12.
HOSPITAL
Mrytle Werth Hospital/Mayo Health Systems, a private, not-for-profit acute care hospital provides medical service for the City of Menomonie. The 63 bed facility located at 2321 Stout Road, Hwy 29 & 12 East, contains 24-hour emergency room, medical/surgical wings, obstetrics dept. and intensive coronary care unit.
LIBRARY
Menomonie Public Library serves city and county residents, providing books, periodicals, reference service, and audiovisual items, Programming for pre-scholars through adults is also offered. Library service is also provided by UW-Stout and the public school system.
MOTOR TRUCK LINES
There are 20 truck lines that serve Menomonie, 3 terminals are located in Menomonie, providing overnight service to the entire upper Midwest. United Parcel Service and Federal Express service daily to and from Menomonie.
NEWSPAPER
The Dunn County News, a twice weekly paper, serves the city and the county. The Dunn County Shopper and Reminder are "shoppers" that serve all of the Dunn County area. Eau Claire and Twin Cities papers also cover Menomonie area news events.
PHYSIOGRAPHY
The city occupies more than 13 square miles and is 805 feet above sea level. Menomonie has an average mean temperature of 44 and an annual precipitation of 30 inches.
POPULATION
The population of the city was 14,715 as of the 2000 census. Dunn County's population is 38,937.
POLICE
The police department consists of 26 full-time sworn policemen, 14 supporting, 24 hour service, 9 squad cars and has combined communications with the county to maintain a modern police network.
ELECTRONIC MEDIA
10,000 watt News/Talk WMEQ 880 AM covers all of Dunn County and much of Western Wisconsin. WMEQ Rock 92.1 FM watts plays classic rock and carries Green Bay Packer broadcasts. WVSS FM is the college radio station and WHWC Wisconsin Public Television Channel 28 is the local PBS outlet. Charter Communications provides cable service in Menomonie. Either cable or a home television antenna will supply you with NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX or PBS programming from Minneapolis/St. Paul, La Crosse, or Eau Claire.
RAILROADS
Union Pacific (UP) services the Menomonie area. Reciprocal switching is available. 25 miles of mainline switching. No passenger service is presently available. Canadian National (CN) also services Dunn County.
RED CEDAR STATE TRAIL
This 14.5 mile trail, constructed on an old railroad bed, provides outdoor recreation, serving the hiker, biker, walker or, in the winter months, the cross-country skier. The trail follows the Red Cedar River and is beautiful any season of the year. More than 40,000 visitors arrive yearly to use the trail.
RETAILING
More than 200 retailers in three retail sales areas.
SANITATION
Menomonie's municipal sewage plant has a capacity of 2,800,000 gallons per day. Peak demand of treatment is 1,770,000 gallons per day. Menomonie has a sanitary landfill site and both commercial and residential pickup is handled by private haulers.
SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Some of the service organizations serving the area are: American Red Cross, American Legion, Beta Sigma Phi, DAV, Dunn County Historical Society, Jaycees, Kiwanis, League of Women Voters, Lions Club, Menomonie Theater Guild, Moose Lodge, Optimist Club, Rotary, Woman's Club and many other church and social/fraternal clubs.
STOCK CAR RACING
Stock car racing is held every Friday night at the Dunn County Rec Park at 7:30 p.m. Races begin the first Friday in May and end the last Friday in August.
STOUT TECHNOLOGY PARK
A controlled aesthetic business setting for high technology manufacturing and service industries. Park tenants enjoy access to a diverse pool of technical advisers and workers.
TELEPHONES
The city is served by Ameritech and 24/7 Telcom.
THEATERS
There are two movie theaters with 12 indoor movie screens. There are two live performance theaters: the Mable Tainter Memorial and at UW-Stout.
TRANSPORTATION
There is a Door Stop Bus operated for handicapped and aged and taxi services with two cars.
ZONING All industrial and commercial plans must be approved by the Plan Commission and the City Council. Municipalities and townships of Menomonie areas are covered by zoning ordinances. Zoning ordinances, building codes, assessments, licensing and inspections are handled by the City of Menomonie offices.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
17 dentists, 25 attorneys, 11 chiropractors, 5 optometrists, 12 veterinarians, 10 accountants, 2 architectural firms, 2 funeral directors, and 2 ophthalmologists serve the area


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