10 YEARS AGO TODAY

February 22, 2011

A winter storm that blew through the upper Midwest, including the Antigo and Langlade County area, over the Presidents Day weekend coated roads with ice and snow and led airlines to cancel hundreds of flights. Schools in Antigo, Elcho, White Lake and throughout the area were closed today because of bad road conditions.

The Antigo Common Council has two key meetings scheduled Tuesday, focusing on municipal parking lots and the hotter topic, of the long-debated construction of sidewalks along 10th Avenue.

Antigo wrestler Jake Tatro is headed to the State Meet, after an exciting second place finish at Saturday’s sectional. A late escape gave Tatro a 5-4 win against Hudson’s Koyla Hawksford, moving him on to Madison.

25 YEARS AGO TODAY

February 22, 1996

Mike Houle piloted his Ski-Doo to a North American Snowmobile title Sunday afternoon, capping one of the most successful winter race cards in the history of Antigo. Houle said he enjoys racing at Antigo because the crew does a good job on the event and building track.

As part of the race weekend, a huge crowd was on hand Saturday evening as the Langlade County Snowmobile Council crowned its queen for the 1996-1997 season. Jamie Ballenger, a 17-year-old junior at Antigo High School, was crowned by Cristy Wick, the 1995 queen.

Elcho’s Berry Chapman took sixth place in last weekend’s WIAA Division Three Wrestling Meet.

50 YEARS AGO TODAY

February 22, 1971

A proposed flood plain zoning ordinance for the city of Antigo comes under heavy attack at a public hearing on the grounds that the ordinance is not tailored to meet the needs of the city as claimed by the Department of Natural Resources.

Two Elcho residents, Dennis Kelly and Hazel Knuth, receive minor injuries in an automobile collision in Elcho.

A newly formed advisory board at North Central Vocational and Technical Institute in Antigo recommends class expansion.

McKenna’s Distributing wraps up the 1970-71 Antigo City Basketball League championship by swamping Hunter’s, 130-76. Steve Fermanich scores 44 points for McKenna’s.

75 YEARS AGO TODAY

February 22, 1946

An unnamed teacher writes a letter to the editor of the Antigo Daily Journal today discussing the school strike at Elcho, which ended with the principal agreeing to leave the district at the end of the current term. The teacher raps an editorial in the Green Bay Press Gazette and at the same time takes a swipe at parents who fail to discipline their youngsters. The teacher calls the students involved in the strike “wild-notioned children.”

Langlade County Girl Scout leaders are starting to prepare for the summer camping season which is only three months away. Local leaders started their first day camp a year ago and it was such a success that it will be done again this summer with new confidence and vigor. The cost to the scouts has been held to 50 cents per day, which covers a meal, milk and craft items.

Two local people will be among those honored at the navy commissioning exercises and mid-winter commencement at Marquette University. John Friedl will be commissioned as a navy ensign and will leave Feb. 28 on a three-month cruise. Frances Hermann will receive a degree in business administration on March 4.

Students at the Langlade County Normal School are preparing to do their cadet teaching in a week. The young teachers are well supervised during their entry into the field.

Firemen made two runs during the weekend, one to the Harvey Guile place on Clermont Street for a roof fire and to the Walter Shadick home on Freiburger where a chimney was blazing.

Henry Berner, who with his wife is spending the winter in California, writes a tribute in today’s Journal for their longtime friend, Leonard Freiburger, Sr., who died recently. He calls Freiburger a kind and noble pioneer of the Antigo area.