Our Past | 1931: County agents help area orchardists to hone their skills

According to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture website, extension service was inspired from the agricultural clubs and societies that were part of the make-up of rural America in the 1800s.
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Our Past | Community gets ready for chili and oyster stew in 1986

Last year around this time I also submitted a history column about a past chili and oyster stew feed and mentioned that the event was held for over 50 years. It was discontinued several years ago with new traditions, like the school carnival, taking its place as volunteer fundraising efforts. This article comes from the Feb. 6, 1986 edition of the Waterville Empire Press.
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Our Past | Meat market owner praised for buying locally in 1923

This article from the Feb. 1, 1923 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press celebrates the return of the meat market in town to an owner who bought locally.
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Our Past | 1941 Badger Mountain ski hill accidents are addressed quickly

According to the book "Beginnings," the Badger Mountain Ski Club was started in 1939. Here is an article from the Jan. 23, 1941 edition of the Empire Press which talks about first aid given in several accidents the weekend before.
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Our Past | Mires Service Center opens for business in Jan. of 1978

This article, published in the Jan. 19, 1978 edition of the Waterville Empire Press, documents the opening of the Mires Service Center, which was the original use of the building where Bainbridge Manufacturing is now located.
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Our Past: Paper collection drive is an important Boy Scout fundraiser

Here is a collection of local news items from the Jan. 18, 1944 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press.
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Our Past | Douglas Co. PUD manager Lieberg plans his retirement

Jim Davis, who recently retired as Douglas County PUD District 3 commissioner, mentioned the 40-year renewal of the operating license for Wells Dam as being an important accomplishment made by the PUD during his term of service. In the article “PUD manager Fred Lieberg to retire,” published in the Jan. 9, 1986 edition of the Waterville Empire Press, retiring manager Fred Lieberg talks about the upcoming need for renewal as being a concern.
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Our Past: Benefit helps the needy of the Depression Era

As the following article, printed in the Dec. 25, 1930 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press testifies, Douglas County residents were active in helping the needy of the county during the Great Depression.
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Our Past: Over 40 years of home economics answers

The following article from the Dec. 21, 1972 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press gives advice about packing baked goods to send through the mail.
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Our Past: News of Pearl Harbor changes wedding plans

The following article, published in the Dec. 11, 1941 edition of the Waterville Empire-Press, describes how a call to duty after Pearl Harbor altered wedding plans for a Waterville couple.
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