Lynch, Larry; Russel, John M. (ed.) / Where the wild rice grows : a sesquicentennial portrait of Menomonie, 1846-1996
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Wuconsin Signal, a weekly described in the 1925 History of Dunn County as "another populist paper issued weekly." In the following year it was sold to the Signal Publishing Co., a firm made up of about 100 Dunn County farmers. For the next two years it was edited by Leona Windsor, followed by a Miss Anderson. Its business manager was Jeremiah Burnham Tainter, a brother of Captain Andrew Tainter. He held that post until November 1898, after which the Signal appears to have just faded away. For eight months, from October 1903 until May 1904, Thomas Dreer published a weekly designed for juveniles called the Menomonie Badger Another local publisher, H. W Rintelman, issued the quarterly Facts and Figures for the Wisconsin Anti-Saloon League. Henry Coleman was the editor. The "quarterly" was issued for only four quarters from April 1900 to April 1901. Another paper edited by a doctor was published in 1888, the Dunn County Herald a temperance newspaper with a very short life. Dr. Kate Kelsey, the first woman physician to practice in Menomonie, and E A. Vasey shared editorial duties. Throughout the 1930s and into the early 1950s the Dunn County News published the Daily Shopper, a four-page tabloid-sized paper. In later years called the Menomonie Shopper, it was published on Mondays and Fridays. Each issue included current news but it was primarily a shopper's guide packed with local business advertisements. It was distributed free of charge to all residences in Menomonie and, in later years, beyond the city limits. In 1996 the Shopper was revived as a weekly. It had competition from a mimeographed publication the Daily Reminde, owned and edited by Hugh McGowan. This was strictly a shopper's guide without news items. Now called the Dunn County Reminder it continues as a weekly publication distributed free to residences throughout the county. In 1987 Philip Diser began publishing the Visitor's Guide to Menomonie and the Red Cedar Valley four times a year. That same year, in June, Steve Lampman, owner of Boothby Print Shop, began publishing a monthly tabloid called the Lamp Lighter. After five entertaining issues featuring stories on local points of interest and profiles of residents, organizations, and activities, it ceased publication with the October/November issue.
Copyright © 1996 by Lawrence D. Lynch, Dwight Agnew, the city of Menomonie, Wisconsin