Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr. 
5-15-74
Gustav Sell is lending his memory to the “I Remember When” column in this week’s paper. Sell is the retired Lincoln County Agrigultural Agent who came to Lincoln County in 1934. “When I came here they made me a Tripla A Emergency Agent,” meaning Sell dealt with Agriculture-Adjustment-Administration. It seems Lincoln County had an overabundance of little pigs and corn, and it was up to Sell to dispose of the excess and stabilize the market. By that spring Sell began his affiliation with the Lincoln County Fair as the county board voted to wash their hands of it and refused to lend any further financial support. The local 4-H organizations became involved and Sell was named the manager of the fair, a position he held until 1974. Sell recalled one time a “Carny” operator showed up and refused to unpack his show because the 4-H was running the fair. The next year the man was back with his show and very eager to participate after he had heard of the great success of the 4-H Fair. Sell was also instrumental in the new zoning laws which were introduced in 1934, assisting in taking back thousands of acres of lands which had been stripped of its timber and then abandonded. The first re-plant of trees took place on State Rd. 17 near Pine Lake when Norway Pine were planted. A second planting was organized by County Clerk Ken Oldenburg who directed planting south west of Gleason. Sell is enjoying his retirement and lives on 3rd Street with his daughter. 
The Merrill City Council passed what is known as the “relative” law which forbids more then two members from one family being employed by the same department. The law only effects future hires and does not effect summer help. Alderman Walter Proft voted against the ordiance which Police Chief Charles Johnson said would affect two of the four people already on the department’s eligibility list. In other law enforcement news, 34 new law officers graduated on May 3 from the North Central Technical Institute’s six-week police program. Those include Patrolman Dan Caylor from the Merrill Police Department and Deputy Richard Pickett of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. 
An exciting evening was recently held at St. Francis Hall where Mrs. Mary Lou Williamson of the Ball Canning and Freezing Company of Muncie, Indiana held a presentation for local homemakers. Mrs Williamson stressed not to use new methods such as using a microwave oven for canning or going to old methods such as using a conventional oven. Unless of course you want to be hit by flying glass, said Williamson. She also stressed that you stagger your planting. Having 70 quarts of beans all maturing at the same time will make a memorable and long day for you! 
5-16-84
School news fills this week’s paper: Evelyn Broecker advised her piano students earned superior ratings at the state solo and ensemble competition in Stevens Point recently. They included Sean Nugent, Dave Hinz, Debbie Natzke, Lori Sukow, and Tanya Rice. Also at UW Stevens Point,
Doug Bonke was honored as an outstanding high school chemistry student and Brenda Wangen, daughter of Ralph and Susan Wangen of Merrill, will attend a one-week summer workshop at the UW after receiving the MAPS 7th grade recycling scholarship. The program focuses students on careers in natural resources. 
From the entertainment page: Kid’s Korner Pizza is celebrating their fourth anniversary with discount coupons in the paper and giveaways in the store. The Auto Stop in the sixth ward has Slush Puppies with six flavors. They are the only place in town to serve them! Pat’s Pizza at 201 E. 2nd St. introduces Iona Fleischman as their new cook. And Harry’s Drive-In is open for the season and this year will feature old fashion frozen custard. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (explain to anyone under fifteen what a Harry’s twist cone is!)
Three Merrill youth bowling teams took high honors in the VFW Bowling Tournament. Local post 1638 sponsored 17 local teams. Merrill junior bowlers claimed first and third place awards in the Bantam division which had 114 teams competing statewide. Bowlers pictured include: Tammy Graap, Arnnette Kraetsch, Jody Sherfinski, Tim Scharbius, Shawn Schultz, Stacy Leyk, Mike Rathke, Chad Teschner, Todd Hahn, Denny English, Jeff Muschinski, Jason Jankowsky, Kyle Schmidt, Becky Dietzler, and Kim Burrow. 
5-18-94
A salute to area law enforcement can be found on page two as the nation marks National Law Enforcement Officer Week. Chief Charles Johnson is pictured at the top of this page with his entire department standing outside of the newly remodeled east wing of city hall where the police station is now located. Sheriff Harvey Woodward and several of his deputies and civilian staff are also pictured outside of the safety building. Busy schedules prevented the Tomahawk Police Department from gathering for a photo; they are led by Chief John DuPlayee. Also on the page is a memoriam to Captain Elmer Krueger of the Merrill Police Department and Patrolman Carl O. Nystrom of the Tomahawk Police Department who were both killed in the line of duty while serving their respective departments. 
This Saturday is celebrity carry out day at Drew’s Supermarkets. Merrill area celebrities will be carrying out your groceries from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drew’s will donate 5% of the day’s sales to the MARC Fund. 
Eddie’s Bake Shop reminds you to get your graduation cake orders in early. Ed and Sharon’s reminds you to order your chicken for graduation early. Diamond Dave’s is offering their back room for graduation parties; it can hold up to 45 people.