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Reader, now in Key West, recalls a much colder day in 1951
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To the Antigo Journal:

I enjoy the Antigo Daily Journal Jan. 13, 2015 article “Temperatures fall to record territory’’ with a record low reading for the month of January, is -39, set in 1982. Your article is interesting, but not exactly correct.

On Jan. 30, 1951, the Antigo temperature dipped to 43 below, for the all time record low. I remember the brisk morning vividly, as I was a morning paperboy, “walking the route’’ before school started, delivering the Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper in the Antigo city area, for John Wagner’s Sport Shop.

Today, we spend the winter in Key West, Fla., where the temperature is 120 degrees warmer than the 1951, 43 below Fahrenheit! Love and miss Antigo, at any temperature.

Paul Roehrig
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2014 was a good year here, we're looking to 2015 to be even better
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As a custom, the Antigo Daily Journal takes a look back at the year about to end and to express hopes for the soon-to-start 2015.

The editorial staff, all four members, have been working on year-end reviews of the news of the past year, and it provides a good look of what occurs on a day-by-day basis.

Perhaps the economy wasn’t moving ahead in gangbuster’s style, but there were important changes taking place that make things look positive for the year ending and it appears the activities will continue.

We’ll cover just two examples, one is a job fair held by Amron to secure new employees for a new production line to be added to its Antigo facilities.

Another is the ongoing construction at Sartori on Morse Street that will modernize and perhaps expand cheese production at the award-winning Antigo facility.

On a casual ride through the the industrial areas of the city, it is evident that parking lots are very busy locations. We can remember years when that wasn’t the case.

There are a number of factors that contribute to that situation including improvements and expansion of the Northcentral Technical College programs here and construc
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A community reflection on 2013, a pretty good year
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There is a strong superstition surrounding the number 13. 

Hotels don’t have a 13th floor, black cats are known to stalk on Friday the 13th and some even avoid major decisions on that day of the month.

But for Antigo and Langlade County, 2013 was a good year.

We have experienced a number of business gains and recent industrial news showing interest in our community and its residents.

They include:

— An announcement by Sartori that it has launched $14 million in capital improvements, a nice share of it at the Antigo cheese production facilities.

—The sale of an already strong and growing industry, Merit Gear, to Milwaukee’s Rexnord organization. Rexnord is a massive manufacturer expected to continue the growth that has been a Merit trademark.

— The continued growth of family-owned Volm Companies, a local firm that has scored amazing innovation and expansion over the decades. It is a centerpiece of commerce in the state of Wisconsin, doing business on an international platform in an amazing range of products from sophisticated robotics packaging machinery to bags for fruits, vegetables and more.

Truly impressive.


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Reflecting just 50 years back on Kennedy's death
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On this day a half century ago the world paused for the observance of President John Kennedy’s death.

It was a true tragedy which continues to be remembered and haunt Americans today, and likely into the future.

We are running the editorial the Journal published 50 years ago today on the front page of the Antigo Daily Journal:

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Profound shock, tinged with incredulity was the reaction of most Americans, together with millions of other people throughout the world to news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Words failed to express their grief and the sense of impaired security the startling news brought. With concern for their country’s future came a deep feeling of sympathy for members of the President’s family.

Not since the assassination of President McKinley, remembered only by the older people, has a would-be assassination of an American president succeeded, although there have been attempts on the lives of others who held the Nation’s highest office. Americans had come to feel that such crimes belonged to a past age, and that the security guard of the President was so efficient that an attack on him could not succeed. I
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Badgerland crowds will be welcomed addition to downtown this weekend
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We offer a hearty northwoods welcome to the 2,000-plus folks expected to visit downtown Antigo Sunday for the big Badgerland Classics and Customs Car Show.

The show will inaugurate the newly renovated Peaceful Valley festival grounds, but traffic and spectators will certainly spill throughout the community’s core.

While the revitalization of downtown remains a work in progress, we encourage the businesses who have committed to the heart of the community to put their best foot forward. There’s still time to get those windows washed, stoops swept, and debris picked up. And if your place looks good, spend a few minutes next door, at a neighboring building, enhancing its appearance as well. Only good things can result.

The city has certainly done its part, creating the park from what was once a blighted flood plain and, for Badgerland, even ordering a couple light pole banners specific to the show. They are hanging on Sixth Avenue between Superior and Field streets.

This Sunday’s show is only the first in what we hope will be a regular schedule of activities in the downtown core. We hope, eventually, for a return of Customer Appreciation Day to where it
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