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Downtown Neighbors: Celebrating 2013


Celebrating 2013
Written for Dunn County News  March 9, 2014

More than 40 people gathered at The Abbey Pub & Grub on Main Street to join in Main Street of Menomonie’s annual meeting on Feb. 27. Sponsored by The Abbey and Legacy Chocolates, the meeting celebrated successes and awards for 2013 and announced goals and upcoming events for 2014.

Board President Lauren Evans of Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company, led the meeting along with myself and Kristi Krimpelbein of UW-Stout, 2013 board president. As always, following the introduction of board members, several deserving individuals were recognized with special awards. (more…)

Downtown Neighbors: The Flame Sports Bar

Sparking The Flame

Written for Dunn County News January 15, 2014

Twenty-five years of owning a small business is something worth celebrating. That’s certainly the case for The Flame Sports Bar.

Owner Ron Fox came to Menomonie as a University of Wisconsin-Stout men’s basketball team recruit in 1974. As a proud member of the Blue Devil’s ‘74-’75 championship team, he still follows the team today — noting that current head coach, Ed Andrist, was a student assistant coach when Fox played.

As a UW-Stout student, Fox also worked as a bartender at The Flame in downtown Menomonie. After college, he worked at a few different businesses around Menomonie, but still kept in touch with the owner of The Flame. When the bar was available for sale in 1989, Fox, along with three other partners, purchased the bar. (more…)

Attention Photographers!

Here at Main Street we’re already thinking about 2015!! Plans are in the works to make a calendar to sell (would make a terrific Christmas gift!) including pictures of DOWNTOWN MENOMONIE! We are looking for pictures from all seasons, all times of day, any events or scenes that make you think of Downtown Menomonie!

  • Photographers would be credited within the calendar if your photo is chosen
  • Photos must be taken by yourself and include a release for us to use them.  If you know the date of photo taken that would be great, but not necessary.
  • Historical photos also accepted (if high enough resolution)
  • Electronic photographs must be a minimum of 300 resolution and 8″ x 10″ size or larger to ensure high quality print reproduction.  If you are unable to provide the electronic photograph with those specifications, simply send an original photo and we will create the electronic file in the resolution needed.
  • Photos should be submitted by March 15, 2014 to be considered.
  • Money raised from the sell of calendars will go to Main Street of Menomonie, Inc a non-profit organization
  • Please submit any photos to Main Street of Menomonie at

Thank you for your submissions! We look forward to seeing Downtown Menomonie, WI captured through your lens!

Downtown Neighbors: Triangle Art & Antiques

Every Piece has a Story

Written for Dunn County news December 11, 2013

Shaped like a triangle, the building at the intersection of Crescent and Main Streets has long played a role in Menomonie’s historic downtown. During most of the 20th century, 335 Main St. was home to a monument company whose headstones still dot local cemeteries. Today the building continues its service to the preservation of memories, as the home of Triangle Art & Antiques.

Operated by Joan Navarre and Nancy Moen, the circa 1906 brick building provides an intimate and inviting space for modern day treasure seekers. (more…)

Grant received for holiday decorations

Main Street of Menomonie Inc.
For Immediate Release
Downtown Menomonie holiday decorations include some updates this year thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Dunn County.  Main Street of Menomonie was able to purchase 60 new bows with the $3,000 grant, to replace some of the worn ones that take a real beating from the temperatures and weather every year.
“Every year the Menomonie Street Department careful hangs over 120 wreaths on the historic lighting in the downtown area and many compliments are received on how beautiful they look,” said Joanie Dulin, Executive Director of Main Street of Menomonie, “This year I think they will appreciate them a little more, thanks to the Community Foundation!”

Prepare for WinterDaze

Press Release
Main Street of Menomonie Inc.

For immediate release

Get out your hand warmers, snow pants, and boots and spend a magical evening in Downtown Menomonie on Thursday, December 12th as Main Street Menomonie, Inc.  is excited to present the 10th Annual WinterDaze parade.  It may be cold outside but Main Street promises a grand celebration. (more…)

Downtown Neighbors: 400 Main Street

Talk of the Town

Written for Dunn County News November 13, 2013

It is the buzz of the town: “What is happening to the old Milavitz Eye Clinic?” With a location so visible at one of the busiest intersections in Menomonie, the renovations at 400 Main Street are the talk of the town.

Last December Bob and Heidi Grundvig crossed a goal off their list when they purchased a historic building in downtown Menomonie and began work on renovating it. The community began to take notice when the façade of the store front was torn off in late September. Plans are to replace the old 1970s-style façade with historically accurate large pane windows. (more…)

Downtown Neighbors – Card Sharks

Childhood Dreams on Main Street

Written for Dunn County News October 16, 2013

A boyhood dream came true on Main Street this summer.
Levi Nelson, a Menomonie native, is living his dreams of owning a small business incorporated with his love of trading cards.
Card Sharks, a sports trading cards store is located at 313 Main Street, a former radio station.  Together with co-owner Patrick Gale, Levi opened the shop on June 22nd.   (more…)

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