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Influenza Pandemic Halts Big Celebration in 1918

By: Alex Sekora, Contributor

In 1918, the village of Denmark had many reasons to celebrate. They had recently completed paving Main Street downtown with concrete. Residents completed a large service flag commemorating all of the 85 men who entered the service during World War I. The village also led all of the towns in Brown County in securing their entire allotment of Liberty bond subscriptions to support the war effort.

Wisconsin Public Service Constructs Electrical Line to Denmark

By: Alex Sekora, The Denmark News Contributor

In the early 1900s, as electricity was becoming more popular, there was a desire to bring electricity to the village of Denmark. In 1916, Wisconsin Public Service negotiated contracts to bring electricity to Two Rivers and Denmark. Negotiations took several months, but they resulted in a comprehensive plan to bring electricity all the way to Two Rivers.

Christ Lutheran Builds New Church, Relocates to Village

By: Alex Sekora, The Denmark News Contributor

By the 1950s, Christ Lutheran Church was outgrowing its current building. Growth in the congregation and the area sparked the need for a larger church building.

Lake to Lake expansion challenging, but provides huge impact to Denmark

By: Alex Sekora

In 1960, Lake to Lake Dairy was running into issues operating their Denmark plant. The Denmark plant was originally constructed in 1911 for the Denmark Condensed Milk Company, and after a series of acquisitions, it was purchased by Lake to Lake in 1949.

Rectory Serves All Saints for Nearly a Century

By: Alex Sekora, Local Contributor

The early priests at All Saints lived in an apartment at 319 Green Bay Road, referred to as the Nooker Flat. In 1924, All Saints contracted with Berners-Schober Architects in Green Bay to build a new rectory for the church.

Calvary Church found new use as VFW Hall

By: Alex Sekora

For many decades, Trinity Lutheran Church was the main church in the Denmark area. Located outside of town across the street from West Danish Cemetery on Maribel Road, this left the village of Denmark without a Lutheran church. Around the time Denmark incorporated as a village, residents started to express a desire for a new Lutheran church in the village.

Denmark State Bank Purchased New Burglar-Proof Safe

By: Alex Sekora

In 1910, Denmark State Bank undertook a major upgrade to increase the safety of deposits by purchasing a burglar alarm. The new alarm was purchased from the American Bank Protection company of Minneapolis.

George Enz was first rural Mail Carrier

By: Alex Sekora

In the early days of Denmark, residents had to pick up their mail at the post office. The Postal Service began experimenting with a service called Rural Free Delivery, in which they would deliver mail directly to rural households for free, in the 1890s. Over time, this became the standard.

History of spring break

By: Chris C. Nelson, Publisher

Mid-March can bring just about anything weather wise. We find ourselves celebrating warmer spring-like temperatures, basking in the summer-like sun on Monday and then pulling out the snow boots the next day, as we brace ourselves for a bone-chilling blast of winter-like weather.

Milprint closure creates huge void

By: Alex Sekora

In 2006, a huge blow was dealt to the Denmark community. Milprint, the second largest employer in the village, closed its manufacturing facility, laying off all 124 employees.

Riots nearly break out after first failed incorporation vote

By: Alex Sekora

The village of Denmark was incorporated in 1915. However, that was not the first push to incorporate. The first push came three years earlier in 1912.

Interstate 43 Construction Was Controversial

By: Alex Sekora

Milprint brought jobs, new facility to Denmark

By: Alex Sekora

In the 1980s, Milprint Inc. was expanding, and they were searching for a new production facility. At the time, they leased four floors in the Nicolet Paper Company facility in De Pere, but they needed a dedicated space of their own. After an extensive search, Milprint decided to stay in the area and construct a brand new facility in the new business park at the corner of Woodrow Street and North Avenue in Denmark.

Ice storm over a century ago leaves village without power for days

By: Alex Sekora

Many in the Denmark area were taken by surprise recently when the village was left without power due to a fire at the substation near Shirley. However, this isn’t the first time that the entire village was without power.

New Highway 141 surface dramatically increased safety

By: Alex Sekora

In the 1930s and 1940s, Highway 141 between Denmark and Bellevue was a risky stretch of road. In the early days of automobiles and paved roads, the roads were not built to the same standards that they are today. This stretch of highway was built with concrete and included low shoulders. If any cars came close to the side of the road, then they risked skidding on the edge of the road where there was a drop off due to the low shoulder.

Fuel spill by railroad tracks nearly caused disaster

By: Alex Sekora

On April 3, 1962, a disaster was very narrowly avoided in downtown Denmark. On that morning, it was discovered that nearly 1,000 gallons of gasoline had spilled near the Chicago and Northwestern’s railroad tracks at the Denmark Cooperative Services.

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