1950
  • Grand and Orpheum theaters close and move to the new State Theater.

  • Sanna Dairies develops a cocoa mix under the brand name Swiss Miss for an airline.


1951


  • Dunn County Historical Society incorporated as a nonprofit organization.


1955


  • Stout Institute becomes Stout State College.


1957


  • Devastating tornado rips the area just north of the city, leaving more than two dozen dead and hundreds of homes and barns destroyed or damaged.

  • Last class graduates from the Dunn County Normal School and the building becomes part of Stout State College.

  • Doors to Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy, the "Aggie," close for the last time in June.


1958


  • Menomonie Theater Guild organized; produces three one-act plays.


1959


  • New Dunn County Courthouse constructed.

  • Mabel Tainter Memorial Preservation Association formed to restore the memorial building, largely abandoned except for the reading room, since the Depression. Between 1961-87, more than 4150,000 is raised and spent on restoration.




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