For those of us in the Chippewa Valley, this spelling is the “right” one – or at least the one we’re most familiar with. As with the other spellings, the Dunn County city’s name comes from the name the Ojibwe gave to their neighbors, who lived in a large territory in what is now Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, early European settles spelled “our” Menomonie with an “ie” to avoid confusion with other Wisconsin locales.
If there’s an “official” spelling of the word, this is probably it. It’s the name of a Native American tribe and that tribe’s reservation; the name of a Wisconsin county contiguous with the reservation; as well as the name of a river and a city in Michigan. The Menominee were among the people French explorer Jean Nicolet encountered when he came ashore at Green Bay in 1634. (Of course, he thought they were Chinese.)
If you’re from the Milwaukee area, chances are this is how you spell it. This spelling applies to the river that flows into the state’s largest city (and ultimately Lake Michigan via the Milwaukee River); to the Menomonee Valley, an industrial neighborhood in Milwaukee; and to the nearby suburb of Menomonee Falls.
This is the original Ojibwe word for the tribe, which in the Ojibwe’s language means “wild rice people,” a reference to the other tribe’s staple food. However, as is often the case when it comes to tribal names, this is not what the Menominee call themselves: In their own language, they are “Mamaceqtaw,” or simply “The People.”
The hard-to-spell (and to pronounce) name lends itself pretty easily to a pun, and a few years back the folks at Me-No-Monie Street Pawn & Loan grabbed it. (Get it: “Me No Money?” Of course you did!) The pawn shop is located, naturally, on Menomonie Street in Eau Claire.
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The City of Eau Claire is looking for your opinions on The Confluence Project through their E2C2 online forum system (Eau Claire Electronic Conversation = "E2C2"). Right now they've collected over 110 responses – and your neighbors are posting some pretty thoughtful responses.
After you register as a user (and you should, as the city has been doing some great stuff with the forum), the Confluence Project forum is nice and simple, asking only three questions: Are you in favor of the Confluence Project? If you wish, please add an explanation.Do you have any concerns with the project?
They system also allows you to see what parts of the city are responding and how the answers are stacking up.
Take a few minutes to weigh in on
The Confluence Project:
Go to www.EauClaireWI.gov/E2C2, and under the What do you think about the "Confluence Project"? question, click "Go to the topic"
Comments made by registered participants can be reviewed under the General Public section. City officials plan to incorporate E2C2 comments into their decision-making process.
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