Today in Stout History

Emilie Rosin-

In early March of 1980, a local park was donated to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Homestead Park, located on the eastern side of Dunn County, was originally going to go to Dunn County, but Richard Hoffman, a former Stout professor, wanted to see the park built. After the county denied the donation twice, the DNR came forward, asking if Hoffman would be willing to donate the land to them instead. Finally, Richard Hoffman donated Homestead Park to the DNR, where it would be turned into a lovely recreation and wildlife area. If the DNR had not taken the land, a housing development would have been built there instead. It wasn’t until much later that the name was changed to Hoffman Hills.