Bill Wolston, local historian and reporter for INSIGHT 7's "90 Seconds of Local History" segment, passed away on January 25, 2015, at age 88. Town Square Television and NDC4 Cable Commission wish to extend our deepest condolences to Bill's family and friends at the loss of an exceptional man, who was a true Dakota County treasure.
Bill brought local history to life on Town Square Television for 15 years, producing more than 200 local history segments for our news magazine INSIGHT 7. These segments were also packaged together into their own 18-episode show, Looking Back at Local History. He was the president of the Dakota County Historical Society's board of directors for over two decades, and for several years, he put out two quarterly newsletters: Society Happenings, for the Dakota County Historical Society, and the Little Historian for its Mendota Heights-West St. Paul chapter. Bill instigated partnerships that led to many important community history projects, including the South St. Paul Stockyards Documentary, and the coverage of Dakota County Fair Chatauqua productions. In 2010 DCHS and TST partnered to host a Tribute event honoring Bill. You can watch the video from the tribute event here.
Bill's memorial services will be held on February 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Unity Unitarian Church, 733 Portland Avenue, St. Paul.
His past local history stories can be viewed online here and on Town Square Television's channels. A box set of the show, Looking Back at Local History, is also available by clicking here, and also at the Dakota County Historical Society's Lawshe Memorial Museum in South St. Paul, and LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings.