The University of Wisconsin-Stout has been a valued member of the Menomonie community since its establishment in 1891. The founder, James Huff Stout, was a lumber industrialist for Knapp, Stout & Co., residing in Menomonie for the last 20 years of his life. Today the name Stout is readily associated with the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The University is well known for its hands-on learning programs in business, technology, education, human development, art, and design. What started out as a trade school is now a notable Wisconsin state school that enhances and supports the Menomonie community with creativity and diversity.