Living history: WDC enrollment beats projections

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15 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 4, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• WDC enrollment beats projections

On Tuesday, 1,319 students went to school at Wadena-Deer Creek, about 24 more than what has been projected to begin this fall.

In May, 1,323 students were enrolled, but the district projected that enrollment would be 1,295 now.

WDC tracks births in the area and gives information to parents or preschoolers so they can make an informed choice. And with 256 students graduating in the next two classes combined, the district will have to try to keep kindergarten enrollment up.

One option WDC is considering is all-day kindergarten, Superintendent Jerry Enget said.

While Enget is pleased with the enrollment, he said fall enrollment doesn't mean that the number of students will be the same in the spring.

"Sometimes we may have people in the area who don't stay the whole year," Enget said.

Between the junior kindergarten and kindergarten WDC enrolled 119 new students.

On Tuesday, 704 high school students enrolled, up from 696 in May.

45 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 6, 1973 Pioneer Journal

• Twister damages five Homestead farms

While much of Wadena received only rains late Friday night, twisters roared through a portion of Homestead township early Friday night near New York Mills, uprooting trees, smashing buildings and destroying a large number of livestock.

There were no personal injuries reported, however.

Funnel sightings were reported to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office shortly after 7 p.m. Friday.

Persons at the scene reported damages to five farms.

Hardest hit was the farm of Lyle Petersen, 8.5 miles northeast of New York Mills where 13 head of young stock were reported destroyed and an undetermined number of pigs.

Half of the barn was destroyed along with several other smaller farm buildings. The chimney and shingles were blown off the house and a window was blown in. All of the trees in the farm grove were completely destroyed.

The twister struck at 7:35 p.m. when the clock stopped and electricity was out, it was reported.

80 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 8, 1938 Pioneer Journal

• Clarissa man named best buttermaker in Minnesota

With a score of 95.50, one of the highest butter scores ever to be recorded at the Minnesota State Fair, W. S. Clemmensen of Clarissa won first place in the butter contest last Wednesday.

Presentation of gold cups to butter and cheese champions will be made by Governor Benson today.

Paul Hansen of Grand Rapids placed second with 95.25; Al Johnson of Northwood, Iowa, took third with 95 and T. H. Folden of Blooming Prairie took fourth with 94.75.

The showing was declared by the judges in both divisions to reaffirm Minnesota's hold on the title of the "best dairy state in the union."

• Coast school picks Pioneer Journal for study in journalism

The Wadena Pioneer Journal has been named as one of the outstanding weekly newspapers in the United States which will be studied in the school of Journalism of the University of California in Los Angeles.

Word to this effect was received this week from Roy L. French, director of the school. He said the Pioneer Journal will be used in connection with special study of community newspapers.