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PJ file photo Librarian Elroy Podratz and Bonnie Ealy demonstrate a computer at the elementary school library in this photo from the Jan. 27, 1985 Pioneer Journal.

Gas fell below $2 five years ago

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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 25, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• First time in 2 years: gas under $2

This week, area drivers turned from the gas pump to cast their eyes on a sight they haven't witnessed in nearly two years - the number "1" leading the price of gas. Wadena gas prices descended to less than $2 per gallon for the first time since May 2005, according to industry officials.

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• Column: From no TV to loads of TV in no time

Some of my favorite shows were "Arrested Development," "The Simpsons" and "24."

After Curt had been taping shows for me for a while, I discovered Netflix. I was able to find practically any movie I wanted and it showed up in the mail.

My favorite new show this year is a toss up between "Ugly Betty" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." They're both very entertaining. "Grey's Anatomy" is another favorite of mine. Also, I'm excited about the new season of "24" that recently started up and for "Lost" to start up again.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 31, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Sams discusses budget crunch

Many residents expressed their concerns on budget issues with Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, Jan. 24 at The Uptown in Wadena.

Sams is a strong supporter of education, health care and agriculture, which are the target of Gov. Jesse Ventura's budget plan for 2002-2003 and 2004-2005 fiscal years.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 27, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena Elementary honored as a 'School of Excellence'

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Wadena elementary school will take the lime light in a program saluting the staff and students. It was recently announced that Wadena was chosen as one of four elementary schools in the state as "A School of Excellence" and will be awarded that honor on Feb. 3.

• The age of computers

The age of computers has been implemented in many areas of the elementary, from classroom and administration and now most recently, to the library. Library Elroy Podratz said that once the new system is completely operational, the computer will log all book check outs and returns, utilizing a beam scanner similar to the type used in many stores.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 27, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• From Interpose: The Forgotten G.I.

I remember the unemployment lines waiting for the Viet Nam vet, I remember the protests, the war trials, the disgust felt by the people of American and the world for the war in Viet Nam. You think I'm kidding? Look in your history books, folks. Every war resulted in some special treatment of its men, every war was fought by the country as one body. Every citizen felt pride for the men in combat, and that was for every war except one - Viet Nam.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 31, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Way cleared for converting Fair Oaks Sanatorium into rest home for aged

Fair Oaks Lodge sanatorium will be operating as a rest home for the aged in about three months as the result of a joint meeting of the Todd and Wadena county commissioners at the sanatorium last Saturday.

The buildings occupy a 40 acre tract of ground just east of the city limits and will afford an opportunity for some of the more active patients to engage in gardening or other pursuits which meets their fancy. Many of these men have been farmers and still feel the urge to engage in some activity rather than go completely onto the retired list. The history of rest homes elsewhere has shown that many are eager to avail themselves of such an opportunity and it is the purpose of the management to make such provisions as are practical and desirable. The old saying that "it is better to wear out than rust out" is no longer a theory and will prove a boon to ambitious oldsters. The case loads of the welfare departments in both counties show a greater proportion of women than men and provision will be made for all those who wish to follow some active pursuit within the limits that can be provided by the management.

The new home is the cause of much gratification by all those concerned with the welfare of the aged. It is fully modern, cozy and comfortable beyond the conveniences heretofore afforded, and fire proof with the exception of the roof. It will undoubtedly rank with the best in the state, if not the nation, and anticipated economies are calculated to cut some costs which heretofore could not be avoided.

• Great northern passenger trains on K-line grind to halt

Service to Wadena, which started in 1891, was culminated Saturday when Great Northern discontinued passenger and mail service on the line. Permission to abandon service was granted by the State Warehouse Commission.

From the files of the Pioneer Journal, it is learned that the first step that eventually resulted in gaining for Wadena the extension of the Great Northern from Eagle Bend to Park Rapids, was taken June 8, 1883.

The original Wadena Park Rapids Railroad company was dissolved and the formal transfer of the road to the Great Northern was made in August 1891.

With the termination of passenger and mail service on the line Saturday, it does not affect freight shipments, states agent A.W. Weywrauch, and on the freight a baggage car is carried for hauling express shipments.

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