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5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 8, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Sirens rang after rotation

Heavy rain and ominous clouds rumbled across Wadena Monday afternoon, prompting law enforcement to activate emergency sirens.


At about 3:55 p.m., Wadena Police Chief Bruce Uselman activated the emergency sirens after seeing slight rotation in a cloud.

• Feral cats on the prowl

Some people feed them, others drop them off on a lonely road. Some aren't quite so humane to them. They're a problem now, most people acknowledge, and they're multiplying.

Feral cats are roaming the streets of Wadena, and could number in the hundreds, one expert estimated.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 14, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Editorial: Not even for a million bucks

Now, everyone that knows me knows that I am a real fan of "Survivor," both the original and the Outback version. After all, it was the first big bite of reality on prime time television. The original.

Anyway, this new one caught our eye. It was called "Fear Factor" -- simple name, simple concept. It could just as easily have been called "How Stupid Are You?"

• Asfeld earns state track title

Wadena-Deer Creek junior Adam Asfeld fulfilled one of his dreams last Saturday at the Minnesota State Track and Field Championship. Asfeld won the Class A 1,600 meter run by almost two and one-half seconds in 4:20.97, breaking the school record by more than three and one-half seconds.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 10, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• The day Wadena Mezzanatto came to Wadena

Wadena Mae Mezzanatto, from Vista, California, visited Wadena, Minn. last week for the first time in her life. Fifty-four years ago, when she was born, her parents saw the town of Wadena on a map, and decided to name their daughter after the town.

A question often asked her, "why would they name a daughter Wadena?" Wadena Mae's answer is simple, "My dad's name is Wade." Logical then? Of course!

The red carpets were put down and Mayor Bruce Nelson presented Wadena Mae with a proclamation, declaring June 4 as Wadena Mae Mezzanatto Day.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 10, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Sebeka girl named 1971 Wadena County Dairy Princess

Miss Arlene Putikka, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lauri Putikka of rural Sebeka was crowned 1971 Wadena County Dairy Princess at the climax of the Sebeka June Dairy Days Celebration Saturday evening.

• Ward completes nearly 48 years at Bluffton P.O.

Lawrence Ward turned the key in the lock at the Bluffton post office door May 31, 1971, after completing nearly 48 years of service in that community, retiring as postmaster.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 14, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Bertha soldiers return from Korean war zone Friday

In a story which was related in a rhythm of "Stranger than Fiction" is told by two Bertha soldiers who returned home Friday, June 8 from the Korean battle zone. The two men, Cpl. Lyle Thompson, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thompson, 8 miles southwest of Bertha, and Sgt. Edward Wolfgram of south of Bertha.

It is barely short of amazing the story the two men relate of their experiences, how they went to Korea at the same time, unbeknownst to each other. They fought practically side-by-side for 10 months, and yet did not meet until they were on the high seas, three days out of Japan on their way home on rotation leave.

• Small crowd greets Senator Humphrey at auditorium

While there is some difference of opinion as to the merits of the speech delivered by Senator Hubert Humphrey at the Memorial Auditorium last Friday evening, his bearers are in general agreement that considerably less than 200 took the trouble to turn out to hear Minnesota's spellbinder tell of his work in Washington the past 2 1/2 years.