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5 years ago

Excerpts from the July 6, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Kids wait for a chance to wade in Wadena Pool

A kiddie wading pool could be operational later this summer after years of fund-raising to bring the pool back up to state code.

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The pool closed about four years ago because it did not meet state health standards, such as having no recirculation system.

• 'Hero' laid to rest

To the U.S. Army, he was a corporal in the 101st Airborne. To his grandma, he was a "good kid." To some mourning his death, Paul Beyer, at just 21, was a "hero."

The soldier from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Air Assault, was laid to rest in Sebeka this week, after a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, killed him and a 34-year-old staff sergeant from Constantinople, Ill.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 12, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• BMX track in Wadena

A bicycle motor-cross (BMX) track is under construction in Wadena.

As trick riding skyrockets across the country, local kids are taking things into their own hands to see the rise of bicycle stunt riding in Wadena.

• Volunteers to help renovate Cyber Café

Members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa Indians Tribal Civilian Community Corps of Volunteers will help with renovations at the Cyber Café building in Wadena July 16-28.

The Cyber Café will be a community technology center with a focus on positive youth activities and options, [Kay] Browne said.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the July 8, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Rural Staples man's death being investigated by Wadena County Sheriff

The body of a rural Staples man, Jacob Francis Fellman, age 72, was found in his home by a family member at about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 5, 1986.

Investigation by the Wadena County Sheriff's Department and the Wadena County Coroner's office reveals that Mr. Fellman died of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

• Proof of car insurance now required

As of July 1, 1986, state law requires that owners of vehicles have proof of vehicular insurance on that particular vehicle. Be certain that proof is readily available if you are checked.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 8, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Snowmobile races July 25 at county fair

Join the fun at the Wadena County Fair and bring your snowmobile to the races.

There will be four categories in modified and four classes in stock with the machines being rated by mechanics between noon at 2 p.m. at the track, race time is 2 p.m.

• Killed by lightning

Five head of Holstein cattle were killed instantly Saturday morning in a pasture located 1 1/2 miles west and 1 1/2 miles north of Bluffton. Thirty-five head of cattle owned by William Weniger of the Bluffton community were lying under this lone elm tree when the storm struck. Lightning hit one of the tree's limbs and split the bark of the tree following to the base of the elm. Weniger operates a dairy farm of 30 head of milking Holsteins 1 1/2 miles west and one mile south of Bluffton.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the July 12, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Husband of Wadena lady is awarded Bronze Star citation

Mrs. Robert Harley (the former Ruth Kennedy) 219 First St. NE, received word Tuesday that her husband, Cpl. Robert Harley, had been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with letter "V" device. The award was given for heroic service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States.

• Editorial: Pulled no punches

It has been a long time since a public man delivered so timely a message to the American people as did Senator Byrd in his Atlanta speech last week, which was devoted largely to pointing out the dangers inherent in the Truman policies. Not only did he denounce the administration for its extravagant spending, but he pointed out the strong trend towards socialism in the president's domestic program.

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