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File photo Grand Leader was the newest department store to open in downtown Wadena as of the Aug. 14, 1952 Pioneer Journal.

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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 9, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Verndale man saw 35W bridge collapse

Dustin Denny of Verndale said taking his tools to a work trailer was what saved him from the 35W bridge collapse last Wednesday.

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"If I wouldn't have went to the work trailer, I would have been there for sure," he said.

Denny, 18, was making his first trip from work to his aunt and uncle's Anoka home since starting his job at a Twin Cities pipeline when he witnessed the collapse.

• Editorial: Trying time for a sports fan

For anyone who has read the federal indictment against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, you're probably as sick to your stomach as I am.

Vick is accused of running a dog fighting ring, in which animals were made to fight to the death or near death.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 15, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Relay for Life raises $60,000

More than 5,000 luminaries were lined along a path at Sunnybrook Park Friday to celebrate survivors and those who lost their battles with cancer.

Despite a rainy, early end to this year's annual Relay for Life, the effort netted more than $60,000 with 19 teams participating in gathering donations.

• Northwest Technical College begins

More than 600 Northwest Technical College students head to class Aug. 22 for the start of the fall semester.

"We're just excited about all of the new faces coming into the colleges," said Nancy Rach, vocational counselor at Northwest Technical College in Wadena.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 13, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• from Sports Comments by Lyle Freer

It's nice to see Terry Steinbach of Oakland doing so well, even though he plays against the Twins. Terry was the Most Valuable Player in the state amateur tournament in 1980, while he was playing with New Ulm. New Ulm won the championship with a 5-4 win over Dundas.

Terry's father was from Onamia, near Mille Lacs Lake. There were three Steinbach boys who played that year. The father said he never played baseball, mainly because he never had the chance.

• from Dick's Discussions by Dick Hess

Two youths brought in a colored Polaroid photo of a beautiful 27-pound muskie that was caught by Jeff Harrison while fishing in Canada recently. It really was a terrific-looking fish. The Pioneer Journal attempted to make a PMT of the muskie, but the colors were deep red and blue and made it nearly impossible to do a job in reproducing it in black and white.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 10, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Gibson named to state N-H board

Michael Gibson was informed July 31st by the Governor's office in St. Paul that he has been appointed to the Minnesota State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators, whose work consists of setting up regulations and requirements for nursing home administrators, either for an annual license or the annual re-licensing.

Gibson has been administrator of Shady Lane Nursing Home for three years, prior to which he was assistant administrator.

• Groundbreaking ceremonies for new hospital

Groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted Aug. 2, 1972 and construction began immediately. Completion is expected in late 1973, the golden anniversary of Wesley Hospital.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 14, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Grand Leader store to open Friday as newest business

Friday, August 15, Wadena's newest department store, the Grand Leader, will hold their grand opening.

The new business is located in the Mrs. Elizabeth Nathe building on Jefferson Street, formerly occupied by the Gamble Store. Since Gamble moved to their new location, the building has undergone a complete renovation.

• Menahga joins ranks of modern villages

Last week, Menahga became a modern village. According to The Menahga Messenger, Gordon Barbarossa, head of the contracting firm, Barbarossa and Sons of St. Cloud, appeared before the Menahga Council to hear possible complaints. When there were none, he declared the job completed.

Menahga now possesses a city water and sewer system.

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