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Wadena, 56482
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson, P.O. Box 31 56482

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 9, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Murdoch joins medical center staff

Dr. Lisa Murdoch joined the Wadena Medical Center staff as its newest family practice practitioner.

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"We wanted to move to a smaller place," Murdoch said. "I wanted to be a rural family doctor."

• Law offices merge

In a deal that's been in the making for about four years, Carlisle Law Office in Wadena will merge with Pemberton, Sorlie, Rufer and Kershner Firm in Fergus Falls.

• Pawlenty denies presidential bid

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty denies that last week's stay at the Republican National Convention was an audition for a future presidential run, but many people say otherwise. The Wall Street Journal editorial page listed him as one of nine potential 2008 candidates under the headline "Tryout Time."

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 9, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Sebeka bagger advancing to nationals

"They call me the little grocery bagger girl," Misty Kreklau commented as yet another passer-by offered congratulations on her success at the state grocery bagging competition. Since becoming the first female to ever win the state grocery bagging competition at the Minnesota State Fair this past August, the high school junior has become somewhat of a town celebrity. Her brother won the title two years ago. If she wins nationals, she will appear on the David Letterman show in New York and receive a $5,000 cash award.

• County's growth surprises planners

Wadena County was supposed to lose 4.2 percent of its population by the end of this decade, according to a 1993 Minnesota State Demographer's report. The projection did not hold true. Not only did Wadena County not lose its population, it saw growth in that time frame. In the next five years Wadena County is projected to continue its growth and be up by about 1 percent.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 13, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Paulsen, Birch, Richter, Graba win in 1984 primary election race

Wadena county commissioner district 2 candidate Dale Paulsen and Russell Birch out-distanced the field in Tuesday's primary election and will face off in the Nov. 6 election for the seat presently held by Gordon Berg. Independent Republican Dist. 12A candidate Don Richter, rural Wadena, defeated Al Hanson in the primary while DFL Incumbent Jerry Graba, Nimrod, was an easy winner over Fern Bushinger, Wadena.

• Pudas meets with fellow WWII marines

Five combat marines from World War II met this past weekend at Murlyn Pudas' rural Sebeka farm home in a mini reunion of G Company, Second Battalion, 5th Regiment of the First U.S. Marine Division. The five were together as U.S. Marines landed April 1, 1945, on the beaches of Okinawa battling the Japanese forces and the dreaded kamikaze. All of these GIs were wounded two or three times while defending their country and all are holders of the Purple Heart.

Pudas at 58 is the youngest of the five. The men talked little of their experiences during the war, but Pudas expressed their sentiments during the reunion; "We five are fortunate to be alive, scarred, but together."

Roy Overland, 61, of Minneapolis said, and the rest agreed, they could still vividly recall the night before the marines landed on Okinawa, of flashing lights from guns as the U.S. forces pounded the beaches making ready for the April 1, 1945, invasion.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 11, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• National Guard schedules training at Reece farm

Lt. Vernon Benson, commander of the Wadena unit, has announced that a National Guard training is scheduled this weekend. In the interest of safety, people are asked not to be in the vicinity of the firing range on the George Reece farm at Route 3 Wadena. Neither the National Guard unit nor Mr. Reece will be responsible for any accidents.

• County foster parents to be honored

The Wadena County Welfare Department planned to honor its nine foster homes at a dinner meeting Thursday, Sept. 17 at The Uptown. Governor LeVander has designated the week of Sept. 12-20 as Foster Parent Week.

• Rain! What is that? Showers come to Wadena area

Rains finally came to Wadena County early Friday morning after a month of hot, sometimes humid, temperatures.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 15, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Deer Creek School enrollment is 210

Deer Creek School opened its doors last week for the new term with a total enrollment of 210 pupils. There are 127 in grades first through eighth and 83 in high school.

• Postmaster asks for help

Postmaster Roy Ireland and his post office crew have a problem and stated: "So we ask all of you good people of Wadena PLEASE USE STREET ADDRESSES ON YOUR MAIL. AND USE IT IN YOUR RETURN ADDRESSES, SO THAT YOUR FRIENDS, CORRESPONDENTS,--YES AND YOUR CREDITORS, TOO -- WILL USE THE STREET ADDRESS WHEN WRITING YOU."

The post office's problem boils down to the fact that Wadena is getting to be a big town now. The boys in the post office don't know every Tom, Dick and Harry, and where they live. And if either Tom, Dick or Harry has 14 kids -- seven of whom are old enough to write and receive letters, it doesn't make matters easier for Uncle Sam's boys.

• Model of 'decorum and femininity' leaves KWAD

The Our Town with the editor section said: Esther Marie, that model of efficiency, dignity, decorum and femininity (oh brother, where did we dig up that line!) at station KWAD, is leaving our town come Sept. 30, and we want to wish her well at station WREX in Duluth. If Marie were in the newspaper business we would pay her the supreme compliment of journalistic circles by saying she is a "darned good newspaper man."

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