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Living History: Barking dog saves farmer from suffocation

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 12, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Officials nab man released from jail

A Wisconsin man who was released from the Wadena County jail last month was arrested Saturday in St. Paul.

Lamont Stewart, 22, of Beloit, Wis., was arrested after Ramsey County authorities pulled him over, said Mark Naylon, public information officer with Ramsey County. Stewart is accused of sexually assaulting two young girls in Wisconsin.

"His charges there (in Wisconsin) weigh more than the charges he has here," Naylon said.

Stewart has also been charged with fleeing police officers. Naylon said Ramsey County authorities and the US Marshals have been following Stewart since his release in Wadena, but were always one step behind him. Authorities followed him into Iowa, Wisconsin, back to Minnesota, to Wisconsin again and finally St. Paul.

Stewart is being held in Ramsey County waiting for extradition to Wisconsin.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 9, 1993 Pioneer Journal

• Turkey hunters set new fall harvest record

Minnesota's 1993 fall turkey hunters registered 605 turkeys, establishing a new fall harvest record, according to Gary Nelson, DNR wild turkey specialist. The 1993 harvest is up somewhat from the 1992 harvest of 588 birds.

"Approximately 32 percent of this fall's hunters were successful," said Nelson. Zone 3, which includes portions of Fillmore, Mower, Olmsted and Winona counties, accounted for 238 of the total.

A total of 2,400 permits were available for the computerized drawing. Minnesota began fall turkey hunting in 1990.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 13 1973 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena sustains first cold snap

Wadena and surrounding communities had another taste of winter over the weekend as sleet, light snow and gusting wind whipped the area Saturday and Sunday.

Light snow occurred Saturday night and early Sunday morning with temperatures near zero. The thermometer registered about 10 degrees below zero at Aldrich Sunday night and early Monday morning.

While local citizens have enjoyed a mild winter thus far, plunging temps made it seem more Christmas-like.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 10 , 1953 Pioneer Journal

• Barking dog saves farmer from suffocation

Frank Birkholz Sr. narrowly escaped suffocation Sunday evening when a stack of baled hay tipped over on him, pinning him under the pile. His screams for help aroused the family dog, whose frantic barking attracted the attention of Mrs. Birkholz who was working in the house.

When she found she could not rescue her husband alone, she summoned her brother, Clark Meech, who came with his son, Donald, and with Dale Sowers. In a few minutes they dug Mr. Birkholz out from under the hay and carried him into the house.

George Kadow, a son-in-law also came and took his father-in-law to a physician in Sebeka, who in turn brought him to Wesley hospital in Wadena for an examination and x-rays.

It was found he had a dislocated shoulder resulting from that arm being pinned behind him while he was under the hay. He was confined at the hospital Sunday night while being treated for shock. Monday morning he was released and returned home but will be unable to take over his farm chores for awhile.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 9, 1943 Pioneer Journal

• Hospital visitors are curtailed

Because of the prevalence of so many cases of contagious diseases and respiratory infections in the community, it will be necessary to curtail visitors, according to Madeli Motsiff, superintendent of Wesley hospital. Miss Motsiff explains that this policy has been adopted as protection for patients at the hospital and that visitors will be admitted only in emergency cases.