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Living History: Farmer gored by angry bull

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 18, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Wolverine icemen remain perfect

After a scorching 3-0 start on the road, the Wolverine boys' hockey team finally came home to a full house at the Wadena Community Center when they bested the Pequot Lakes Patriots Dec. 11.

It didn't take long for the Wolverines to get the home crowd going as both teams came out hitting hard. Senior forward Brandon Currie drew first blood a little over four minutes into the first period when he slapped a shot past Patriot netminder Bryce Szymanski. With just two shots at the patriot goalie, the Wolverines commanded a 1-0 lead.

The Wolverines ended the opening period with 13 shots on Szymanski while Wolverine netminder Pete Miley stopped all the shots he faced.

WDC continued to harass the Patriots netminder in the second period and cashed in on a power-play opportunity early when Tyler Wolden scored, making the Wolverine lead 4-0. Both teams traded shots deep into the third period, but the Wolverines added two more scores late to make it 6-0.

It was back on the bus for the Wolverines after their resounding victory over the patriots. This time, the Wolverines traveled to Hallock to take on the Kittson-Central Wolfpack. Just how tough this game was going to be was answered immediately as the Wolfpack wasted very little time finding the back of the net.

But instead of being intimidated, the Wolverines got even. WDC's Dickhaus continued his scoring streak and tied the game five minutes later with his shorthanded goal during a Wolfpack powerplay. Then the Wolverines came after the Wolfpack netminder Josh Johnson in the second period and drove him from the net with a five-goal onslaught. The Wolverines went into the third period with a 6-1 lead. The Wolverines score twice in the third to close out the 8-3 victory to remain perfect.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 16, 1993 Pioneer Journal

• Staples, Motley schools to join

Staples voters overwhelmingly voted to join schools with less enthusiastic Motley last Thursday. Voters in Staples cast 88.5 percent of their votes for the union, while 53.2 percent of Motley voters favored the merger. Voter turnout in the two communities was greatly varied - 55 percent in Motley, 25 percent in Staples. The consolidation calls for the two school districts to officially merge July 1, 1994. There will continue to be elementary classes, kindergarten through fifth grade, in both communities.

30 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 21, 1983 Pioneer Journal

• Farmer gored by mad bull

Bill Erbe, rural Staples, suffered a broken rib and injury to his right arm and side when mauled by one of his two-year-old, 1,800 pound bulls.

Erbe's son David, seeing his father twice tossed high in the air by the bull, used a five-tined fork to ward off the animal.

Erbe advised his son to leave the premises to save himself. Young Erbe refused and finally rescued his father and got him into the family barn.

The bull then concentrated on Bill's cap which had fallen on the ground.

Neighbors assisted in driving the animal into the barn where it was destroyed.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 17, 1953 Pioneer Journal

• Aldrich soldier returns from Korea

Army Sgt. Richard A. Doll, 24, whose wife lives in Ada, Minn., is returning to the US after serving with the 40th Infantry Division in Korea.

Sgt. Doll, son of Mrs. Mary Doll, Aldrich, was a radio operator in the division's 40th Signal Company. He is a veteran of 13 months' service in Korea.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 16, 1943 Pioneer Journal

• New county nurse has been engaged

Wadena county, without a fulltime county nurse since Miss Mildred Blair left in July, will again have the services of a county nurse when Miss Frances Bacchus takes up her duties here January 3. Miss Bacchus has had previous experience as a county nurse, but of recent weeks she has been taking post-graduate work at the University of Minnesota. After completing this, she will come directly to Wadena.