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Living History: Hockey goes to state

10 years ago

Excerpts from the March 11, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Hockey goes to state

Sixteen years.

State competition was a long time coming for the Wadena-Deer Creek boys hockey team, but they finally can lay some ghosts of hockey past to rest. They've been close before in Section 4A playoffs, but fell short of their dream of making it to state. The Wolverines hockey team had made it twice to the championship game of the section playoffs and lost both to Fergus Falls back in 1993-94 and 1999-2000.

That changes this week. For the first time in school history, the Wolverines csn proclaim that they are the Section 4A Champions in hockey after a 2-1 win over Little Falls on Friday. They were set to play South St. Paul Wednesday in the opening round.

While people expect defending 2003 Class A champion Warroad to defend their title, the Wolverines are ready to go give the Warriors a run for the crown. But first, they have to get past South St. Paul.

Senior Andrew Murray summed it up best.

"Be ready for us because we still have a few surprises left," he said. "We don't want the season to end yet."

20 years ago

Excerpts from the March 10, 1994 Pioneer Journal

• Water heater ignites glue in city home

A Wadena man doused a glue fire Tuesday, preventing a basement fire from spreading to the rest of his house.

Don Durkee was gluing paneling in his basement when a water heater ignited the adhesive.

Wadena Fire Chief Tom Reger said Durkee used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze which had spread quickly to basement rafters and a couch. The department removed the couch and helped ventilate the house in the call, which took about an hour.

The department also responded to a chimney fire in Compton Township in Otter Tail County near Highway 29 Friday. The fire was put out quickly.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 14, 1974 Pioneer Journal

• Bertha banker's animal top in March 7 Simmental sale

Marvin Braaten of the Bertha First National Bank sold the top animal in the First Annual Minnesota Simmental Sale held in Rochester March 7, it has been reported to the Pioneer Journal.

His animal, a heifer, sold for $14,000. The second top animal in the sale was that of his son, Brad Braaten. Brad's animal sold for $13,000.

Four other heifers from the Braaten herd on the Simmental Sale went for approximately $4,000 each.

The $14,000 animal was purchased by the Circle G Ranch of the Vagles Bros. of St. Paul. Brad's heifer went to the Davis Farms of Elk River, it has been reported.

80 years ago

Excerpts from the March, 1934 Pioneer Journal

• Auditorium moves ahead

The auditorium project for Wadena moved another step forward Wednesday night when the council named Councilman Ted Anderson and village Recorder Hugh G. Parker to act on a committee to see about plans and specifications for a suitable building.

The council also authorized the committee to go ahead and procure plans, and, if necessary, specifications, if the committee saw fit.

W. A. Beckstrom, architectural draughtsman, who has been working on preliminary plans for the building on a CWA project, will continue to prepare sketches and rough draughts of various proposals until the most satisfactory solution to the local situation is obtained. After he has completed his work it will be necessary to secure a licensed architect to prepare plans in final form to submit to contractors.

A resolution was also prepared by the council to send to the state highway department suggesting that stop signs be erected on both highways Nos. 2 and 4, or as they are now to be designated No. 10 and No. 71, at the intersection of these highways in Wadena on Jefferson Street and Ash Avenue North.