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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 5, 2009 Pioneer Journal

• Verndale reinstates officer, gives police pay raise

A $30,000 pot of revenue was a motivating factor in the Verndale City Council's 3-2 decision to reinstate the city's second full-time officer position at Monday night's council meeting.

The position, held by Cory Carr, was cut by the previous council in December due to budget concerns.

At the end of January the police department discovered it has more money than when he budgeting process started in July, said Police Chief Jeff Jares. The police department's budget consists of income from various sources including state reimbursements and citations.

"We actually have $30,000 to work with," said Mayor Ardith Carr. "We have money now to have two full-time officers."

She asked for a motion to reinstate the position. Carr presented a proposal at the council's Jan. 5 meeting that she believed would allow the city to hire back Cory Carr while reducing the police chief's wages for a cost less than having one full-time officer and filling in with part-timers.

Reducing the chief's wages is not a part of the council's decision to reinstate the position, however.

"You're saying, Jeff, we have extra money, we shouldn't have to do any reductions," Carr asked.

That's the way the figures look on paper, Jares said.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 3, 1994 Pioneer Journal

• Woman survives car-train collision

A 57-year-old woman narrowly escaped death Monday morning, Jan. 24, when she walked away from a car-train accident just west of Staples.

Carolyn Edith Nelson, Staples, was treated and released at Lakewood Clinic after her car collided with a Burlington Northern freight train at the Todd County road 9 crossing about four miles west of Staples.

The force of the impact spun the car around at the crossing, knocking over a cross-arm standard. The front of the car was pointing south, the direction from which Nelson was coming.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 7, 1974 Pioneer Journal

• Two diesel fuel suppliers close sales temporarily

Two Wadena diesel fuel suppliers have closed temporarily their diesel sale operation after receiving a call to temporarily close these particular sales to truckers.

Receiving calls were Key's and Jacobson's oil company. It was reported that if they did not voluntarily close the diesel sales, someone would close their companies.

Though erroneously reported on TV earlier this week that both Key's and Jacobson's would be closed for the duration of the truckers' strike, these two oil companies will continue to be open for the sale of gasoline and fuel oil to their many customers.

In the case of Key's, the cafe will also remain open to the public.

Diesel fuel sales have closed temporarily at these two businesses in Wadena but both owners report they hope the situation will be resolved in the next few days.

Jacobson's will continue with its many home deliveries of fuel oil and has at least a good 10-day supply of fuel oil on hand. As far as diesel fuel sales at Jacobson's,, they reported eight sales in the past five days.

Key's Oil Company has a large demand sale of diesel fuel to truckers operating on Hwys 10 and 71.

An unofficial report from the Fergus Falls area was that a trucker had his vehicle fired upon while traveling on a highway in that community.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 3, 1944 Pioneer Journal

• Last minute spurt sparks the fourth war loan

For the first time since the War Loans started, Wadena county citizens have placed their county near the top of the state's 87 counties in buying the quota set by the state war finance committee. Dr. C.H. Pierce, county chairman, released up-to-date figures before press time Wednesday night. As things now stand with 12 more days of the drive remaining, Wadena county has purchased 95 percent of its quota. Wadena Village citizens purchased $30,000 in one day.