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Living History: Visiting moose a victim of poaching

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 1, 2009 Pioneer Journal

• No foul play in R&J fire

No foul play is suspected in a fire that killed more than 40 horses and burned a large barn at R&J Horse Sales in Verndale on Dec. 21.

Wadena County Sheriff Michael D. Carr said this week that his office, along with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's office, is sending some evidence items to an electrical engineer for analysis as the two agencies search for the cause of the fire. He said foul play is not part of the equation.

No dollar figure has yet been attached to the damage at R&J, Carr said. He added it may be months before a number is finalized.

15 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 7, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Great River Regional Library burglarized

Sometime between 5 p.m. Dec. 31 and 8:45 a.m. Jan 2, someone forced entry into the Great River Regional Library in Eagle Bend. They took computer equipment valued at about $5,000. The suspect broke a window on a rear door of the building to gain access.

30 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 4, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena to host 6th annual racing pigeon show Sunday

Wadena will host the sixth annual Mid-Minnesota Racing Pigeon show Sunday at the 4-H building at the county fairgrounds, according to Dennis Imdieke and Warren Widness of the PRC.

Registration for nine classes begins at 11 a.m. with judging to start at 11:30 a.m. Classes include young cocks, yearling cocks, old cocks, raced young birds, young hens, yearling hens, old hens, 100 to 300 mile race diploma birds and 300 to 500 mile race diploma birds.

Frank Braman, formerly of Albany, Ore., will be master judge of the Wadena show. Braman, who has been judging since 1935, is one of six registered show judges in the state of oregon.

Diplomas will be given out to the first five places in the open class and to the first three places in the flown and diploma class, Imdieke said. Plaques will be awarded in each of the nine classes for the first place bird.

45 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 2, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Visiting moose poaching victim

The Minnesota Conservation Department reported Saturday that a 700 pound bull moose which showed up in the Minnesota River Valley early in November was found killed near Granite Falls.

For six weeks the visitor from the north country had been the focus of interest in river valley communities. It was seen by many persons as it wandered over local farms and along the wooded river bottoms.

Conservation officers were tipped off that something had happened to the moose when they got a report someone was trying to borrow a truck to haul it away.

The animal was located on the edge of a brushy spot near the river with two 20 gauge shotgun slugs in its body.

Conservation officers "staked out" the carcass in the hope that they could apprehend whoever shot the moose when he returned to pick it up.

The law provides that a reward of $50 will be paid for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person for violating provisions relating to moose. Moose have been protected in Minnesota since 1922.

75 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 5, 1939 Pioneer Journal

• Daughter saves life of mother

A pail of water dashed by a daughter over her mother whose clothes were in flames saved Mrs. Henry Bowers from possibly fatal burns last week.

The family and friends were celebrating Mr. and mrs. Bowers' silver wedding anniversary when the near-tragedy occurred. As Mrs. Bowers passed close to an overheated stove, her dress was drawn to the heat and burst into flames. Her sons, Roy and Hugh, burned their hands badly in trying to smother the fire. her daughter, Gladys, put out the fire with a pail of water. Mrs. Bowers' hip was quite badly burned. She is recovering at home.