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Living history: Wadena County shows total bond purchases of 157.4 percent of quota

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 26, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Mock trial finishes season

The Wadena-Deer Creek mock trial team wrapped up its season on Feb. 11.

In its first competition on Feb. 4 against Moorhead, the team won by six points. The Wolverines then took on the mock trial team from Perham but lost by one point on Feb. 6.

It was on to regional competition on Feb. 11, when the team beat last year's team that went to state, Roseau, by one point. WDC team members had wanted to win against Roseau because they considered Roseau to be the best in the region. However, because some of the rules had changed, WDC was not able to go on to state competition. Head coach Brian Longerbone said the team had a good year. He hopes the rules might change for the students next year. It was the first time that WDC had beaten the Roseau mock trial team.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 24, 1994 Pioneer Journal

• Hewitt man dies in head-on crash Friday

A head-on collision one mile north of Hewitt claimed the life of one man early Friday, Feb. 18.

Mark Zins, 21, formerly of Osakis, was dead at the scene when the pickup he was driving collided head-on with a semi-truck on Highway 71, according to the Minnesota State Patrol spokesperson. The accident occurred at 6:30 a.m. Roads were in good condition.

The driver of the semi, Herman Hallikainen, 33, Menahga, was uninjured.

Zins was an employee of Juers Repair in Wadena. The business closed for the funeral which was held Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 28, 1974 Pioneer Journal

• Sterling Knutson sells Wadena Pioneer Journal

The Wadena Pioneer Journal, the county's official newspaper and in the knutson family for the past fifty years, changes ownership effective friday, March 1, according to manager-publisher Sterling Knutson.

The Pioneer Journal has been sold to harold and Mark Fuglie of Long Prairie, Ed and James Morrison of Morris, James Kinney of Glenwood and Robert Johnson of Elbow Lake. Johnson will be the Pioneer Journal's new publisher, Mr. Knutson announced today.

Eldon Lum, Wahpeton, N.D., served as broker in this business transaction.

The late Harold Knutson, one of Minnesota's US Representatives, first owned and managed the Pioneer Journal beginning in May 1924. His nephew, Sterling Knutson, began as a printers devil at the Pioneer Journal shop in 1938. His stint at the shop was interrupted when he enlisted in the Merchant Marines during WWII, and became a licensed Master Mariner. Sterling became managing editor of the Journal in September 1946.

Mrs. Knutson is an active member of the Twentieth Century club, the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron at one time.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Knutson are members of the Wadena First Congregational Church.

At the moment, their future plans are undecided.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 24, 1944 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena county shows total bond purchases of 157.4 percent of quota

Wadena county War Bond purchases up to Tuesday totaled 157.4 percent of the county's quota of $300,000, according to figures sent out from the office of the War Finance Committee in Minneapolis. The county, however, has not quite reached its E Bond quota, having purchased up to Tuesday 97.1 percent. The fourth War Loan will continue through February 29, however, and it is expected that that department of its quota also will be reached.