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10 years ago

Excerpts from the March 18, 2004 Pioneer Journal

County takes aim at radon

The second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States could be filtering its way into your house.

Wadena County is in the high-risk zone for radon, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, which can find its way into your home anywhere there is an opening between the home and the soil, said Karen Nelson, Wadena County public health director. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer.

Wadena County has porous soil, which, Nelson said, is part of the reason the county is at such a high risk for radon. Not much testing has been done in the county, but one in four homes are above the "safe" radon level. A safe level for radon is two picoCuries/liter (pCi/L).

Fixing a radon problem is relatively easy, Nelson said. The best way to do this is to install a PVC pipe under the floor of the house's basement. Then, that pipe should run through the house to the roof. This will help suck out any radon that is in the house. Using a fan in an attic at the top of the house is also recommended, Nelson said.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the March 17, 1994 Pioneer Journal

Menahga may charge fees for fire calls

Menahga City Council members will consider whether to start charging city residents for fire calls within the city limits at a special meeting March 26.

The issue was brought before the council at Monday's meeting. Mayor Ron Olson said that as a result of a recent fire protection district contract committee meeting with township officials, the council will need to consider charging city residents the same fees as township residents for fire calls. This amounts to $200 for the first hour and $150 for each additional hour. Olson said the townships felt this would be a more equitable arrangement.

City residents do not pay directly for services. However, a portion of the city tax levy funds equipment purchases and other fire department expenses.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 21, 1974 Pioneer Journal

Wadena woman wins sweepstakes

Mrs. Anna Walker of Wadena was the winner in the Auto Sweepstakes held Saturday afternoon at Bryant and Jefferson.

While Mrs. Walker did not have to be present to win, her name was drawn from the large Wadena Ready Mix concrete truck stationed on mainstreet. While over 300,000 auto sweepstakes tickets had been printed, nearly 80 percent of that amount had been signed and turned in by area customers at the 36 participating Wadena firms.

Larry Fix, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce's business promotion committee, along with Don Brown, Chamber manager, and David Walter of KWAD radio were on hand to conduct the drawing.

Mrs. Walker was not in Wadena at the time, having been admitted to a Fargo hospital after straining a shoulder earlier in the week while shoveling snow.

Mrs. Walker will select one car from a field of four - either a 1974 Pinto Tudor sedan from Ken Stuntebeck Ford, a Plymouth Duster two-door from Uselman's, Inc., a Gremlin two-door from Jim Goetz Motors or a Chevrolet Vega from Huber motors upon her return from the hospital.

80 years ago

Excerpts from the March 22, 1934 Pioneer Journal

PO service is curtailed

A new schedule of mail service went into effect in the Wadena post office Saturday.

Curtailment of the postal budget and an order by Postmaster General Farley giving every postal worker s four-day-furlough between now and June 30 necessitated some rearrangements in the local post office personnel and a change in service to patrons.

Postmaster George Breher has attempted to make the service changes as slight as possible. In a statement to the Pioneer Journal he said, "The budget requirements for the Department make necessary the reduction of expenditures for personnel and a resultant curtailment of service for the remaining four months of the fiscal year which ends June 30."

He added, "To comply with this order the following changes will be made at this office: The residential section will have a complete morning delivery every day and an afternoon delivery three days of each week. There will be no deliveries on Saturday afternoons. This will be the only curtailment in the business section. All post office windows will close at 4 p.m. every saturday beginning March 24. It will be appreciated if the heavy mailers will try to get their mail into the office as early as possible and not hold it until the last thing in the evening."