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Living History: Wadena's first horseless carriage makes its appearance in 1903

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5 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 28, 2008 Pioneer Journal

• School Board settles on budget cut: $769k

After much wrangling and a pair of 3-2 votes, the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board approved a figure of $769,700 in budget cuts for the 2008-2009 school year.

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"This is never fun," said board chairwoman Judy Taves, leading off the discussion. "This is always very, very difficult."

• County considers dog bite policy for strays

Stray dogs are a problem in Wadena County, according to Carolyn Hartman, coordinator of the Wadena County Humane Society. Commissioners agreed to look into developing a policy to address the issue.

"I'm just concerned about what will happen in the future," Hartman said. "You people need to develop a policy here."

10 Years Ago

Excerpts from the March 6, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Police, sheriff will remain separate

Wadena's police and sheriff's departments will remain separate entities after a study determined that little, if any, money could be saved by combining the two.

The city council voted Feb. 26 to keep the departments separate and advertise internally for the job of police chief. City officials began last fall to consider the possibility of combining efforts to save money.

• Wadena to have special deer hunt at city airport

The city will allow a controlled hunt at the airport to try to deal with a problem of deer on the runway.

The firearms hunt is part of a three-pronged approach unanimously approved by the city council at a special Feb. 26 meeting to deal with deer wandering onto the Wadena Municipal Airport runway. The city intends to build a fence at the airport in 2004 as a long-term solution. In addition, archery hunters also will be allowed to hunt in the area during hunting season, but details have not been finalized.

25 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Mar. 2, 1988 Pioneer Journal

Note: For the 111th Anniversary edition in 1988, the PJ printed excerpts from the 50th Anniversary edition in 1927.

• Development of fire protection in Wadena in the earlier days

The village of Wadena recognized the need for fire protection early, and a volunteer fire department was organized in 1883. Prior to that time, all of the citizens turned out in case of fire and fought the fire as best they could.

With the organization of the regular department in 1883, the village council commenced to spend money on apparatus, and in 1884 two wells were built, one near the park near Meyer & Coon's corner and another at the Merchants Bank corner, at a cost of $185. Also, a windmill and tank were erected on Front Street at a cost of $310.

In 1886 a hand engine was bought for $150, a hose truck for $45, 400 feet of hose for $400 and a fire alarm bell for $60.

• Wadena's first horseless carriage makes its appearance in 1903

In the fall of 1903, Thomas Miller, then traveling for the Wadena Cracker Co., said he believed he could use an automobile to advantage in making his territory. The following April 1904, he purchased an Oldsmobile at Alexandria and ran the car to Wadena, having significant difficulty in getting through.

But meanwhile, in September 1903, Henry Ebner had purchased a Rambler and Frank Ebner was running the car around the village.

A.M. Baumbach, George Northfoss, A.G. Broker, John Dower, L.L. Benedict and others soon bought cars and were trying to make the grades around town. A trip around the "Compton Square" of five miles without trouble was considered quite a feat.

40 Years Ago

Excerpts from the March 1, 1973 Pioneer Journal

• Egg-ology is favorite hobby of Wadena Woman

"Egg-ology" is the favorite hobby of Mrs. John Jussila of Wadena.

Her egg tree displays 100 eggs, decorated and jeweled over the past few years. Anyone interested in seeing the tree may come to the Jussila residence, 821 6th St. SW in Wadena on March 7-8 in the afternoon. There will also be on display an ostrich egg and other handcrafted items.

• 42 Wadena Senior High students on 4-day environmental trek

Wadena Senior High's Winter Environment Class of 42 students departed for Itasca State Park on Tuesday via bus, advised by instructors Virginia Stulc, Bill Burns, Dick Carman and Francis Feil.

The student bus and Pat O'Brien's pickup were heavy laden with equipment and winter clothes that are necessary for their winter walk with nature, which has been increased to four days.

60 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Mar. 12, 1953 Pioneer Journal

• Ten thousand northerns rescued at Gourd Lake

State Game and Fish personnel assisted by several members of the Ottertail Rod and Gun Club have been busy the past week at Gourd Lake rescuing northern pike fingerlings in danger of dying from lack of oxygen in the lake. Ten thousand little northern pike are now cavorting about in deep-water lakes.

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