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Wadena,Minnesota 56482
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Public electrical utility? That's socialism!
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson 56482

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 15, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• A Mason for 80 years

Fair Oaks Lodge resident Clarence Horn, 101, received a rare honor Sunday when area Masons honored him for 80 years of membership in the fraternal organization.


"This is a very unusual occurrence," said Minnesota Masonic Grandmaster Steve Johnson.

• Carlson made partner at firm

The law firm of Kennedy, Nervig and Carlson, LLP, in Wadena, announced that Paul F. Carlson has become a partner in the firm.

Carlson joined the firm as an associate in May 2001, relocating to this area from Chicago.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 21, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Meth manufacture, use not limited to cities

Only 40 percent of Minnesota's drug problem is in the Twin Cities area, leaving the remaining 60 percent out in rural areas.

Wadena County law enforcement has made three big methamphetamine busts in the last year and the problem isn't going away.

"Methamphetamine is the most popular drug out there right now," Wadena Police Chief Lane Waldahl said. "Take a coke (cocaine) high, times by 10 and you'll have a meth high."

• WDC wrestlers are

Section 7AA champs

In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolvering wrestling team won the Section 7AA wrestling tournament Saturday and will advance to state competition as a team. It wasn't easy, but the Wolverines defeated Minnewaska Area in the finals 28-23 to earn their third consecutive berth in the state meet and fourth appearance in the last 10 years.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 17 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Herman Hammel publishes book about growing up on the prairie

On or about March 1, Herman Hammel of rural Staples will reach a lifelong goal. That goal is to leave "some kind of legacy for my children and grandchildren ..."

Hammel has achieved that goal with the near approaching release of his book "Children of the Homesteaders."

• 1987 Today's Women: Bonita Orr

Recognized for her community and church involvement, the Wadena Women of Today held a luncheon Friday, Feb. 13, honoring Bonita Orr as the 1987 Today's Woman award.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 17, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• 3,585 homes in county have TV

The 1970 Census of Housing counted 4,280 housing units in Wadena County, and 3,585 households had at least one television set (661 UHF-equipped), the Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce, announced today.

• Berlin to Bacharach showcase of popular songs

The importance of the popular song as an art form in America is now well-established.

The next program on the Wadena Area Concert series will be a showcase for great popular songs from the days of Irving Berlin to the present. "From Berlin to Bacharach" is the title of this show to be given in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 24.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 21, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Bernauer to attend J.C. Penney's Jubilee in Chicago

A.H. Bernauer, manager of the J.C. Penney Company at Wadena, will leave Sunday to attend the Company's Golden Jubilee convention being held in Chicago from Feb. 25-27. Accompanying him on the trip, will be Mrs. Bernauer.

"This year marks our 50th anniversary of serving the American people," Bernauer said, "and our convention has been built around that theme. Naturally, we are proud of our past - our company started as a single tiny store in 1902 and has grown to be the biggest of its kind in the world."

• from Our Town with the Editor

Ken Hall, Wadena's government weather observer and TV fan, got quite a kick out of it when he saw Mike Cotone of Wadena (Stern & Field salesman) on television. Mike was one of the judges at the Golden Gloves boxing tournament in Minneapolis a week ago.

This isn't all the story, though. Mike had taken his family to the cities with him, but upon their arrival his little girl became ill and Mrs. Cotone stayed at the hotel with her and Mike Jr. while Mr. Cotone went about his business. A television set in the hotel room was turned on and Mrs. Cotone and Mike Jr. got to watch the fight - and like Ken - they saw Mr. Cotone at the ringside when the TV camera focused on the judges.

What's this old world coming to when television acts as agent to let the family know where the old man is.

• from an ad by the Minnesota Power and Light Company

Today, the majority of Americans have decided that government should neither own nor manage the electric light and power business. Most say, "That's socialism!" And Americans certainly don't want that.

The trend against socialized electricity was clearly revealed in a nation-wide poll of public opinion, made this year by Opinion Research Corporation, Princeton, N.J. Here are some reasons for this trend: Many millions more people today recognize that government in the electric light and power business - or any other business - is socialism.

People naturally object to the government spending tax money on unnecessary federal power systems when every available dollar is needed for national defense.