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Living history: 20 years ago - Women For Today folds

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 16, 1997 Pioneer Journal

• Women of Today folds

After 30 years, the Wadena Women of Today are dissolving the local chapter. It wasn't a decision that was made lightly, nor without some thought.

In fact, said member Diane Peters, the possibility of discontinuing the group was discussed a year ago.

"I think it's because of competition for time," she said. "Many members have school activities for their kids like hockey or gymnastics, or they volunteer for those organizations. It's just other conflicts or commitments."

Thirty years ago, local women formed an offshoot of the Jaycees organization, called Mrs. Jaycees. They had their first meeting on Nov. 14, 1967 and Marilyn Nervig was the first president. The chapter was given official status at the state level Feb. 17, 1968.

Later, in 1978, the organization's name was changed to Jaycee Women. In July 1985, the group became Women of Today, a name it has held until now.

"There was still some interest," said Peters. "But there's not enough time to commit to be officers or working members."

Peters thought that since many of the members are working out of the home, that may have contributed to the lack of time members have to offer. Juggling families, work, children's extra-curricular activities, and even church volunteering has become a way of lif for many members.

So, at what was to be the final meeting, a group of 10 to 12 women decided to disband the Women of Today.

The good news is programs like their Female Athlete Award will be continued. The group set aside enough money to cover the scholarship award for the spring of 1998 and after that the Wadena Jaycees will take over the award.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 19, 1977 Pioneer Journal

• Burglary, theft reported in Wadena

An arrest was made Monday night, Oct. 17, of a Wadena juvenile in connection with the theft of two purses, police said. Two more arrests will be made in the future in regard to the incident, they added.

On Oct. 10 between the hours of 9 am 11 p.m., the two purses were removed from two different vehicles parked in the Carter Oil parking lot, police said. A window was broken in one of the vehicles to gain access to the purse belonging to Brenda Buising, Deer Creek. She lost $15, several blank checks, a $23 check, a savings account book and miscellaneous items.

Although the other purse was not reported stolen, during the course of the investigation it was determined the other purse belonged to Roxann Pederson, Sebeka, authorities said. An undetermined amount of money and an eight track tape player were removed from the Pederson vehicle, they said.

A burglary was reported Oct. 15 at 10 p.m. by Tom Noyes, Wadena. Noyes notices his residence had been broken into on Oct. 14 between the hours of 8:30 and 11 p.m., police said. Taken in the burglary were 67 record albums, valued at $493.36. Investigation is continuing, they added.