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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 5, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• 'Pickle Patch' writer dies

A former Pioneer Journal editor known for sharing his wisdom about everything from fishing to the best jam makers in the county died Aug. 29. Richard "Dick" Hess of rural Verndale suffered a heart attack on July 17. Hess was born six miles north of Verndale in Wing River Township in a place that used to be called Lukens Post Office.

• Priests to return to New York City

Two local priests will follow the footsteps they took a year ago in New York City when the twin towers of the World Trade Center were disintegrated by terrorists. "It's not a vacation; it's a pilgrimage," said the Rev. Jeff Ethan of their trip next week. "We're not going to go back every year. As a nation, we've got to get over this." The Rev. Peter Kirchner also took the trip.

• District 4 candidates debate

On a stormy night in Nimrod, three candidates running for District 4 Wadena county commissioner discussed the issues in an open forum. They included incumbent Paul Nolte, Mary Harrison and Walter Schulz.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 4, 1997 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena County law enforcement ranks well in state stats

The Wadena Police Department tied for a sixth-place rating in the state for crime statistics. Meanwhile, the county sheriff's office ranked in the top 10 in Minnesota in solving crimes.

• Black's Grove celebrates its 50th

Way back in 1947, heirs of the Black family deeded 60 acres to the city of Wadena. The acreage, about three miles west of Wadena, became known as Black's Grove Park. Now, 50 years later, the spot has lived up to the dreams of its benefactors.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept 8, 1982 Pioneer Journal

• Chamber planning annual farm and home energy expo

The Wadena Chamber of Commerce and Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council are sponsoring the third annual Wadena Farm and Home Energy Expo, Fridasy, Sept. 24. The expo will emphasize practical solutions to the energy problems through conservation and alternative energy.

• Bobbin' Around (from Publisher Bob Johnson's column)

What a nation of softies we've become. Tennis players go to the doctor because their elbows hurt. Joggers in the waiting room have shin splints. Kids are there for Pac-man finger. There's hardly room on doctors' schedules for hypochondriacs anymore.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 7, 1967 Pioneer Journal

• Withhuhn brothers plead not guilty

The Witthuhn brothers have entered a plea of not guilty through their public defenders and will come up for trial later at a time convenient for all parties concerned. The Witthuhn brothers appeard in district court here Tuesday according to Associated Press Minneapolis. The pair asked for a change in venue. They are accused of killing a service station owner in Sebeka.

• School attendance reaches 1,750 as new term begins

Wadena public school administrators reported more than 1,745 students and 220 WATI enrollees marched through the opening day doors that morning. Verndale had a slight decline in enrollment at 456, compared to 467 one year earlier. There were 252 students enrolled at Deer Creek.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 4, 1947 Pioneer Journal

• Leaf River barn burns when hit by lightning

Fire that was started by a bolt of lightning Sunday afternoon destroyed a large barn on the Harlan Drake farm in Leaf River Township, causing a heavy loss. The farm is well known as the old Fred Tabery farm, five miles north of Wadena.

• Former Hewitt family loses three children

Relatives here have received word of the death of Howard, age 12, Arlene, 7, and Arletta, 4, Tolbom, children of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Tolbom of Sand Point, Idaho, when their house was consumed by flames on Aug. 26. Mrs. Talbom is the former Ruth Piepkorn, daughter of Robert Piepkorn, former residents of this community.