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5 years ago

Excerpts from the May 1, 2003 Pioneer Journal

- Peacocks come to park

Peacocks will take their place at Sunnybrook Park this week, thanks to a partnership between the city and a public works employee. The city bought eight peacock chicks last fall after making a deal with Ed Sawyer, a maintenance worker.

- Former sheriff dies April 22 in Wadena

Manley Erickson always had a smile on his face and a calm demeanor, which several said made him a good sheriff. Erickson, 77, died April 22 in Wadena. He served as Wadena County Sheriff for 20 years from 1959 to 1979.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the April 30, 1998 Pioneer Journal

- What do you do with a 'testy' buffalo?

Street/sewer supervisor Ron Bucholz said the male buffalo had been separated from the cow, who was due to calf. The bull, Bucholz said, is "a little testy," likely because it had been recently teased. Bucholz expressed concern that the current fence might not be a sufficient barrier for the animal if it became enraged or out of control.

- Search on for Wadena woman

A 40-year-old Wadena woman was reported missing by her husband. LuAnn Marie Pettit was reported missing April 26, and had been absent from her residence for about 20 hours.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the May 4, 1983 Pioneer Journal

- US 71 satellite liquor store proposed at council meeting

A proposed satellite liquor store on U.S. Highway 71 north in Wadena was discussed by the Wadena City Council. Business owner Chuck Sartell, noting increased customer base at his new Highway 71 location, thought the city could make more money by having the Highway 71 location as well.

- Wadena area school board races to be decided May 17

Three men are seeking two positions on the Wadena school board in the May 17 election. Dick Bentrup, Roland Schneider and John Crandall were seeking the seats.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the May 2, 1968 Pioneer Journal

- Late book amnesty

Wadena public librarian Mrs. John Edinger announced today that, "Starting today, fines for overdue books at the public library have been suspended. ... It is hoped this will encourage persons to return overdue books and aid the library personnel to bring records up to date."

- 1967 drought may cause rise in '68 price of cucumbers

M.A. Gedney Co., of Chaska, Minn., is contracting with area cucumber growers for the 1968 pickle season. Representatives in the Wadena area recently reported that the drought of last summer is causing prices for marketable cucumbers this summer to be higher on certain grades of cukes.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the April 29, 1948 Pioneer Journal

- Leaf Lake young man killed by lightning

Donald Foster, 21, of Leaf Lake Township, was killed by lightning while harrowing with a tractor at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday.

- Radioactive materials may be boon to crops

The probable value of using radioactive materials in the soil to increase crop yields has stirred a whole new field of controversy. Public imagination has been fired by claims of fantastic yield increases by use of those materials.