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5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 10, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Teen escapees caught

Two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, accused of escaping from a Moorhead detention center transport van after assaulting the driver were caught by law enforcement Monday evening after an all-day air and land search.

• Library to buy bookmobile

Kitchigami Regional Library planned to have a new bookmobile running by the end of September. The library also integrated a new library system and Web site that year.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 10, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Youth dies in stopped car

Seventeen-year-old Jed Steven Branstner of Verndale died while waiting for the light to change at the intersection of Bryant Avenue Southwest and Jefferson Street South June 5. Doctors at Tri-County Hospital could not revive him. Police Chief Lane Waldahl said the death appeared to be natural.

• Local banks ready for Y2K

Wadena banks said they were ready for Y2K and invited customers to talk about their concerns. First National Bank planned to set aside cash in case people panicked and withdrew money. The bank's internal auditor, Jamie Pettit, was hopeful the bank could educate customers enough so they didn't take out extra cash because it is riskier to keep cash at home.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 12, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Miss Wadena competes for Miss Minnesota

Miss Wadena Tracy Adams, 17, of Wadena prepared for the Miss Minnesota pageant that weekend. Adams was the first to represent Wadena in the state pageant in many years.

• $500K raised for Community Center

Fundraising efforts to build a new Community Center in Wadena passed the $500,000 mark, which was the minimum goal, according to Center President Toby Pierce.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 12, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• New courthouse site dedicated

Wadena County planned a ceremony to dedicate the new courthouse site that day with the county auditor presiding. The ground had already been broken and the excavation was practically complete, but the county said "in any event [the ceremony] is a matter of historical significance."

• Lutheran Hour rally held

Internationally known the Rev. Oswald Hoffman was scheduled to speak Sunday before an anticipated crowd of more than 3,000 at the junior high gym in support of the Lutheran Hour.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 15, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Women leave farms for city

A University of Minnesota study revealed that more women than men leave the farm for the city during "the usual marriageable ages" resulting in 102,764 extra men in rural areas and 39,974 extra women in the cities. The farm areas not only lost women, they also lost their most educated citizens as migrants tended to be more educated than nonmigrants regardless of sex, according to the study.

• New Lustron home on display

An all-steel Lustron "house of tomorrow" was constructed at 219 Second Street Southwest in Wadena. A heating plant supplied radiant heat through the ceiling to the house instead of radiators or heating units. Walls inside and out were constructed of steel coated with porcelain enamel in order to reduce maintenance and repairs. The "packaged" house could be constructed on-site in five days by a trained crew after the foundation was complete.

• Red Owl under construcion

A new building was under construction by Merickel Lumber Mills to be leased to the Red Owl store. The 50x120-foot, one-story building was located on South Jefferson next to the Bowling Center.