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5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 17, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Tree house garners national attention

Will and Peggy Line's house among the treetops in Wadena received national attention from publications such as the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the New York Times Magazine along with television exposure on HGTV.

• Wadena man charged with attempted murder

Joseph Patrick Simon, 21, was charged with attempted murder in the second degree after alledgedly firing a shotgun into his ex-girlfriend's Wadena apartment.

• Pro gay marriage argument wins Think-Off

Robert Lerose, a New York man, won the 12th Annual Great American Think-Off in New York Mills by arguing that gay marriage should not be prohibited.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 17, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• No bidders for fairgrounds

No bidders attended the sale of the Wadena County Fairgrounds Tuesday morning. Bidding was opened at 9:30 a.m. and closed at 9:34 a.m. after the $650,000 minimum bid was called three times. The Ag Society had reported interested from Super One to buy the property.

• Council approves Depot investigation

The Wadena City Council gave its blessing for the Wadena Depot Task Force to investigate grants and possible uses for the historic Depot. The council had already committed to purchasing the building.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 19, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Three die in train collision

Three men were killed in a Burlington Northern coal train collision near Motley Thursday. One train had just left Staples with 110 carloads of coal en route to Superior, Wis. The other train was returning from Superior to Staples on its way to the coalfields in Montana. BN officials reported that six train accidents had occurred in the region so far that year.

• Fire guts Wing River home

A fire completely gutted the Raymond Krell farmhouse southeast of Bluegrass in Wing River township around noon Sunday. Verndale and Staples firefighters fought the blaze for four and a half hours, according to Verndale Assistant Fire Chief Rodney Bounds.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 19, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena band places first

The Wadena Senior High School Marching Band won first place in the Class AAA Concert Band competition in the inaugural Long Prairie Invitational Band Competition.

• Information center opens

An information center using the Wadena Jaycees' Lunch Wagon opened by the old water tower site for the convenience of area shoppers, motorists and tourists.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 16, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Sebeka boy accidentally shot

Nine-year-old Lyle Edgeton was accidentally shot in the face by his brother Wednesday afternoon when the two boys were playing with a .22 caliber rifle. The bullet entered his head near the bridge of his nose and fragmented with one piece lodging behind his eye.

• Four killed in Perham plane crash

Four Kansas fisherman were killed during a storm Sunday afternoon when the plane carrying them crashed southwest of Perham. It was not known whether the plane was struck by lightning or was disabled by the violent wind.

• Cow killed by lightning

The Ferleman family in West Lyons lost their only cow around noon Sunday when it was struck by lightning while it was reaching through the fence eating grass.

• Teenage crime spree stopped

Three North Dakota teenage boys were arrested after allegedly committing a series of burglaries in the community over the past several weeks. The boys were living in a tent along U.S. Highway 10 on the west side of town. Police found candy, cigarettes, cigars and flashlights in the tent. Apparently, their crime spree began in late May when they stole some $40 in cash from a Rolla, N.D., airport.