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5 years ago

Excerpts from the July 8, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• New thrift shop opens July 1

Karen Hamann of Deer Creek recently opened Once Again, a used clothing store, in downtown Wadena. Hamann previously owned a grocery store in Deer Creek, which closed in July 2003 due to competition from Wadena stores.

• Peters Snyder Drug remodels

Dave and Diane Peters celebrated 10 years of ownership of Snyder Drug and the recent remodel of their store. Another cash register was added in the pharmacy section and the store increased its selection of Hallmark cards. Ron Schwartzwald owned the business prior to the Peters.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 8, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Zosel named top citizen

Bob Zosel of Wadena was named the 1999 Wadena County Outstanding Citizen by the Wadena County Ag Society. Zosel's name was to be honored on an engraved stepping stone at the old schoolhouse building at the fairgrounds. Zosel has been an active participant with the Food Shelf, Meals on Wheels, the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge. He is also a former member of the Hospital Board, the Wadena City Park Board, the Library Board and the Citizens Band. He dedicates most of his time to the Wadena County Historical Society.

• Cable company bought out again

Charter Communications announced June 30 it was purchasing Bresnan Communications for $3.1 billion. The new signs, letterheads and paperwork had barely had time to dry at the cable company in Wadena since TCI became Bresnan that February. Charter's purchase wouldn't be official until February 2000 to allow for a year between sales, according to John Propp, a manager for Bresnan.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the July 10, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• History of the Wheat Trail

In a large, two-page piece with photos, Dick Hess related the history of the Wheat Trail. He referenced Sidney Sanford's brief 1947 account of the Hubbard Prairie wheat trail that wound from Park Rapids and Hubbard south to the Shell City campsite and ended at Verndale. John Crandall of Wadena has researched the area and written a master's thesis on the Wheat Trail and Shell City. Hess hoped more Hubbard and Wadena County history could be restored if people related to the early settlers share what they know.

• NYM celebrates its centennial with monument

Two thousand people showed up to help New York Mills celebrate the dedication of its centennial monument, which contained a time capsule to be opened in 25 years in July 2009.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 10, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Halvorson Grocery becomes J&J

Mr. and Mrs. John Bluhm of Minneapolis, and formerly of Bertha, are now operating the former Halvorson Grocery on Third Street Southwest. The store is now known as J&J Grocery.

• Berg elected president of school board

Russell Berg was elected the new president of the Wadena Board of Education at a special meeting held Thursday and filled the vacancy left when Dr. Dean Campbell did not file for reelection in the spring.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the July 7, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Army seeks site for 'radar' station

The Army picked Elmer Erickson's farm north of Wadena in Leaf River Township as a possible site for what was believed to be a "radar" station. Erickson said he had made no deal yet, but he expected Army representatives to be back in several weeks to continue negotiations. The officers indicated to Erickson that they would need to purchase at least 40 acres of his land. Part of the installation would consist of barracks and living quarters to house the 50 or 60 men needed to operate the station.

• Henning man dies at Leaf Lake

James E. Adams, 23, drowned Sunday afternoon at Leaf Lake. He was at home in Henning visiting from his work in Carrington, N.D., for the Fourth of July holiday. Adams was born in Henning in 1925 and lived there until he joined the Merchant Marines during the time of the war.

• Immanuel building to be completed

After holding services for several years in the basement Immanuel Lutheran Church made plans to finish the church building. The brick structure was set to be completed in five months.

• Fire sweeps Muckala farm

A fire destroyed all of the farm buildings except the home and garage on the William Muckala farm near New York Mills last Friday. The fire was believed to have started from spontaneous combustion in the hay mow. Muckala carried some insurance on the buildings, but it was sufficient to cover only a small part of the loss.

• Clarissa woman honored by Pope Pius XII

Mrs. George Etzell, 72, was presented with a papal medal for her work at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Bishop Peter Bartholome of St. Cloud presented the medal on behalf of Pope Pius XII. Etzell's husband, who died in 1943, was a former publisher of the Clarissa Independent.

• Phone conversations increasingly insincere says operator

A Pittsburgh Press editorial in the "With Other Editors" section shared: "Americans are growing more insincere in their phone conversations, according to a New York City operator. 'Women are overdoing the giggle and flattery,' she says. 'While men call almost any woman "honey" or "darling."' It also seems that some critics of our manners and morals are overdoing the pastime of listening in on private telephone conversations."