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5 years ago

Excerpts from the July 15, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Brauch, Hudson and Taves file for school board

Darcy Brauch and Janine Hudson filed for election to the school board and Judy Taves filed for re-election.

• Harrison and Meyer file for re-election

County Commissioner Mary Harrison identified the Friendly Rider Transit system as one of the controversial issues in District 4. She said budgeting and saving money for bigger projects in the future is something she would like the county to do.

Commissioner Orv Meyer of District 2 identified a lack of space as one of the biggest issues facing the county. "The biggest thing facing Wadena County is the space issues with the jail and the courts -- the entire judicial system," he said.

• Ethelyn writes about Alice Zaske

Ethelyn Pearson's Fair Oaks Lodge column featured Alice Zaske, who turned 99 July 6. Zaske went to college at Hamline, a Methodist college, and taught country school for four years before marrying and moving to a farm. She liked the gathering eggs and gardening aspects of farm life but was scared of some of the large farm animals. As written by Pearson: Alice let "a certain Mr. Clifford Zaske know that she would not now or anytime in the foreseeable future do barn or field work under any condition. He understood and kept his word." The couple had eight children.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 15, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Hess looks forward to fair

In his "Pickle Patch" column Dick Hess said that while there have been a multitude of changes in farming and in people's lifestyles, the Wadena County Fair has survived and will open July 14 for its 106th annual run.

• Railroad, city agree on park buy

The Wadena City Council agreed that the city will purchase Burlington-Northern Park from the Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe Railroad for $64,000.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the July 19, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Incinerator recommended for Perham

An engineering report recommended that Otter Tail Power go ahead with a project to construct a garbage incinerator in Perham, according to Gill Giesen, the OTP vice president for Minnesota operations. The Wadena County Board of Commissioners agreed to cooperate with Perham and Otter Tail County in support of the incinerator. The company needs an agreement on garbage volume and steam sales before the project can proceed.

• Bishop competes for Miss Teen of Minnesota

Michele Bishop, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Bishop of Sebeka, will be among the candidates competing for Miss Teen of Minnesota July 26-28. Prior to the pageant candidates are judged on scholastic record, service and achievement in the school and community, and personal development. At the pageant candidates take a written test to measure their general awareness of the world around them. The judges also score them in the areas of personality, poise and appearance in formal wear.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 17, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• New Clarissa Ballroom hosts events

The new Clarissa Ballroom advertised a Teen-Hop with music by the Black Prisom on Friday, July 18 and a wedding dance given by Frank Kaminski and Darlene Schwartz with music by the Jolly Dutchmen Orchestra on Saturday, July 19.

• County welfare department anticipates expenditures

The Wadena County Welfare Department anticipated spending $744,625 in 1970, according to Director Paul Sundberg.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the July 14, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Youth nabbed on farm fire charge

Glen Hiram Krogstad, 20, was in the Fergus Falls County Jail after being charged with locking his sleeping foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sigurd Krogstad, in their small home in Paddock Township and setting fire to the house. According to the sheriff's office, Mrs. Krogstad was awakened by smoke and saw flames but first thought it was lightning. Mr. Krogstad was severely burned on his hands, arms and chest, but he saved the house.

• Verndale feed and poultry business changes hands and name

Mrs. Joe Weber reported in the Verndale news that Arvid Nelson of Aldrich and Darrell Nelson of Perham completed a deal with Clarence E. Anderson for the purchase of Andy's feed and poultry business in Verndale. They renamed the business Pine Lakes Feed and Produce.

• Sebeka girl leads "Little Round Hill" Queen contest

Jean Perkins of Sebeka led the pack of 44 contestants seeking the title of queen of the "Little Round Hill" centennial pageant. More than 300 residents were going to take part in the historical pageant during the Wadena County Fair in August.