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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 5, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Carolyn Richter shares rhubarb slush recipe

Carolyn Richter shared her recipe for the rhubarb slush she served to 1,000 people when the Multiple Sclerosis TRAM stopped at the Richter farm.

"We always have more rhubarb than we know what to do with," she said.

Her recipe requires two quarts rhubarb, two quarts water, two cups sugar, and a 6-ounce package of cherry Jell-O. Boil rhubarb and water. Strain and save juice. Add other ingredients and freeze. Fill glass about 1/3 full and finish filling glasses with 7-Up.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 5, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Babcock crowned Miss Wadena

Bethany Babcock was crowned the new Miss Wadena Friday evening at Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Bethany is the daughter of Steve and Linda Babcock.

• School starts before Labor Day

A 1997 statute that changed a long-standing law prohibiting schools from starting before Labor Day allowed for a Sept. 1 first day of school. Labor Day was Sept. 6. Wadena parents expressed concern about the effect this would have on vacation plans.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 9, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena women oppose Jaycee merger

The Minnesota Jaycee Women voted to oppose a potential merger with the United States Jaycee Corporation at their convention July 14 in Fergus Falls. Diane Peters, one of more than 30 Wadena women who belong to the Minnesota Women Jaycees, said the men's and women's versions of the group can offer more training and reach more people on their own. Also, two people can learn about being president, she said.

• Milk named official state drink

The Minnesota Legislature made milk the official state drink as of Aug. 1.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 7, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Cattle killed in separate accidents

Two of Arnie Breid's cattle were struck by a car driven by Luther Barnes, 72, of Hewitt, when Breid was herding 22 head home to pasture. The cattle were later destroyed, according to the highway patrol.

Chris Fink of rural Verndale lost four Holstein milk cows recently when they were struck by lightening.

• $202,680 in bids awarded for fire hall/ police station

General construction for the combination fire hall and police station was awarded for $136,700. Plumbing, ventilation, air-conditioning was awarded for $33,780 and electrical was awarded for $32,000. The fire hall will have room for seven fire trucks.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 4, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Animal, vegetable freaks reported

Among a litter of nine pigs born Monday night on the Arthur Breid farm four miles south of town was a pig without a nose. The pig was healthy in other respects and the Breids kept it alive throughout the day by feeding it with a spoon, but it died Tuesday.

The vegetable freak is a two-in-one radish brought to the Pioneer Journal office by Mrs. Guy Olson of Sebeka ... a red and a white radish grown together.

• Wadena protests curb in rail service

Wadena joined other towns along the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railways in protesting a curtailment of Saturday service asked by both railroads. The railroads made the request to comply with a 40-hour work week for rail union employees. The Great Northern maintained that the revenue from Saturday business does not meet the cost of operation.

• Milaca trucker critically burned in Staples fire

Harry Mathison, 36, of Milaca, was critically burned in one of the worst fires in Staples history yesterday when a gasoline explosion in a bulk station enveloped the man in flames.