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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 2, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Boys plead guilty to driver assault

Two juveniles pleaded guilty to first-degree assault after attacking a transport driver from the Moorhead juvenile detention center June 7. The boys were caught by law enforcement after an all-day air and land search.

• Browne Foundation gives out $607,571 in five years

Over the past five years the Jack and Alvida Browne Foundation has doled out $607,571.24 to some 17 organizations for projects that range from equipment to helping with Leaf River Habitat for Humanity houses.

• Wolden files for re-election and three file for two open seats

Incumbent Mayor Wayne Wolden filed for re-election. Incumbent Mark Fillhouer and challengers Pete Phillips and Kay Browne filed for the two, four-year city council seats. Incumbent Dennis Reger did not file for re-election.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 2, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Family gives $1 million to community

The Jack and Alvida Browne family donated $1 million to create a foundation whose purpose is "to help make Wadena and even better place to live and an even better place to raise a family," Jack Browne said.

• WDC, Verndale student numbers down

The preliminary enrollment numbers are in, and local schools are seeing a drop in enrollment. According to Wadena-Deer Creek Superintendent Earl Mathison, enrollment numbers have been on the decline for years.

As of July 19, K-6 numbers for the 1999-2000 school year were at 676, which means about 30 fewer students will be attending elementary school this year. The high school is down from 764 in spring 1998 to 724 when last reported in March 1999.

Verndale School also predicts a decrease in enrollment.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 6, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Blaze causes $250,000 damage at Hansen's Wood Shed

A fire of unknown origin caused an estimated $250,000 in damage at Hansen's Wood Shed, located west of Wadena in Compton Township, according to Fire Chief John Edinger.

• Road construction offers unique work experience for women

For many housewives, the prospect of "working out" is often a welcomed treat. A job outside the home offer the chance for personal satisfaction and a break from the rigors of housewife and mother activities.

These outside jobs generally take the form of office, clerical or store-related work. Stereotypically at least, that's what most people think of.

How many people would consider the likelihood of a working mother being employed with a construction crew?

Jeannie Peterson, Verndale, and Carol McLaughlin are two women who decided to defy the norms. Both work for Anderson Construction Company.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 4, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Two airmen and a family of six killed in crash

Airmen Joseph Herold, 23, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sebert C. Carroll, 19, Longacre W.V., were killed instantly in a head-on crash three miles west of Wadena early in the morning of Aug. 27. A Michigan family of six in a station wagon were also killed.

• Attendance takes no large jump as school opens

Wadena School Superintendent Ted Tofte reported that attendance was 844 in the elementary grades, 507 in junior high school and 449 in the senior high school. The total figure of 1,790 is only slightly larger than last year.

Verndale Superintendent W.A. Gimmestad reported attendance at 518 for kindergarten through 12th grade, an increase of nine students over last year.

Sister Ann Notch, St. Ann's principal, reported attendance at 292 for the school.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 1, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Street race, accident land youths in court

Two Wadena teenage boys will appear in juvenile court today because of a wild driving escapade that ended in an automobile accident on Second Street Southwest Tuesday afternoon. Residents of that part of town have been aroused for a long time over the wild driving in that section, and Tuesday's episode crystallized opinion for drastic police action in all future cases of that kind.

• Residents protest Cottingham refuge

An overwhelming protest was registered by 19 Bullard Township farmers at a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to the establishment of a game refuge at Cottingham Park. The hearing was conducted by Taylor Huston, a supervisor for the State Department of Conservation.

Farmer Joe Nanik said, I have "fields near the river, and I believe that I would be planting crops merely to feed the game."

Mrs. Grondahl said too many city people signed the petition asking for the refuge and questioned why landowners weren't questioned before plans were made.

Only one man, County Commissioner Albert Lehmann appeared in favor of the refuge.

• No objections to Black's Grove refuge

No objections against the establishment of a game refuge at Black's Grove were raised when a public hearing was held Tuesday evening at the Bluffton hall. The hearing was conducted by Taylor Huston, a supervisor for the State Department of Conservation.