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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 16, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Guard unit headed to Iraq

Veterans embraced soldiers about to be deployed as the Wadena VFW officially adopted Wadena's National Guard Unit before they leave for Iraq in October. The A Company 1st Battalion got its orders about two weeks ago, and plans are in motion for the soldiers to leave.

Spc. Bill Hanson of Nevis said he comes from a long line of soldiers including a great-uncle who survived the Bataan Death March.

Melony Butler, whose husband, Blaine, was being deployed, said one of the hardest things about her husband being gone is knowing all of the things he will miss when he's gone.

"The milestones of daily life and that extra support," she said. "On the other hand, you also know that as a wife of a Guard soldier that this can happen. My mom says you can't pick when you're patriotic."

• Dog park to open in Wadena

A new dog park at Sunnybrook Park could be ready this weekend, said Public Works Director Ron Bucholz. The park idea originated a few months ago when Connie Hall, a Wadena County Humane Society Board member, said there was a dog bark where her son lives in Arizona and thought it would be a good idea for Wadena.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 16, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• From house of worship to home

Roger and Luann Westerberg of Nimrod were transforming the old Nimrod Christian & Missionary Alliance Church they purchased to use as a shop into their new home after fire destroyed their home in January.

• Former Wadena woman joins N.D. highway patrol

Wadena-Deer Creek graduate Naomi (White) Bender became one of seven women in the North Dakota State Highway Patrol, which Bender said is one of the top 10 departments in the country. Bender is the daughter of Sole Henrikson and Gene White of Wadena and her husband, Greg, is the son of Ron and Judy Bender of Wadena. Greg is a registered nurse and the couple has two children.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 20, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Area residents thrilled to see pope

Three bus loads of people traveled from Wadena to see Pope John Paul II at a Mass in Winnepeg Saturday. Lucy Andrie found the whole experience very profound. "As he went by, I wanted to touch him," she said. "I was thrilled to be so close to him. He is the leader of our faith. He is a beautiful person. He has a certain something; charisma, that radiates a sincere love and concern for people."

• Johnson Memorial Home celebrates 90 years

Johnson Memorial Home of Wadena under the leadership of Jerry Johnson recently marked their 90th year of service to the community. The addition of Jon and Henry Johnson should guarantee it will celebrate many more anniversaries in the future.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 18, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Popularity of Crow Wing River

A reprinted Minneapolis Tribune article said: "Nimrod, Minn. -- This tiny north central Minnesota community perhaps is best known as the home of Minnesota Twins Pitcher Dick Stigman. But it is becoming increasingly popular among canoeing enthusiasts attracted by the varied experiences offered by the Crow Wing River."

• Football training table part of home ec unit

Do football and home economics mix? Yes, said Mrs. Doris Waisanen, senior high home economics instructor. Contrary to TV ads it takes more than a bowl of breakfast cereal to provide the nutrients needed to keep a football player going for four quarters at top speed. Twenty-two senior boys are in the last period home economics class, four are members of the Wadena grid squad.

With Tim Hall in charge, the football foursome prepared the Friday meal before the bus ride to Pelican Rapids. The food lab was the first in a series of learning experiences for the boys home ec class, a new class at Wadena High School. If the game was any indication the lab was a success. The Indians won 28-14.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 22, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Radio repairman gets TV

A few months ago Jim Cash, radio repairman in Wadena, toyed with the idea of getting a television set, but a good many "experts" told him to forget it--it couldn't be received here, what with the nearest television stations being in Minneapolis. But Cash is a persistent cuss. So he got himself a set, bought the material for an 87-foot tower and antennae, and some "boosters" that he knew would be necessary for receiving television here. A couple of weeks ago Jim got the tower erected and sat down to enjoy some baseball games and other video entertainment. And by golly he IS enjoying them. Clear as a bell most of the time, too.

• Mills youth dies in car crash

Eino Pesola, 22, of New York Mills was fatally injured in car crash Tuesday night while he and his brother Gus, 28, were enroute to their farm home from the football game in Wadena. According to reports, Eino, who was driving, tried to stop suddenly to avoid hitting a cow in the road. He apparently lost control of the car, was thrown out the door and the car rolled over him. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pesola of the Heinola community.