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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 30, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Three face meth charges

Three people face controlled substance felony charges after law enforcement found about seven, 1-gram packages of methamphetamine in a Wadena home on Sept. 20, according to court documents. Members of the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force and Wadena police officers allegedly found the meth in a home on the 1400 block of North Jefferson Street.

• West Optical opens

Jim Lochli, 62, recently opened West Optical, an eyeglass manufacturing and repair business, in downtown Wadena.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 30, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena girl a national scholar

Maria Kraemer, a junior at Wadena-Creek High School, was named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholar program. Kraemer is one of fewer than 1 percent of the nation's high school seniors designated as semifinalists on a state representational basis.

• Hinkle, Uselman are homecoming royalty

Football co-captain Zach Hinkle and Jessica Uselman were crowned as Verndale School's Homecoming king and queen at Monday night's 1999 Pirate Homecoming coronation.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 4, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Local homecoming royalty

Verndale Homecoming Queen Michelle Anderson was crowned Monday night at the Verndale auditorium.

1984 Wadena Homecoming Queen Michelle Hanson was pictured riding on the Queen's float during the parade with Jenny Swenson, Kari Willis, Krista Boline and Pam Niehoff.

• Nimrod society news

Nimrod correspondent Mrs. Jack Stigman welcomed Donald and Delta to their new home in Nimrod's south side after moving from their farm home in Orton. She reported that Selena Warm attended the gathering of her birthday club at Ann Pickar's on Wednesday when several ladies came to help her remember her special day. Other news reported by Stigman included: Saturday evening company in the Harold Gilster home were Arnold Wolski, Lawrence and Marge Lux and Evelyn Gilster. Jack Stigman accompanied Kenney Loween to Fargo Wednesday where Jack entered St. John's Hospital for eye surgery Thursday. Ann Stigman and Bev Stigman of Perham brought him home Friday.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 2, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• New Baptist Church under construction

Hiawatha Baptist Mission began the construction of the new Southbrook Baptist Church a few days ago, according to Pastor King. It is expected within a few days the structure will be completed, as far as outside appearances. Friends and fellow pastors are coming from all points of a three-state area to work on the project. The Southbrook Baptist Church came into being two years ago as a home missionary effort of the Hiawatha Baptist Mission.

• Minnesota flag displayed in Vietnam

Two Wadena soldiers and 1966 classmates display a Minnesota State flag in Vietnam. Pictured were Spc. Ray Rentz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Williard Rentz, and Pfc. Ronald Horn, son of Mrs. Gloraine horn, both stationed near each other in Vietnam. Ron has been in Vietnam since July 7.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 6, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Tomorrow is 'D' Day ... wild ducks, that is!

Tomorrow morning's exodus of duck hunters from Wadena will leave the town's population numbering a plentiful supply of hunting widows, temporarily orphaned children, and a few old men past the age of 100 who aren't up to the rigors of the field anymore.

• A.M. Anderson rounds out 25 years on board

Something new in the annals of the county commissioners was observed in Wadena Tuesday afternoon when, during their regular meeting, board members pepped up the proceedings with a little shindig honoring A.M. Anderson, who has rounded out a quarter of a century as commissioner from the third district. Andy's record is all the more unusual because, during those 25 years, he hasn't missed a meeting.