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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 7, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Meth crimes fill up jail

A few weeks ago, nine of 24 inmates were in the Wadena County Jail on meth-related charges. About a week ago, there were three, according to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. The number varies week to week, but it usually makes up a good portion of the inmates, said Sheriff Mike Carr. The jail capacity is 26 inmates.

• Husband pastors church full time

The Rev. John Husband became the full-time vicar at St. Helen's Episcopal Church Sept. 1. Before then, he worked half time at the church for about three years, dividing his time with St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Bemidji.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 7, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Dobson sentenced

Terry Lynn Dobson, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kill her husband in August, was sentenced Tuesday in Wadena County District Court after her plea agreement was accepted by the court. She was committed to the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections for 15 years, but the execution of the sentence was stayed and Dobson will serve 365 days in the Wadena County Jail where she will have Sentence to Serve privileges. She gets no credit for time served. She is eligible for a reduction in her sentence once her $85 fine is paid.

• County Road 4 to see higher speed limit

The Wadena County Board approved raising the speed limit on County Highway 4 from 40 miles per hour to 50 after Engineer Russ Larson informed them Oct. 5 the Minnesota Department of Transportation requested the county approve an increase.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 11, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Commissioners set 1985 tax levy

The Wadena County Board approved a 13.272 percent tax levy increase for taxes payable in 1985. The tax levy is a $168,339 increase over the 1984 adopted levy of $2,021,734.

• Wadena man killed in Colorado accident

Paul E. Miller, 20, oldest son of Dale and Elizabeth (Loween) Miller, Wadena, and a 1982 Thief River Falls graduate, died unexpectedly Oct. 3 in Loveland, Colo., where he was employed by Loveland Food Continental grain company when the motorcycle he was riding was struck from the side by a pickup truck.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 9, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• College classes a possibility in Wadena

Junior college officials, including the Minnesota State Junior College chancellor along with Fergus Falls State Junior College President Wesley Waage, met recently with a group of Wadena citizens to explore the possibility of providing freshmen and sophomore college courses in the late afternoon and evening in Wadena Public Schools.

• Lightning strikes area

Heavy rains occurred Saturday and Sunday with sharp blasts of lightning Saturday. Wadena's fire department was called to the Melvin Kern farm east of Wadena when lightning apparently struck a large pile of hay bales. No farm buildings were damaged and no one was injured. Lightning struck the stove of Robert Larson on Ash Avenue in Wadena but did not blow a fuse. Mrs. Lyle Downer was severely burned Saturday afternoon while talking on the telephone. Lightning struck the telephone and blew it up in her face. She has a broken ear drum and other facial injuries.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 13, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Jake has tame bear; not too tame, however

Jake at E.R. Jacobson's filling station on U.S. Highway 10 bought a cub from a trucker who went through town the other day, and the 50-pound animal is now chained up alongside the filling station. The trucker had intended to take the cub home to his children but decided a Minneapolis apartment was no place for a bear, so he sold it.

"It'll eat candy right out of your hand," Jake said when asked about the bear's disposition. "But don't get careless -- he's big enough to take your hand, too."

• Pederson celebrates 34 years as Oylen correspondent

The "Our Town with the Editor" section said: We toss our bokay of okays to a member of the Pioneer Journal family, our Oylen correspondent, Mrs. Anna Pederson, who is rounding out 34 years as a writer for this family journal. "News is not always easy to get, try as hard as we may, but it is a hobby now and I would be lonesome without this work to do," Mrs. Pederson said.

Country news such as Mrs. Pederson writes is the warp and woof of a newspaper like the Pioneer Journal and all the country weeklies throughout the land. We know that we can speak for every editor of every hometown newspaper in a word of praise for the busy women on the farm who, through their work as country correspondents, make a vital contribution to that great force for freedom, the American newspaper.

Pederson's news that week included: The M.S. Circle meets Thursday, October 20, with Mrs. Richard Nanik. The circle has met at the cabin all summer but now that the weather is getting colder the meetings will be at the homes.

Joe Nanik and son Richard motored to Dalton last Friday, returning Saturday.

• Don't fear skunk, he's family

The "Our Town with the Editor" section said: If you happen to be strolling downtown some evening and come face to face with a real live skunk, don't get excited. It's the pet of Mrs. Ralph Doggett. The Doggetts got the skunk as a present from Dr. Don Baker, the veterinarian who worked during the summer with Doc Dunne. Dr. Baker, who has returned to school at Ames, Iowa, deodorized the animal as an experiment and then presented it to Mrs. Doggett. Naturally, the skunk has been named "Stinker" and is now quite accepted in the Doggett household.