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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 14, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Borealis Books opens in Wadena

Borealis Books opened this week on Jefferson Street in time to serve up gently used books, coffee and collectibles. Owner Laura Spilman previously started a bookstore in the Village Emporium to test and see if there was enough interest.

• Counting his blessings

With a mixture of humor, strength and sweetness, Rod Imsande of New York Mills is making his way down the path of a disease without a cure -- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- making sure he doesn't miss the tiniest bit of everyday life. Imsande will not allow one day to go by without counting God's blessings in his life and sharing his message.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 14, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Bomb threat closes Verndale school

"Tell them Verndale School will be blown up at 10 a.m.," an anonymous caller yelled into the phone on the morning of Oct. 7.

A Bertha cafe received the anonymous call and immediately informed Todd County authorities who in turn contacted the Wadena County Sheriff's Department. Gary Kuhn of the Verndale Police Department was one of the first to respond. "We did a complete search of the building, found it to be safe, and school resumed at 10:15 a.m.," Kuhn said.

• All aboard: Trackside Restaurant and Lounge is fired up

After nearly three months the Trackside Restaurant and Lounge on U.S. Highway 10 west has opened under the practiced hands of Victor and Cecelia Tejada and the Olson family.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 16, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Displaced homemakers advisor sought

The Displaced Homemaker Program of the Minnesota Department of Economic Security is seeking new members for the Statewide Displaced Homemaker Advisory Council. Displaced homemakers are homemakers whose financial support has decreased because of death of a spouse, divorce, separation or other loss of family income. The Minnesota Displaced Homemaker Program seeks to help homemakers re-enter the labor market.

• Gender Gap: Women earn less because they marry

Becci M. Breining, public affairs director for the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, argued that gender discrimination in the workplace is largely a myth, and that women, on average, earn less than men because they interrupt their careers for marriage and family and choose jobs that pay less.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 16, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Schmith is Homecoming queen

Miss Jackie Schmith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Schmith, surprised and tearful, was proclaimed 1969 Wadena High School Homecoming queen. Queen Jackie nearly wilted when it was announced she was the new queen but quickly regained her composure.

• Early pioneer and former PJ editor is gravely ill

Alvah G. Swindlehurst suffered a stroke last Thursday at the hospital home in Bemidji. He went into a coma from which little hope is entertained for his recovery. As an editor here, he joined the Pioneer Journal when he and his brother sold their Wadena Pioneer to the Pioneer Journal and he became its local editor until his appointment as Registrar of the U.S. Land Office in Cass Lake in 1913, until it was abolished.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 20, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Boy recovering from accidental gunshot wound

Nicky Breuer, 15, is in Wesley Hospital recovering from a serious bullet wound received when he was accidentally shot by a 12-year-old companion at the north edge of town at noon last Thursday. The shooting was the result of a prank and the two 12-year-old boys who where with young Breuer at the time will be taken before juvenile court today. A police investigation revealed that the injured Wadena boy had just crossed Union Creek near the Brookside Motel when he was struck in the stomach by a .22 bullet at a distance of about 125 feet. One of the lads admitted he had fired the gun into the water near Nicky to "scare" him. Apparently the bullet ricocheted off the water, struck the lad in his side, went through his liver and spleen and lodged in his back. He was in critical condition for some time, although he is now out of danger.

• Police drive aimed at motorcycles, firearms

The Wadena Police Department issued a warning this week against the carrying or shooting of firearms within the city limits, and also warned that motorcyclists who disturb the peace by loudly "gunning" their machines also will be arrested.