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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 28, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Sign thieves could face jail time

Stealing a campaign sign could mean jail time and a fine.

"We have actually received a number of reports of stolen signs recently," Wadena Police Officer Pete Resch said.

Sign stealers could find themselves facing misdemeanor theft and trespassing charges.

• 105 years old and counting

It was 1899, and the United States had won Cuba its independence, the paper clip was invented and two little girls were born -- one in Wisconsin, the other in Minnesota. Neither suspected how long they would live, and 105 years later both are at Fair Oaks Lodge.

Vivian Lawrence Kelsey was born in Ironton, Wis., in July 1899. When Kelsey was 21 she married Roderick Townsend and had two children, Robert and Jeane (Zosel). Her piece of advice for living to be 105 is to be a little stubborn. "Just don't die," Kelsey said.

Alma Krueger Moser was born Oct. 3, 1899, in Ellsworth on the Minnesota-Iowa border. Moser doesn't have any family left, but she has adopted everyone at Fair Oaks Lodge. "I don't have any aches or pains," she said. "I believe in God, and I really believe he's taken care of me."

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 28, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Hwy. 10 bypass still on MnDOT back burner

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is standing as solidly as the Rock of Gibraltar on its position not to program a U.S. Highway 10 bypass for Wadena until sometime between 2011 and 2020. After a presentation to the Wadena City Council by MnDOT's Terry Humberg on Oct. 19, Councilman Toby Pierce commented, "I'll try not to kill [blame] the messenger, but it will be hard."

• Mother charged in child's death

Lisa Jayne Patchen, 28, Long Prairie, was charged in Todd County District Court with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the second degree, murder in the third degree and attempted murder in the third degree. Charges stem from an Oct. 24 incident in which Patchen's car, with her and her two daughters in it, went into Lake Latimer sometime around 10 a.m. Her 6-year-old daughter drowned as a result. Her 7-year-old daughter was airlifted in critical condition.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 1, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena Guard unit earns full company status

The Wadena National Guard unit has become a full company, following a recent change in status to Company A. According to Sgt. Chuck Reece, unit administrator, the previous title of Company A (-), a part of the 2nd Battalion 136th Infantry, indicated that part of Wadena's unit was located in Fergus Falls. Both units are now separate with the Fergus Falls unit referred to as Company E.

• Miss Wadena 1984

Miss Wadena pageant photos featured reigning Miss Minnesota Lauren Green with new Miss Wadena Leslie Lundquist, Miss Wadena 1983 Tracy Adams singing "I Am a Song, Sing Me," and Tammy Nitschke in the swimsuit competition.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 30, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Mayor proclaims Oct. 30 as date for Halloween

Wadena is going all out in its support of the Indians in their play-off with Albany, Central Gopher League champions, at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Michigan Field. Wadena's Mayor Milt Gaslin has proclaimed Thursday night as Halloween rather than Friday, Oct. 31, so that no one will miss out on goblins and ghosts, tricks and treats, and can still cheer the mid-state 1969 co-champions as they battle Albany.

• Area women urged to mail employment questionnaire

A prominent producer of garments is interested in locating in Wadena with the main consideration being the availability of women employees. Women are urged to mail in their immediate response to an employment survey to the Wadena Industrial Development Corporation. This garment industry will pay $1.60 per hour with bonuses for additional piece work.

• News will be published

The purchase of new equipment and the staff's learning to use it may cause delay in publishing some articles. Bear with us, your news will be published.

• A.G. Swindlehurst, Wadena pioneer and historian, passes away

Alvah G. Swindlehurst, Wadena's historian and editor, came home to his eternal rest last Saturday, October 25th, to rejoin the family of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Swindlehurst Sr. at peace with themselves and the world through eternity. He was neither saint nor sinner within the full meaning of those words, but just a plain "country newspaperman."

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 3, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Trio fined $450, lose car for deer shining

A trap, carefully laid by nine game wardens, resulted Saturday morning in the arrest of three men on charges of deer shining. The trio paid fines totalling $450 in court here Monday, besides having their car confiscated. Two of the men, Everett Sowers, 24, and Leonard Sowers, 20, were from Verndale. The early morning arrest came after a wild automobile chase over country roads in the eastern part of Wadena County, during which the illegally shot deer was thrown from the fleeing automobile and then nearly escaped when it jumped from the arms of one of the game wardens who had picked it up.

• Bobcat trapped by Huntersville farmer

Another specimen of Wadena County's wildlife turned up Saturday when Henry Peterson of Huntersville Township trapped a 35-pound bobcat. Several farmers in that vicinity had lost sheep, and others had been severely scratched, so Mr. Peterson's catch will no doubt stop such depredations.

• Not even a soaped window ... Kids are well-behaved

"Write a nice story about how well-behaved the kids were Hallowe'en night," Police Officer Mike Mueller told the Pioneer Journal Tuesday morning.

Much of the credit for keeping the kids away from the paths of destruction is due the sponsors of many public and private parties. The Legionnaires program and the Boy Scout carnival each drew large crowds.

And -- praises be -- there wasn't a soaped window in the business district Tuesday morning. If there was, no one on the police force saw it.

• Globetrotters to be here Monday

The famed Harlem Globetrotters are scheduled to meet the Wadena Jaycee Independents at 8 p.m. Monday night in Memorial Auditorium.