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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 4, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Habitat hands over house keys

Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity handed over the keys to its 20th home in the last 10 years on Saturday in Wadena to the Luqman and Viyan Maii family at 304 Bryant Ave. S.E. The Maiis are immigrants from Kurdistan, but they feel at home in Wadena.

"All of my life I was running away," Luqman said. "Finally I was lucky enough to make it to the United States. I feel at home among you people -- thank you very much."

• Businesses open in old bank

The McCullough brothers, of rural Wadena, opened TRX paintball business at 6 Bryant St. S.W. next door to their mom Cindy McCullough's new ScrapNook scrapbooking business that she opened with Kim Beiswenger at 123 S. Jefferson St.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 4, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Tricking vs. treating

Although no culprits have been nabbed and no serious harm was done, the city of Wadena was plagued by pranksters over the Halloween holiday. It started on Oct. 26 when three pumpkins were taken from a yard on Garfield Avenue Southwest and smashed on the sidewalk and didn't end, so far, until Nov. 1. Pumpkin smashing was the thing to do, although a little toilet papering and egg throwing were also on the agenda.

• Iraqi teacher brings a world of ideas to WDC

Wadena-Deer Creek students will gain first-hand insight into an Iraqi woman's culture through the school's participation in the Rural MN CEP Program. Viyan S. Hussein, a former Arabic high school teacher in Iraq, moved to the United States three years ago in a marriage opportunity to an Iraqi-American. The couple moved to Wadena last August. Hussein has been assisting Robert Saxton in his world languages classes as well as in Jean Weinzierl's fourth-grade class and Julie Karger's LD/EBD classes since September.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 8, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena County votes for Reagan

On the presidential ballot incumbent Ronald Reagan received 4,404 votes to Walter Mondale's 2,454 in Wadena County.

• Our readers write: more humor, less gossip

Dear editor: I would like to know why you do not have a comic section in your paper? I feel you would get more readers if you had a comic section because more young people would be reading the paper. Also, I think it's nice to read something humorous and different instead of all the gossip found in your paper. Thank you for your time. Joe Gorghuber, Wadena

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 6, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena leads state in per capita sales honors for years

Wadena merchants continue to lead in per capita retail sales in central and northern Minnesota, according to U.S. Department of Commerce retail trade census. Redwood Falls continues to rank second statewide. Wadena has been a perennial winner of per capita sales honors since Redwood Falls held that plume way back in 1937.

• Hulting reported missing

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hulting of this city have received word that their son, Bruce, a lieutenant in the Naval Air Corps, is listed missing in a plane over Puerto Rico.

• Wadena buddies meet in Vietnam

While attending radar school near Wong Long, Vietnam, Pfc. Jack Witthuhn met his friend, Sp/4 Ray Rentz near Long Binh. Stationed nearby was another schoolmate, Pfc. Ronald Horn. The trio spent several hours discussing the many good times they had while home in Wadena and the ones they expect to have when back on the "block" or back in the "world" as they call it.

• Do you want day care centers?

The Community Action Council in New York Mills is trying to find out what the needs are of low-income people in Otter Tail and Wadena counties and would like to know how people feel about day care centers. A day care center is a place where young children can be brought and cared for by competent people so that the mother can be free for work or training.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 10, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Staples woman finds two-hearted chicken

There are some instances where "two hearts beat as one," but that is usually a case of love. Here is an entirely different story about two hearts beating as one. Mrs. Homer Green of Staples was cleaning chickens at her home and discovered that one of the chickens had two hearts. Both were perfectly formed with one exception. One was fastened to the liver, and this one had only one valve. The other was a perfect heart.

• Mrs. Kicker has Hallowe'en fun, too

Our Town with the Editor said: We read and hear a lot about the kids on Hallowe'en night, so perhaps you'll be interested in the hilarity enjoyed by a certain adult in Wadena. She's Mrs. Bill Kicker. Kids coming to the Kicker home for twicks or tweats never know what they're going to meet -- an old witch dressed up to scare the daylights out of the unfamiliar ones -- or Mrs. Kicker dressed up to go with the kids on their rounds. Small of stature, Mrs. K has no trouble getting by as one of the kids. One of her prize costumes a couple of years ago, our spy reports, included a suit of man's winter underwear -- which she wore with the trap door swinging in the breeze!