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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 18, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena-area soldiers see first week in field

Captain Mike Pazdernik of the Wadena National Guard Unit wrote in his column: "We just completed our first week in the field (in New Jersey). It was cold, but we have been lucky so far and only had one day of rain. We're lucky we're from Minnesota and have an understanding about how to deal with living out in the cold. There is a unit here from Arizona and they haven't figured out how to handle the fact that the mud puddles are frozen in the morning."

• Teacher soldier

Teacher Mandy Iveland receives a hug Friday at an assembly as Wadena-Deer Creek High School students bid her farewell. She is being deployed to Iraq as part of the National Guard.

• Forcier wins big buck contest

Jared Forcier of Verndale won $100 in the PJ's Big Buck Contest when he registered a 17-point buck at Carr's in Verndale Nov. 14.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 18, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Teacher shortage felt at WDC

As more and more teachers from the old school reach the age of retirement, administrators are looking toward the younger generation to fill their shoes but are coming up short. According to a recent study, within the next five years, Minnesota will have to replace 24,500 teachers, and it may be the smaller school districts that are hit hardest.

"I hold my breath every time we have a resignation or retirement," Wadena-Deer Creek Superintendent Earl Mathison admitted.

• A cruel joke from 'Way Back When'

The "Way Back When" column, compiled by the Wadena County Historical Society, included 100-year-old news from a Nov. 17, 1899 Pioneer Journal. One excerpt read: A young lady played a rather cruel joke on her mother. She found a letter which her father had written to her mother during their courting days. While reading the letter out loud to her mother, she substituted her own name and her lover's name. When she finished reading the letter, the mother raged about and demanded that the daughter stop seeing the young man who would write such sickening nonstuff. The girl gave the letter to her mother to read and suddenly the house became so quiet one could hear the grass growing in the backyard.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 22, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Dan Fisher is Miss Tootsie 1984

Dressed in a full-length evening gown, high-heeled shoes, wig and earrings, Dan Fisher as "Betsy" was crowned the first-ever Miss Tootsie at the Verndale Parent-Teacher Association contest Friday night. Eight of that community's most curvaceous candidates attracted an appreciative 200-member audience. All appeared on stage, strutting their stuff, making the usual quarter turns giving the judges time to score their cards. Contestant Tom Yule as "Miss Angela" was pictured decked out with a long skirt, plunging neckline and matching accessories.

• New Chamber of Commerce manager

There's a new face around Wadena, one that is bound to be seen often. As the new Wadena Chamber manager, Rick Hansen hails from Little Falls where he has lived for most of his life.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 20, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Two Wadena companies are burglarized

Burglars struck businesses in Wadena, Deer Creek and Long Prairie Wednesday night, Nov. 12, according to the police department. Wadena businesses burglarized included the Wadena Bottling Company and the Wadena Builders Supply both on Highway 10 west.

• Gender-specific want ads

Wanted -- man to work in service station.

Male help wanted/ Apply in person/ Farmers Hatchery Co.

Do you have mechanical ability? We are looking for a young man with some mechanical experience and ability to handle our maintenance and set up. Minnetonka Laboratories.

Waitress wanted Palace Cafe/ Apply in person.

Wanted -- mature woman for housecleaning one day a week.

Wanted -- 4 ladies to help with Christmas rush of business.

Wanted -- mature woman for part-time baby sitting.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 24, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Newspaper woman, working in Germany, tells of impressions there

Mrs. Glenn Parson has spent the past two years in Berlin, Germany, with the radio division of the information services, U.S. State Department. She was a guest in the home of her sister-in-law and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lartz, from Saturday until Tuesday.

Mrs. Parson's principal impression of the conditions in Germany is the remarkable recovery made by the people -- particularly in Berlin where she and her husband have been working for the U.S. government. Prior to going to Germany, Mrs. Parson was with the Voice of America during the war years, and before that she was a newspaper worker in New York City. Her husband was assistant news editor of the New York Daily News for 11 years before going overseas.

• Empty Stocking Fund has $9

Again this year, Mabel Boyd of the Post Office force was the first person to contribute to the Empty Stocking Fund when she gave a $2 check. This was followed by a $7 anonymous cash donation.