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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 25, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Workers want pay change

A group of county supervisors and other non-union employees is asking for more than $218,000 combined in raises for 2005. In a letter to the Wadena County Board, the 14 employees said their wage and benefit package should be equal to similar and proportional positions at the social services department, which are based on the Minnesota Merit System.

• Bluffton says 'no' to planned halfway house

Bluffton residents stood firm in their opposition to a proposed halfway house after a second meeting with staff members of Rewind Inc., a faith-based treatment program. The Bluffton City Council had a special meeting Tuesday night to consider a proposal by Larry Refsland, executive director of Rewind, and his staff.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 25, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• City residents 'flamingoed'

Youth at Immanuel Lutheran Church raised money to attend a national youth gathering by infiltrating local yards with flocks of pink flamingoes. Residents were charged a small removal fee.

• Wiese wins cookbook contest

Michele Wiese, Verndale, won the PJ's Christmas Cookbook contest with her recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 27, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• Two women die in Thanksgiving night house fire

A mother and daughter were killed in a house fire Thanksgiving night. Helmi Laine, 95, of rural route 3 Wadena, and her daughter Martha, 60, of Roseville, were apparently overcome by smoke when Helmi's home started on fire.

• Addition to elementary school approved

More space for the Wadena Elementary School took a step closer to becoming a reality last Tuesday night when the school board approved a proposal for approximately 7,500 additional square feet of classroom and library space.

• Verndale special ed instructor struck by vehicle

Linda Johnson Ferguson, 45, a Verndale special education instructor, was struck by a vehicle while Christmas shopping Nov. 23 in Brainerd. Ms. Ferguson was taken by ambulance to the Brainerd hospital and was later transferred to St. Cloud hospital were she died of injuries suffered in the accident.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 27, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Mrs. Jaycees to coordinate Empty Stocking Talent Program

The Wadena Mrs. Jaycees, for the third straight year, have agreed to assist the Pioneer Journal and KWAD Radio with the Empty Stocking Fund Talent Program by coordinating the talent presentations.

• Thanksgiving proclamation

Gov. Harold LaVander issued a proclamation saying: "As another year draws to a close, let us set aside a special day for thanks and prayer. ... In order that we may properly observe a day of penitence and thanksgiving, I hereby proclaim Thursday, November 17, 1969, as Thanksgiving Day and I urge all Minnesotans to attend their respective houses of worship to carry out the purpose of this Holy Day."

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 1, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Merickel Mills' fame spreads far and wide

The Harry Merickel Lumber Mills is the mecca for hundreds of veterans, home builders, and farmers from all parts of the Upper Midwest who come to take advantage of the genuinely low-cost housing materials and plans which the company furnishes to any man willing to build his own home with his hands. When the post-war period came, with its crying need for more and more housing, this depression-born industry had first-hand knowledge of its problems -- for among the returning vets were the three stalwart Merickel sons, twins Jim and Jack, and Tom, all three of whom are now associated with the business.

• New National Guard Unit activated Monday

With the activation of the 114th Transportation Truck company in Memorial Auditorium Monday night, the Minnesota National Guard completed its post-war reorganization. Eighteen enlisted men and two officers were sworn into the new unit at Monday night's ceremony.

• Jaycee 'Toy Movie' to be held on Saturday

Children of Wadena and the surrounding community are invited to another free movie at the Cozy Theatre Saturday afternoon -- admission price to which is a broken or discarded toy. This is the fourth annual event sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce to gather a supply of toys to be repaired and distributed to needy children at Christmas time.