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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 16, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Phosphate war waged at plant

Dishwasher detergent and other products could cost Wadena residents $40,000 more annually if phosphorus isn't removed from drains.

• Couple shares lesson

Murlyn and Ruth Pudas want to share a lesson they learned after a trip to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning.

"The moral of the story is if you don't have a carbon monoxide detector, install one, and if you have one trust it," Murlyn said.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 16, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• What's hot for toys this season

This year, it seems, Pokemon will top the lists of "things to get" as the Japanese card game reaches its height of popularity. "We have Pokemon paraphernalia throughout the store," Wadena Pamida Manager Bob Dreger said, "but the cards have really been selling. We can't keep them in stock."

• Fair board opts for free fair in 2000

Members of the Wadena County Ag Society met Dec. 9 and decided unanimously to eliminate the gate charge at the annual Wadena County Fair.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 20, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• DAC goes caroling

"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and other Christmas carols were shared by participants from Sebeka's Day Activity Center. The carolers made their rounds in Wadena Tuesday forenoon singing at the courthouse, Shady Lane and other locations. According to a DAC employee, the annual caroling has become a tradition that is anticipated and enjoyed by all who participate.

• Competitors lose; turkey plant to remain in Pelican

After months of negotiations and heated competition with other area cities, Wadena was informed Wednesday morning that the proposed West Central Turkey expansion will be built near the current facility in Pelican Rapids.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 18, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Plan ahead when calling relatives in Vietnam

Telephone users here were advised today to plan ahead if they want to talk to relatives or friends stationed in Vietnam during the coming holiday season. "It is generally easier for a serviceman to call home than for his family to try reaching him in Vietnam," Gordon Lundeen, Northwestern Bell Telephone Company manager, said.

• Five Hi Mom! winners named

Those two wonderful words, "Hi Mom," will be heard by five mothers in this area from their servicemen throughout the world as a result of the Communications Workers of America's contest staged by Local 7219. Winners were Mrs. Richard Westergren Sr., Bertha, whose son, Richard Jr., is in Korea serving in the AF; Mrs. Irgonlenz of Parkers Prairie whose son, Robert, is a Marine medic in Vietnam; Mrs. Hubert Smith, Eagle Bend, whose son, Pfc. Robert Smith, is in Germany; Mrs. Howard Witthuhn of Wadena whose son Pfc. Jack Witthuhn is serving in Vietnam; and Mrs. Fred Derkey of Perham whose son, James, is serving with the AF overseas.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 22, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Successful 'Empty Stocking' campaign nets $201

One of the most successful "Empty Stocking" fund campaigns in the 22-year history of this local charity came to a close this year with $201.43 in cash donations and hundreds of dollars worth of food, clothing and toys. The Rev. Robert Kurtz, local Sunday school missionary, was assigned the task of buying and packaging of gifts and will take to the road this weekend to play Santa at scores of homes within a 20-mile radius of Wadena.

• Burt H. Pettit, Pioneer of Wadena County, dies at 91

The rapidly thinning ranks of Wadena County's pioneer citizens lost another member Monday in the death of Burt H. Pettit, president of the Pettit Grain and Potato Co. of Verndale and a resident of the county since 1880. He was 91 years, 10 months and 11 days old.