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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 23, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Suspect shot after pursuit

A pursuit through Cass and Wadena counties on Monday evening ended with gunshots and a 23-year-old Staples man airlifted to the hospital, authorities said. Luke David Johnson is a suspect in a Friday armed robbery in Motley among other crimes across central Minnesota and law enforcement have been attempting to locate Johnson since then, authorities said.

• City votes to sell land known as 'the Village'

The city will sell two lots in the area of King Avenue and Ninth Street Southwest that nearby residents hoped would be a permanent park. A group of about 10 people asked the area be designated a park at the Dec. 15 city council meeting. Council members voted 4-1 to sell the lots, saying the property is prime building land and the city needs the income from the sale and having the lots on the tax roll.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 23, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Lighting up Wadena

Judges chose the display by the Jim Stoneman family, at 942 Greenwood Ave. N.W., as the winner of the annual Wadena Jaycees house lighting contest.

• Christmas Through a Child's Eyes

Wadena-Deer Creek fifth-graders Erin Pederson, Jessica Schmitz and Sasha Koljonen placed first, second and third respectively in the "Christmas Through a Child's Eyes" drawing contest in the PJ.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 25, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• The toy maker: Kent Scheer shares his art with a new generation

Growing up in an artistic family, it was only natural for Kent Scheer of Wadena to also pursue art. His mother was a junior high school art teacher. Recently, Kent also did some teaching with the third through sixth-graders at Wadena Elementary School. Although he specializes in carving dolls, puppets and carnival figures, when he is in school he makes simpler toys using everyday materials.

• Lefse party began with Chuck Sartell

For many years now, Sartells and their friends have had a yearly lefse party. It began with Chuck and Dolores, but for the past seven years it has been passed on to their son, Dan, and his friends. Dolores still sticks around to supervise, though. It all takes place in back of the cheese shop.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 25, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Sale of Sebeka Co-op Creamery proposed; shows developing dairy crisis

Sebeka's Cooperative Creamery, once rated as the biggest single cooperative operation in the state, has called a meeting of the stockholders for Jan. 24 to vote on a proposal to sell the entire operation to Land O' Lakes. President Chas. Nikkari of the Board of Directors states that the sale is prompted by the fact that "modern dairy methods of processing milk is rapidly making the local operation obsolete, and that the creamery board has unanimously approved the sale while the plant still has market value."

• Wadena grad visits parents on around the world tour

Roger Gedde, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gedde of Wadena and working in Kalgoorie, Western Australia, paid his parents a surprise visit here last week while on an around the world trip. Roger is a 1955 Wadena High School graduate later earning his college degree at the U of M, Duluth. He gained his master's degree at Penn State and is a geologist for Mining Exploration-H.O. Seigal and Associates.

• Marriage licenses to take hike, Jan. 1

If you haven't applied for your marriage license yet, it takes a $5 hike Jan. 1, 1970. It will be a little more costly to tie the marital knot on the new year at $10. Even in marriage, there is no bargain.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 29, 1949 Pioneer Journal

• Hello girls had a busy session over Christmas

The post office wasn't the only place that experienced a "Christmas rush" last week. The girls at the telephone office had one, too -- and it set a new high in the number of local and long distance calls made through the exchange. The average number of long-distance calls each day is 575. During Christmas week (beginning Dec. 19) the daily average went up almost 100 calls a day -- to 671. Local calls went from 5,900 on an average Saturday to 7,611 the Saturday before Christmas.

• Welfare board to enforce 'relatives' responsibility

All welfare cases in Wadena County are being investigated to determine the ability of relatives to contribute. This is in accordance with the state law that requires legally responsible relatives contribute to the support of persons applying for or receiving Aid to the Blind, Aid to Dependent Children, Old Age Assistance and general relief.

• Former Wadena art teacher is creating bust of Pope Pius

Former Wadena High School art teacher Otto Dahlman last week returned from Rome, Italy, where he sculpted a bust of Pope Pius XII.

Otto had an audience with the Pope, according to his letter to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Belke of Bertha, in the Pope's summer residence at the Vatican. He said the Pope was very kind and gracious to him. He also wrote that he found Italy a very nice place, but that it is backward in farming