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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 30, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena soldiers deploy

Wadena's soldiers have reached Kuwait, where they will spend two weeks before heading to their base in Iraq.

• School forms group for building study

The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board is forming committees to begin a feasibility study concerning the move of fifth and sixth grade students from Deer Creek to Wadena by 2006-07.

• St. Helen's to celebrate 100 years

St. Helen's Episcopal Church in Wadena is celebrating its 100th anniversary Dec. 29 with an evensong for the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 30, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• County is Y2K ready

"Phone companies are all ready. Don't pick up the phone at midnight and check for a dial tone (New Year's Eve)," Wayne Terry, Wadena County Emergency Management Director, cautioned, "or they will crash if everyone does it." In his last meeting with county commissioners before the New Year, Terry informed them that a lot of people will be on duty New Year's Eve, others on call.

• Olympic running-boar range coming to Wadena

The only privately owned Olympic-style shooting is coming to Wadena. The Knob Hill Sportsman's Club has recently gained funding from the state that will set the project in motion. When the running-boar range is completely installed, club members will be able to fire at 100, 75, 50 and 25 yards.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 1, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• 1984 in review: The photos

Mike and Jan Parta are congratulated by former Wadena Pioneer Journal publisher Bob Johnson on their purchase of the newspaper. Larry Mayer, chief technician of radiology at Tri-County Hospital, X-rayed 280 boxes of Girl Scout cookies after reports of pins in cookies. In Wadena, only cookies showed up. Making a second appearance in Wadena, "Up With People" drew a full capacity crowd at the Wadena gymnasium with their musical celebration of life.

• Handbell choir

A sensational new group that has received a lot of exposure this holiday season has been the United Methodist Handbell Chorus. Pictured is John Propp who performs in both the junior and adult choruses.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 1, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Connie Komula gains Jaycee pageant title

The Wadena Jaycees announced that Miss Connie Komula, Wadena, Miss Vacationland first-runner up, has gained the title of Miss Vactionland 1969 upon a verbal resignation by Miss Barbara Lunemann, Clarissa, who was crowned queen in the Wadena Jaycees' pageant in June. Miss Lunemann has informed the Jaycees that she was married on Dec. 27, 1969. Upon the completion of her reign, the $250 scholarship awarded to the queen will be available to Miss Komula. Connie has a fine voice, and at the Miss Minnesota Pageant will perform her talent by singing.

• Christmas baby

Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Peterson, of rural Wadena, are the proud parents of Miss Debra Peterson born at 11:10 p.m. Christmas night at Wesley Hospital.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 1, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Ireland is Wadena County Board chairman

Newman Ireland, of Verndale, representing the second commissioner district, was elected chairman of the Wadena County Board at its annual meeting in the courthouse here.

• Housekeeper of St. Ann's parish passes

Funeral services were conducted at St. Ann's Catholic Church yesterday morning for Miss Bertha Hunck, 69, housekeeper at St. Ann's parish house, who passed away at Wesley Hospital on Sunday. She had served as housekeeper for the Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. Plachta for the past 39 years and eight months, and had moved to this city five and a half years ago when he took charge of the local parish.