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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 6, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Councilman cooks up kitchen traditions

In his Wadena kitchen, Dean Uselman carries on traditions of generations -- including the disdain of written recipes.

"I just despise recipes," he said.

Growing up with 15 brothers and sisters, Uselman learned to cook at a young age. Now, cooking is a stress reliever. Along with being president and owner of Golden Russet Potato Products, Uselman is a city councilman and volunteer firefighter.

• 'Hairitage' can be a tough legacy to handle

PJ Editor Anita Meyer wrote a column about her signature curly mane:

It's tough when you come face to face with your heritage.

Or maybe I should say hairitage.

When my family gets together the subject of hair always surfaces. Hair has been the ruler of my life since the day I was born and for many of us in the Meyer family.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 6, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Y2K a bust

The Y2K problem is almost nonexistent. That's what emergency management personnel in Wadena County found out New Year's Eve as did the rest of the world. They were out in full force, but found themselves with little to do -- even the police.

• New editor named at the Wadena Pioneer Journal

Joyce Ritacco has been named editor at the Pioneer Journal replacing Laura Gudbaur who resigned in November. Ritacco has been serving as interim editor since Gudbaur resigned.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 10, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• County board elects chairman

Wadena County commissioners Clarence Kreklau, Sebeka, and Dale Paulsen, Verndale, were formally sworn into public office at the beginning of Tuesday's first-of-the-year county board meeting, while Arvid Edeburn was newly elected as this year's board chairman.

• Way Back When

The Jan. 6, 1910 section of the "Way Back When" column reported that 75 years ago the people of Wadena voted to save the park and have the new Northern Pacific depot built one block west of main street. E.R. Miller had a potato warehouse there and the merchants were raising money to help Miller pay to have it moved.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 8, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• 1970 New Year's baby

The 1970 New Year's baby is Kenneth Dean Cushman who was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Cushman, Minneapolis, on Jan. 1 at 2:10 a.m. at Wesley Hospital. Pictured is Mrs. Ken Kvamme of the VFW Post 3922 Auxiliary presenting usual gifts from area merchants to the New Year's baby and his mother.

• Wadena law firm to become Bradford, Kennedy and Nervig

The law firm of Bradford and Kennedy have announced that Luther P. Nervig has become a partner with them in the general practice of law in Wadena.

• A cure for crank calls

The best way to handle crank phone calls is to hang up on the caller before he has a chance to hook you, Gertrude Obowa, Northwestern Bell Telephone Company Chief Operator, Fergus Falls, suggested in a talk to the Wadena JCs on Jan. 5. Obowa explained that the crank caller thrives on the excitement, anger and apprehension of the victim. "Don't give these cranks the opportunity to hook you. As soon as you recognize this call as being unusual, hang up. If the caller persists and calls a second, third and fourth time, continue to hang up immediately," she urged.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 12, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Several vacancies exist in Guard unit

Several vacancies remain in the 114th Transportation Truck Company, Wadena's new National Guard unit, it was announced this week by Capt. Eugene B. Hotz, commanding officer.

"It seems to me," Hotz said, "that men between 17 and 18 1/2 who are vulnerable to the draft would take advantage at this time to enlist in the 114th. It means they can stay home, keep on working, or go to school, and earn good money at the same time. If they wait to be drafted, they will be away from home for 21 months of intensive army training."

• Want ads being used to find homes for children

"Homes wanted -- Permanent adoptive homes are needed by 10 to 12 year old children who have lost the support of their parents. The children need the security of an adoptive home and the love and guidance of parents. Write State Division of Social Welfare, 117 University Avenue, St. Paul."

Jarle Leirfallom, director of the state welfare division, and his staff have decided to use newspaper advertising to find homes for the some of the older boys and girls in the division.

"Applications for younger children far exceed the supply," he said. "But children of 10 long for a home, too, and there are many satisfactions in adopting them, along with an opportunity for service which cannot be measured."

• In memoriam

In memory of Miss Bertha Hunck, 69, housekeeper at St. Ann's parish house, who passed away Jan. 1, 1950.

... Just a few short years she stayed here,/ Making the parish house bright and fair/ ... Little did we think that Tuesday,/ When to the hospital she was taken/ that before a week had vanished/ She would sleep to never waken/ When the bells had just stopped ringing,/ To proclaim a glad New Year/ Then death's angel came and beckoned,/ And in gentle tones spoke he--/ "Bertha, all your cares are over,/ You're prepared, so come with me,"/ ... We will miss you, Dearest Bertha,/ At the House and at your work,/ But our hearts we'll raise to Heaven,/ Where we know you've found eternal rest.

Sadly missed by a Friend.