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5 years ago

Excerpts from the April 21, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• State hospital still on target

Construction for a state-operated 16-bed psychiatric hospital could begin as soon as July and be completed by the end of the year. The state-operated hospital would be east of the Fair Oaks Lodge campus.

• WDC gets ready for prom

Ask Amanda McManigle, WDC junior and prom committee member, about the prom, and she is all smiles. McManigle and many of her junior and senior classmates will be going to WDC prom on April 23 with grand march at 8 p.m.

"It's your chance to dress up and be glamorous," McManigle said.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the April 20, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• 1966 8th grade futuristic vision for Wadena to be opened in 2000

While Wadenans aren't zooming about in hovercraft, a time capsule buried by an eighth grade class 25 years ago will reveal that a group of bright-faced 13-year-olds thought they might be. In May 1966, with the help of science teacher Brian Johnson, students gathered items they thought would give future Wadenans a glimpse into the past. After placing their memorabilia in a five-gallon cream can, the group entombed their artifacts in cement to be opened by the mayor in 2000.

Tom Paper and Henry Johnson were pictured at the site of the time capsule they buried in 1966. The aluminum plaque cast by their eighth grade class was recently stolen from the marker.

• Social services gets $25k grant

Wadena County Social Services received a short-term $25,000 grant Feb. 1 to implement a Family Group Decision-Making program. The money will be used to facilitate the program and must service 20 families over the course of a year. So far, the department has tried the program on two families, with positive results.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the April 23, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Farm organization leaders gather to address farm bill

Representatives from four major farm organizations were in Wadena Thursday night as part of a Farm Unity Forum, held at the Senior High Gym. Approximately 250 people attended the forum, which attracted media from as far away as the Twin Cities.

• Tootsie Roll Drive

April 26-28 is the 5th annual Tootsie Roll Drive to help the retarded citizens of the community. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus; pictured is Mayor Bruce Nelson buying the first tootsie roll from Harry Dahlin and his daughter Jodi. The proceeds of the drive will go to the Wadena County DAC, Pembina Trails Group Home and the ARC of Wadena County.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the April 23, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Four new teachers at Deer Creek

Four high school instructors have entered into contracts to teach this coming school term at Deer Creek High School, according to Superintendent Harold Parduhn. Lynn Peterson will be the business instructor. Mr. Peterson will also assist with coaching. Mrs. Janet Parta replaces Mrs. Meyer as home economics instructor. Richard Myers will be the industrial education instructor. John Thompson will be in the mathematics department.

• 'Meals From Wheels' program being launched

June 1, 1970, is the starting date of a new program whereby hot, nutritious meals will be provided for shut-ins and those persons unable to prepare food for themselves. The meals will be prepared by the Wesley Hospital kitchen and distributed by volunteers.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the April 27, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Retail business is up 249 per cent in period of 10 years

Retail, wholesale and service establishments located in Wadena County showed a substantial expansion in dollar volume of trade from 1939 to 1948, according to preliminary figures from the 1948 Census of Business released this week by the Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce. Retail sales in the county during 1948 aggregated $13.6 million, an increase of 249 per cent over the $3.9 million in 1939, when the preceding Census of business was taken.

• Mail delivery in city is cut to once daily

Carrier delivery of mail in the residential districts of Wadena has been cut to once a day as a result of last week's economy order by the United States post office department.

Twice-a-day delivery in the business district will continue as usual.

• Wonder why we're having this kind of weather? Just blame the Garden Club

If you're looking for somebody to blame for some of this winter's outbursts of foul weather -- particularly Tuesday's spring blizzard -- we respectfully refer you to the Wadena Garden Club.

During the height of Tuesday's unpleasantness, the club's president, Mrs. Si Marberg, asked us if we knew why it was snowing that day. "Because the Garden Club is meeting tonight," she said. Whereupon she gave us the following said history of the garden club's meetings since January. The January session was stormed out twice. Twice during February the club tried to get together, but the weather on both nights was too inclement, and the February meeting was given up as an impossibility. Come March and the regular meeting was held -- amidst a downpour of rain and snow.

Fortunately, the club doesn't meet in July or August.