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5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 16, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Stay-at-home dad happy with job

It's taken stay-at-home dad Brian Murdoch, Wadena, a couple years to figure out his job as a father, and he says he's still learning.

Last week, Murdoch and his children Margaret, 4, and Tony, 2 1/2, were working in the garden, pulling weeds and gathering worms while wife and mom, Dr. Lisa Murdoch, was at work.

Being a stay-at-home dad is different from having a mom at home, Murdoch said, but he likes being a stay-at-home dad. In the morning, he and the kids wake up and take it easy, he said. During the day, Murdoch takes the kids to the parks for a walk or to play. The family likes to go to Black's Grove Park, Murdoch said.

• Pastor takes over church helm

The Rev. Jeff Heisler, founder of a church in Indiana, is the new pastor at the Evangelical Church in Wadena. Heisler is taking over the position formerly held by the Rev. Phil Schrauben.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 22, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Band marches at Fair Oaks

At 100-year-old Fair Oaks resident Alma Mosher's request, activity director Janeen Engelke invited Wadena-Deer Creek's marching band to Fair Oaks Apartments and Shady Lane Nursing Home June 16 to entertain residents.

"We're of the age when bands were popular," Mosher said. "These are the songs we remember."

• Blood sucking bugs in Minnesota

Victor J. Kern wrote in a letter to the editor: Minnesota has several types of ticks that suck blood. Deer ticks, wood ticks, sheep ticks, dog ticks and politics.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 18, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Leaving Christian Center was for best, Kesler now says

Victoria Kesler is back at home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kesler of Sebeka, after completing "exit counseling" sessions, which were necessary because of her involvement with the Antioch Christian Center, a religious community near Vergas. The church founders have now moved their group to another part of the country.

• Swedish farmer experiences agriculture 'the American way'

"One thing I have realized, after working on the farm here in Minnesota," commented Annett Palen of Sweden, "I don't think I would ever want to be a farmer here ... they have to work too hard!"

Palen is a 21-year-old Swedish farmer. She is spending the summer working on Ken Muckala's farm north of New York Mills.

She explained that a big difference between American and Swedish farms is the size. "Our farms are not so big," she said. "Here, you do not have time to rest between the planting and cultivation. On our farm back home, it takes only about eight days to do all of the planting."

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 18, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Village of Wadena, county show gain in 1970 census

Wadena County population has gained slightly over the 1960 census, according to unofficial statistics revealed by County Census Director A.I. Olsbo at Tuesday's Chamber luncheon at the Uptown. The unofficial census report show's the county's population in April 1970 as 12,241 or an increase of about 40 in that ten-year span.

• Open house Friday at ...

The public is invited to attend the open house of the newly completed Wadena Fire and Police Station located on Colfax and Second Street, SE, in Wadena, June 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wadena firemen will conduct guided tours through the entire facility, according to Fire Department Secretary John Edinger.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 22, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• New traffic signals are now in operation here

The new stop lights at the intersection of highways 10 and 71 went into operation last Thursday night. The new stop lights are an improvement over the highway department's standard stop signs, but the new lights are not a cure-all, say local peace officers.

Some motorists who have been accustomed to coming to a complete stop, checking traffic and then progressing, are continuing to do so, while others are abiding by the new stop lights. This mixing of signals has nearly led to accidents.

• Barbers go on safari, Fox gets homesick

The boys at the Helmer Walevand Barber Shop dusted off their sign which reads: "SHOP CLOSED FOR THE DAY, GONE FISHING," hung it on the door, and went on their annual safari into the lake-studded wilderness of Otter Tail County for a day of excitement, adventure, exploration, fishing, swimming and canasta. This year's event, however, was marred slightly. Gossip around the shop this week is that Chauncey Fox suffered a severe case of homesickness and other members of the force spent a great deal of time and effort comforting him and reassuring him that Wadena would still be here when he got back. (Chauncey never leaves town unless a total eclipse of the sun occurs.)