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5 years ago

Excerpts from the July 7, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Restaurant comes into its own

More food choices and new signs can be found at Wadena Inn and Grill.

Mid-May, Wadena Inn and Grill removed the Embers name from its business. The restaurant became affiliated with Embers in 2000, said General Manager Jerry Miller.

Embers restaurants were going a different direction from Miller wanted Wadena Inn and Grill to go. For example, Embers wanted to drop the Bridgeman's Ice Cream line and Miller wanted to keep that. Also, Embers wanted to discontinue homemade soups, he said.

• Funnel cloud surfaces in area

Hazardous weather brought a cloud to Verndale last week.

A funnel cloud was spotted in Verndale at 6:20 p.m. June 29, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

"The entire sky was rotating," said Travis Hensch, a Wadena man who saw the storm.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 13, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Tornadoes hit, miss throughout county

By all accounts, Saturday night's storm was scary. Thunder, lightning, high winds, rain and hail slammed down throughout Wadena County for approximately two hours, stranding travelers and causing considerable damage.

Amidst continuous booms of thunder and flashes of lightning, F1 and F2 tornadoes were forming.

The July 8 storm system hopped and skipped over other parts of the region as well.

• Lucky seen with Prince William

Lucky Lion, of the Wadena Lions, attended Prince William's 18th birthday party in England recently. He could hardly contain his excitement on meeting the Prince. "The young Prince displays such nobility and stateliness -- so Rotarian like," Lucky said.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the July 9, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Durenberger calls for less reliance on government during Wadena visit

It's time Americans realize federal government can't solve all the country's problems.

That message was addressed to a large crowd attending last Thursday's luncheon with Republican U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger at the Pine Cove Inn. Durenberger was in Wadena as part of a two-day swing through northern and central Minnesota. His visit was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Americans today face a $650 billion national deficit, "caused by my generation," Durenberger said. "We've brought this problem on ourselves and the answers are not Republican or Democrat answers. They're answers that must come from some kind of consensus."

• Giant windchimes in SW Wadena? No, only the clanking of horseshoes!

Each Monday night, men from Wadena get together, and over the course of a couple of hours, each throw approximately 1,000 pounds of horseshoes.

Members of the horseshoe league explained that each horseshoe weighs two and a half pounds. They play three games in an evening. Each consists of about 100 throws per pitcher.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 9. 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena police nab hospital escapee, two car thieves

Police Chief Art Ousley reported to the Pioneer Journal that Calvin Sasson, who had escaped the Fergus Falls State Hospital, drew a gun on employees at the Holiday Gas Station in Wadena Sunday afternoon.

Policemen O'Connell and Skon arrived at the scene gaining possession of the gun. Sasson was returned to the State Hospital, according to Ousley.

Policeman O'Connell with the assistance of Ralph Paradeau apprehended two boys of Ponsford, Minn., who had stolen a car earlier in Minneapolis. The two were taken into custody by the local police.

• AAL representative attends seminar

Robert E. Haak, FIC, Henning, district representative in this area for Aid Association for Lutherans, attended a two and a half day seminar on health insurance recently, according to George V. Krampien, senior vice president and director of agencies. The seminar concluded an extensive training program prior to AAL's entry into the health insurance field.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the July 13, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Colorful career of Wadena pioneer is ended Friday

When word reached main street Friday morning of the death of August Stoecker by a self-inflicted bullet wound at his home in the northeast edge of town, it was realized that Wadena County had lost one of its most picturesque and dominant figures. Depression resulting from a serious kidney ailment presumably led the energetic farmer-politician to end his life.

Stoecker was born July 8, 1874, in Holstein, Germany, and lacked only one day of being 76 years of age. He came to America with his parents in 1882 and settled in Lowden, Iowa. In 1905 he came to Wadena County and homesteaded north of Bluffton on the old Cabbage farm.

About 1912, Stoecker played a prominent part in the starting of the Wadena News. This publication was short lived and was absorbed by the Pioneer Journal.

• The Radio Dial

The talk about television replacing radio has died out and another cry has swept the country. Television is reported to be hurting movie attendance in major cities.

It's time to review the top tunes of the month, so here goes. "Third Man Theme" is right on top, but is due for a slump soon. "I Wanna Be Loved" is number two, followed by "Sentimental Me," "Bewitched," and "Mona Lisa." There's one more song about to hit the public in the face and that's "Goodnight Irene."

The Rural Mailcarriers Convention, held in Wadena last weekend, proved to be the week's highlight. KWAD covered the convention in the usual efficient style and carried two special broadcasts of interest ... Governor Youngdahl's speech before the convention and James Courtney's speech at the banquet.