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5 years ago

Excerpts from the July 14, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena unveils first puzzle piece

On July 7, the first of a mural project was unveiled on the south-facing wall at 318 S. Jefferson St. at the Charlie Rowe building. About 50 attended the unveiling. Community members unveiled the mural.

"Prairie Life" is the first of 60-70 murals planned for Wadena buildings as part of the Alley Arts Institute Inc. Each mural will have puzzle pieces incorporated into it. Chicago artist Robin Barcus, with help from Staples artist Michael Beachy, painted the mural on panels in the basement of the Village Emporium.

David Evert, Alley Arts project director, hopes the mural project will qualify as the world's largest picture puzzle and be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

• Fans wait for top-secret 'Harry' book

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," to be released Saturday, is creating reservation lists in the local library, notices in the local bookstore and interest for Harry Potter fans.

The Kitchigami Regional Library system, which the Wadena library is part of, has 61 holds on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Holds are requests people make for checking out a book.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 20, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• WDC school board encourages dancing

Anybody can dance if they want to, the Wadena-Deer Creek school board ruled Monday at their July school board meeting.

From now on the danceline program will no longer hold tryouts that segregate candidates into two categories -- good and bad.

"How will students get any better if they are not allowed to practice with the team?" school board member Kathy Yelle argued.

Yelle instigated the change in policy Monday night, July 17, stating that no other sport at WDC requires tryouts.

• Law enforcement log

An unruly Wadena library patron swore because the Internet didn't work.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the July 16, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Farm bill, credit topics of July 31 meeting here

Starting July 22, Minnesota Farmers Union will conduct a series of 41 two-county meetings on the 1985 farm bill and current farm credit situation. The farm bill and farm credit emergency action meetings will focus on the two issues.

A meeting will be held at the Wadena county courthouse auditorium Wednesday, July 31, for East Otter Tail and Wadena county residents at 8 p.m.

The first issue is an MFU plan to influence the makeup of the 1985 farm bill which lawmakers are currently debating in Washington, D.C. The second is the current farm credit situation and how it relates to the family farmer.

• Harness racing returns to Wadena county fair

Harness racing will return to the Wadena county fair Sunday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Early indications are that an exciting field of trotters and racers will be in Wadena for the races.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 16, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Best drivers are: men or women?

The Wadena County Fair could very well wind up with a lady driver as winner of the Demolition Derby scheduled at the Fair on Sunday, July 26. More and more women are competing against the one time predominant male drivers. Two of the fairer sex have walked away with top honors while many others have been heat winners.

So girls, let's settle the question -- get yourselves an old jalopy and sign up with the fair secretary.

• Deer Creek soldier killed in Vietnam

Army Private 1-C James Krull, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Krull of the Deer Creek community, died of wounds while fighting in Vietnam, it was reported today.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the July 20, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• It's only $4,500

In the Wadena Farm Supply advertisement appearing on the want ad page of last week's Pioneer Journal, the ad read where the business would be sold for the mere sum of $45,000. The owners say this is a little steep. The figure should have read $4,500.

• Joe DiMaggio too tired to accept Minnesota Scout gift

One of the most disappointing incidents of the local scouts on the National Jamboree trip was meted at Yankee Stadium, New York City. Scouts from the central Minnesota area had purchased a gun case and by arrangement with Yankee managers, were to present it to DiMaggio as a souvenir from the scouts in this area at the Yankee-Red Sox game.

The Scoutmaster and his six scouts were there for the presentation, but "Joe was too tired to come from his dressing room to accept the gift of the boys."

The Scouts to accompany Don Schloeder, scoutsmaster of Wadena, on the presentation committee had spent several months working on a merit basis to draw the honor. Don Busker was the only scout from Wadena, the other five coming from other towns of the council.