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5 years ago

Excerpts from the July 21, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Local radio announcer dies

Tom Arnold was perhaps best known for his sense of humor and creativity among his radio station co-workers and friends.

"He was a really creative kind of guy and very knowledgeable about current happenings," co-worker Rick Youngbauer said.

Arnold died Monday morning at age 46, after battling cancer for a year. He began working at KWAD/KNSP radio in Wadena in 1989 and was production director and mid day host on KWAD/KNSP, said Youngbauer, general manager of the radio station. Arnold worked at the radio station until April.

"He was the most talented production person I worked with," co-worker Dan Skogen said.

• State's first West Nile case in county

A Wadena County woman was diagnosed with the first human case of West Nile Virus in Minnesota for 2005.

Minnesota Department of Health announced July 14 that the woman became ill in late June with symptoms including high fever and severe headache. The woman was hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis. Someone with West Nile encephalitis might have neurological symptoms, such as mental status changes, vomiting, sensitivity to light and altered reflexes.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 27, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Water tower goes up in Deer Creek

Five years in the making, and the citizens of Deer Creek finally got to watch in awe Thursday, July 20, as the crew from Caldwell Tanks out of Louisville, Ky., erected the city's brand-new, 128-foot water tower.

Crew members from Caldwell Tanks were suspended atop the tower base, about 90-feet in the air, when an enormous crane moved the globe-like water tower sphere over to it. Greg Bowers, Randall Church, Marcus Anderson, Al Blake and Morris Meade were waiting to pull the sphere onto the base. Then they welded the pieces together 128 feet above the crowd, and by the time the sphere was put into place, much of the city of Deer Creek had turned out to watch.

• Verndale Grocery's closing stresses city

No matter whom you talk to in Verndale, you'll get an opinion about the sole grocery store in town, Verndale Grocery, closing July 29. But you won't hear anything from the store owners.

"No one has talked to me yet about when my last day is," said [Manager Dean] Kopp. "This will be hard on the senior citizens and slowly affect all the other businesses."

Re-opening the store hinges on someone buying it. Kopp said prospective buyers have been interested.

Until then, residents in the town of only 560 are forced to drive seven miles to Wadena or 12 miles to Staples for groceries.

• Gas prices at pump tumultuous in Minnesota

Tuesday, July 25, the price of a gallon of gas in Wadena was $1.53 a gallon. About a month ago it was in the high $1.60s or low $1.70s.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the July 23, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Farm life offers new outlook for French exchange visitors

Two exchange students from France are currently experiencing a way of life that won't soon be forgotten.

Yann Bartholet and Dominique Yon are spending a month with farm families near Sebeka.

So far, the United States has offered many "firsts" to Yann. For example, things taken for granted in the U.S., such as peanut butter, Jello, and apple pie, are practically unheard of in France.

While here, Dominique has been able to see his first deer, experience canoeing on the Crow Wing River, and try his hand at water skiing. He has also helped the Gilsters with haying, chasing cattle and other farm chores.

• Dan Carr named to NDAPSSA Coach of Year

Dan Carr, son of Marg and Dale Carr, Verndale, and a former Pirate high school athlete, has been named North Dakota Coach of the Year recently by the N.D. Associated Press sportscasters and Sportswriters association.

Carr, coach of the 1984 and 1985 North Dakota Class B state basketball champion Linton high school Lions, has had an amazing four years at Linton, according to an article appearing in the Bismarck Tribune recently.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 23, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• 62nd Annual County Fair Opens Today

The Wadena County Fair will swing open its gate to the public today (Thursday) for a four-day run of outstanding attractions.

This year the midway will feature the Midway attractions of Roger Brothers Carnival with its many shows and rides. This carnival will feature two Kids Days, one on Friday, July 24, and the second on Saturday, July 25.

The Teen Center U.S.A. will be open daily from 1 p.m. until night closing with style shows and combos on Thursday evening; square dancing exhibitions on Friday evening, Combo and band on Saturday evening and combo and Youth Christian Rally by the Wadena churches on Sunday evening. Platter hops and other entertainment will be sprinkled through the programs of the center each day.

• Old District 9 To Be Sold

Independent School Dist. 818, Verndale, will receive sealed bids for the school property of Common School Dist. No. 2418 (known as the old District No. 9 of Central) up until 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, 1970, at which time the bids will be opened and read.

The property consists of a two-room school house with full basement, oil fired furnace and a pressure water system.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the July 27, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• 20th Century Midway Shows To Be At Fair

The midway at this year's county Fair, Aug. 2, 3, 4 and 5 promises to be the biggest ever to set up at the local fair grounds, states secretary Clyde Kelsey. The 20th Century Shows, America's Ultra-Modern Midway, has been booked for all four days.

Kelsey goes on to say that this is the first time the show has ever set up in this part of the country, and has been playing to only larger fairs.

They have 15 late, all-new rudes including two ferris wheels, merry-go-round, octopus, roll-o-plane, roll-o-whirl, spitfire, little dipper, dodge-em and tilt-a-whirl. Besides these rides, they have six late new kiddie rides: a new boat ride, auto cars, airplane, live pony, little train and a new whale ride.

• Takes Over Red Owl Meat Department

John Knapp of Hibbing took over management of the meat department at the Red Owl store Monday morning. Steve Klein who has been in charge of the department has returned to his old home at Brainerd where he will assume management of the Red Owl meat department there.

Mr. Knapp's home is at Moorhead. He is a married man with three children, and as soon as living quarters can be obtained will move his family to Wadena.

Al Williams who has been assistant manager at Red Owl here since the first of the year left Monday morning for Staples where he takes over management of the Red Owl store there. His vacancy is being filled by Don Gumtow.