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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 11, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Towels returned after being stolen from fair

Darian Nadgwick saw her first trip to the state fair stolen, along with her hand-embroidered dishtowels.

Nadgwick, 12, of rural Bertha, won grand champion honors at the Wadena County Fair with a set of seven dishtowels she had embroidered with days of the week and a little girl. But when her family went to pick up the towels at the end of the county fair on July 31, the towels were gone.

"At first I thought, 'I can't go to the state fair,'" she said. "I was pretty upset about that."

She said hope seemed gone. Diane Hinkle, 4H program coordinator, wrote a letter to the editor in the Aug. 4 Wadena Pioneer Journal. On Friday morning, the dishtowels were found in a plastic bag tied to the door of the Pioneer Journal office. A small note inside said simply that the towels had been found.

• Verndale Strawhat and Sunbonnet Days

Flocks of people filled Verndale during Strawhat and Sunbonnet Days on Saturday and Sunday.

Many events were in the park, including kids' games and food stands. Before the parade, Steve Pickar was crowned the 2005 Sorehead, a title given to a person who is involved in the community.

Special events included a parade, push cart races, wheelchair races and bed races. A street dance was Saturday evening, and a pancake breakfast was Aug. 7.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 17, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Tire recall raises local concern

Thanks to Bridgestone's recall of 6.5 million of its Firestone brand tires, Ford dealers in Wadena and Staples are being overrun with people concerned about the Firestone tires on their Ford pickups, sport utility vehicles and half-ton trucks.

Customers have been coming in every day since the recall was announced Aug. 9 wanting new tires, the service manager of Stuntebeck Ford in Wadena, Bryon Lalum said.

• Local woman running for vice-president

Winona LaDuke's passion is speaking about political issues, globally, nationally and locally.

Her vision for what could be has pressed her into joining Ralph Nader a second time in seeking the nation's highest office. Endorsed recently in Colorado as the Green Party's candidates for president and vice president, Nader and LaDuke are on the ballot in 46 states, 24 more than 1996.

Another sign of hope for the Green Party candidates was Jesse Ventura's victory in Minnesota two years ago.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 13, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Comparable worth study, 911 system implemented

Wadena county board of commissioners did a lot of soul searching before approving implementation of two state mandated issues involving a comparable worth study and 911 emergency countrywide phone system.

Commissioner Paulsen, 911 liaison board member, explained in detail his working with James Beutelspacher, State 911 project manager and telecommunications analyst in researching the cost to implement the emergency countrywide telephone system.

• Patton named manager of community center

Dan Patton, 24, a former Willmar resident, has been named manager of the new Wadena Community Center, effective Aug. 1, 1985.

A 1979 Willmar high school and 1984 Mankato State University graduate, Patton has a degree in parks, recreation and leisure services concentrating in administration.

Patton's work experience includes managing the Owatonna tennis center, and he also worked with the Willmar recreation department in the area of baseball and ice hockey programs.

Patton is expected to be operating from an office in the new Community Center building within two weeks.

He will be selling memberships to the local center.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 13, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Call for bids in dismantling old courthouse

Appearing in this week's issue of the Pioneer Journal is a call for bids to dismantle and remove from the premises the old courthouse building.

Bids close at 2 p.m., Aug. 21, 1970, it was announced by County Auditor Y.Y. Ryti.

Sealed proposals will be received by the County Board of Commissioners until the aforementioned time and these will be opened and read aloud. Proposal forms may be obtained from the Wadena County Auditor's office in Wadena.

The old courthouse building, located adjacent to the new structure, consists of brick and lumber and these are to be removed from the premises.

• Unanimous vote to join Association of Free Lutheran churches

At a business meeting held at Bethany Lutheran church of Blue Grass August 9, a unanimous vote was cast in favor of joining the Association of Free Lutheran churches, according to Church Secretary, Mrs. Ernest Thompson of rural Verndale.

Bethany Lutheran is presently being served by a student pastor, Thompson said.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 17, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Scouts visit Paul Bunyan at Brainerd

Thirty-five Wadena Boy Scouts and their Scoutsmasters returned last week from Camp Clyde, on North Long Lake, near Brainerd. One of the highlights of the week's outing was the trip to the Paul Bunyan Memorial.

The Scouts spent the week working on advancements, water front, and wood life advancement. The final day they were taken to Brainerd and appeared before the legendary hero, Paul Bunyan. This newly erected figure is 35 feet high. He can move his arms, head, eyes and lips. He can also talk with the aid of a much smaller assistant and some public address equipment. "Paul" is located just west of Brainerd.

• Wadena National Guard Unit alerted

Seriousness of world

conditions was brought closer to Wadena Saturday evening, when Captain Gene Hotz, commander of the 114th transportation truck company of Wadena was given the alert notice. Lt. Col. Carl Vonder Haar, commanding officer of the 109th transportation battalion, gave the announcement Saturday that his unit had been alerted.

Headquarters and headquarters company of the battalion is made up of men from Wadena, Little Falls and Crosby-Ironton.

Captain Hotz who has his company on summer encampment training at the present time, was in Wadena when the order came through. He said that he did not know when they would report for active duty, but from the telephone conversation with his commanding officer it would probably be within 30 days, Sept. 11 as a tentative date.