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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 1, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Wal-Mart plans to build here

Wal-Mart hopes to build a nearly 100,000-square-foot super center in Wadena but first must have land rezoned by the city.

On Monday afternoon, city officials received an application to rezone 40 acres of land on County Road 20 (Second Street) from residential to commercial, said Mayor Wayne Wolden.

• Hospital starts work on new entrance project

In two months, patients will not need to climb a steep slope to enter Tri-County Hospital.

Construction began Tuesday to lower the degree of the slope in front of the entrance to the Tri-County Hospital. The slope was a problem for customers sine the hospital opened at the location a year ago. The construction on the slope is designed to make the entrance safer and friendlier.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 7, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Farmers protest milk prices

Three thousand strong, dairy farmers across the nation protested the falling price they are getting for their milk in a milk strike Monday, Sept. 4.

With that protest, 23 million gallons of milk went down the drain.

In Bluffton, 2,300 pounds went.

Well-known activist and Bluffton dairy farmer Mark Rohr again tried to call attention to the plight of dairy farmers and was willing to sacrifice his hard-earned money to do it.

"Somebody has to start it. This is a day's work for me -- but it won't pay one day's expenses," Rohr said when he pulled the plug on his 1,000 gallon milk tank.

• Mud Run a 'smashing' success

Over 3,000 spectators and drivers attended the Nimrod Jubilee 4x4 Mud Run on Sunday, Sept. 3. Dennis Pickar Jr.'s rail car, driven by Brant Hillstrom, rolled several times after its throttle struck causing it to crash. Hillstrom walked away uninjured. Dennis Pickar Sr. and an unidentified onlooker [helped] clean up the remains.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 3, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Butzin charged with second degree murder

A rural Sebeka man, David Leon Butzin, has been charged with two counts of second degree murder in connection with the Aug. 13, 1985 drowning deaths of his wife and 18-month-old son. Making his first appearance in Fergus Falls District Court on August 28, Butzin is now being held on $100,000 bond in the Wadena County Jail.

The body of Melody Sue Butzin, 26, was recovered by divers in Cat Creek around 1:30 p.m. on August 14, and her son, approximately two hours later, after David Butzin had reported them missing on August 13.

Following an investigation by the Wadena County Sheriff's Department, David Butzin, in a formal statement given on August 27, told Deputy Steve Young that he had accompanied his wife and son to Cat Creek shortly before 6 p.m. on Aug. 13.

Knowing that neither could swim, the man then pushed his wife, who was holding her son at the time, into the water, stating he wanted her to die.

After sighting the pair floating under the adjacent bridge, Butzin said he left the area, went to his home and changed clothes, reporting the two victims as missing later that evening.

• Out O'Towners performs at State Fair

Members of the Out O'Towners 4-H Club performed their Share-the-Fun act at the State Fair Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Erickson Hall in the 4-H building, their act entitled "4-H Fairy Tales," involving 14 members.

Members in the act were Gordin Schlicting, Dennis and Kraig Keppers, Kathy, Kara and Theresa Circle, Shelly Whelan, Valerie Shreeve, Gary and Susan Houle, Terry Belch, Chad Belch and Terry and Debbie Lawson.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 3, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• New Courthouse Dedication Sept. 8

Wadena County's new courthouse facility will be formally dedicated Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. sharp, in ceremonies headed by Rev. Kenneth Cook, a member of the Wadena Area Ministerial Association.

Cook will begin the program at 1 p.m. with an invocation. The Wadena high school senior choir directed by Paul Montan will deliver one religious selection and conclude with "America, the Beautiful."

• Mrs. Jaycees' Style Show To Feature Latest Fashions

Knitted fashions by Nancy's Knit Nook, the latest in snowmobile suits by Huber Motors, and sleep gowns by Mrs. Jim Foster of Foster Figurettes will be presented at the Mrs. Jaycees' Style Show, luncheon and card party to be held Saturday, September 12, at 1 p.m. in the Elks' Club Rooms.

In addition fall and winter styles will also be shown by Harnish's, J.C. Penney, Stern and Field, Lyle's Shoes, Vollie's and S & L.

Models for the show will have their hair styled by Charlene's Magic Mirror, Margaret's Beauty Shop, Bunny's Beauty Shop and Vera's Beauty Salon.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 7, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Plans progress for Guard unit farewell party

Initial plans for the going-away party for the National Guard has been laid, stated chairman Ray Tibbetts. Arrangements have been made for reservation of River Inn at Aldrich for Thursday night, Sept. 14.

Tibbetts states there will be a dance to which the general public is invited. Under tentative plans, proceeds of the dance will be turned over to the Guard to go into their company fund. Don Fick and his orchestra are to furnish music for the evening.

The Wadena Civic & Commerce is sponsoring the party, and the VFW has already signified their intention of contributing to the company fund. Other service organizations are planning similar action.

• Robertson attending fraternity conclave

Dick Robertson left Tuesday for Minneapolis, where he is attending the four-day national convention of Theta Chi fraternity at the Nicollet hotel.

About 400 delegates from 102 chapters throughout the country are present at the 94th anniversary conclave. Robertson is president of the University of Minnesota chapter.

Singer Frank Sinatra, comedian Milton Berle and entertainer Pat O'Brien are scheduled to appear at several of the convention functions.