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A grocery ad from the Sept. 14, 1950 Pioneer Journal.

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 8, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Locals to help at Camp Ripley

Wadena County Public Health employees and volunteers will lend a hand at Camp Ripley in the next months as thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors head north this week.

A team of three doctors and four nurses will travel to Camp Ripley on Friday to help with health assessments, immunizations, counseling and general clinic health care, said Karen Nelson, Wadena Public Health director.

• Editorial: Count your blessings by helping those hurt by hurricane

At Camp Ripley, 3,000 survivors from the Hurricane Katrina disaster are getting much-needed help and hope.

Most of us can't even fathom what these survivors have been through. Imagine being driven from your home, which has been destroyed. Your first thoughts are of pure survival and trying to keep your family together. You probably can't even think ahead to the next day.

Most of us can't imagine what it's like to be devastated to the point that these hurricane survivors have been. The TV broadcasts showed cities that looked like war zones, hard to fathom in our own country. Most of us won't have to live in those conditions or even see those circumstances.

• First film festival to bring variety of movies to town

Six movies that typically are shown in bigger cities will be featured at a film festival in Wadena.

The Whiskey Creek Film Festival will be Sept. 16, 17 and 18 at the Cozy Theatre in Wadena.

The six movies for the festival are: "March of the Penguins," "Murderball," "Ladies in Lavender," "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill," "Mad Hot Ballroom" and "Howl's Moving Castle."

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 14, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena town meetings set for downtown master planning

The City of Wadena, Chamber of Commerce and the Revitalization Committee are hosting public information gathering sessions for the Wadena Downtown Master Plan.

The Downtown Master Plan will be addressing the overall direction for the downtown streetscape improvements including street lighting, design guidelines, enhancement of public spaces and parking.

• Numbers down on first day

Public schools in outstate Minnesota had fewer students in their ranks on opening day this September, with most schools experiencing a drop in enrollment.

At Wadena-Deer Creek, the numbers dropped from 1,410 students at the beginning of the year in 1999, to 1,359 students who walked through the doors Sept. 7 for the 2000-01 school year -- a loss of 41 students.

This is happening all across out-state Minnesota because of changing demographics, WDC superintendent Earl Mathison said.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 10, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Butzin gets grand jury indictment

A grand jury meeting in Wadena county has indicted a Sebeka man, David Butzin, for first-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 14 drowning death of his wife, Melody.

The 24-year-old Butzin was also indicted for second degree murder in the death of his 18-month-old son, Alexander, who was being held by Melody Butzin at the time the incident occurred.

The bodies of Melody Sue Butzin, 26, and her young son were found within hours of each other on Aug. 14, although David Butzin had reported the pair missing the previous evening. At that time, Butzin explained the two had apparently been trying to catch minnows along the banks of Cat Creek.

• Community Center nears completion; memberships now being accepted

Work on the Wadena Community Center is entering final stages of construction, according to Manager Dan Patton.

At this time, Patton explained, construction work on the racquetball courts is nearly completed, with only the final flooring and some sheetrock left to be installed. The center's whirlpool facility has also been installed and the sauna and tanning booth are expected to be in place within a matter of days.

One very central facet of the community center -- the weight room -- has already been opened for use to Wadena High School athletes, with all the flooring and equipment in place. However, Patton explained, the room isn't yet open to the general public, for liability reasons.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 10, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Racing on runways at local airport is 'trespassing'

Wadena Municipal Airport Manager Jack Thresher reported that persons are using the runways at the local airport as dragstrips for racing their cars at night.

Thresher pointed out this racing is trespassing on village and government property and violators are subject to apprehension and stuff penalty if this type of action continues.

• Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Nimrod News

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nielsen of Akeley visited at the Stanley Nielsen's over the weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Westra were Sunday afternoon and supper guests at the Clifford Grewing home in Verndale.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stigman visited Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ludeen in Brainerd. Mr. Ludeen just returned from the University Hospital. He works for Skelly Oil Co.

Mrs. Harold Higgs received a telegram from the Army dept. telling her that her son Gary was wounded in Vietnam and is hospitalized there. This is the second time Gary has been wounded since he arrived in Vietnam.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 14, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Firemen called to skating rink Saturday

A grass fire near the skating rink summoned firemen Saturday afternoon. The grass blaze threatened the warming house at the rink, and also the hedge at the cemetery. The warming house, which is used in the summer months to store play equipment, had caught fire, but the blaze was extinguished before extensive damage was done, stated Chief Schertler.

• Sebeka soldier killed in action in Korea

In a casualty list released Friday, the name of Richard G. Condon, son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Condon of Sebeka appeared. The Condon family resides on a farm near Sebeka, and the young man, 19, has been in service only about a year.