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An advertisement from the Oct. 5, 1950 Pioneer Journal

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 29, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Wal-Mart hearing Monday

Wadena area residents will have a chance to voice their opinions about a proposed Wal-Mart development on Monday.

Wal-Mart has proposed building a roughly 100,000-square-foot store on property on County Road 20 that is now a field behind the Pamida area.

• Community center meeting today

An information-gathering meeting about the Wadena Community Center will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Thursday) at Pizza Ranch - Donovan Hall.

Organizers are planning a major expansion project at the community center and want to hear from the public about activities that are important to them.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 5, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• County courthouse getting interactive TV

Even though Wadena County doesn't have a full-time judge, prisoners will soon have their right to a speedy trial without being transported to another county.

County commissioners gave the go-ahead Oct. 3 to install interactive television (ITV) in the courthouse auditorium for custody arrangements and other uses.

• We did it! Wadena Pioneer Journal newspaper is now fully paginated

The Wadena Pioneer Journal has moved into the 21st century in its method of putting the newspaper together. Gone is the cutting and pasting of the past - here today is complete computer pagination.

The entire newspaper - including articles, photographs and advertising - is arranged on the computer. Reporters, production staff and advertising staff send all their information to central computers using a system server, which is like a miniature Internet uniting computers within the organization.

The paper started paginating five years ago. Up until September 2000, everything except the classified section of the paper was being paginated. Now the entire paper has gone digital.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 1, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Pioneer-Journal moves to new location

If you're planning to stop by the Pioneer Journal office this week, please take note that we've moved to a new location on Jefferson street; the old Fitness Center and former PJ building. The moving process began yesterday, following a three-week remodeling project at the new facility. Phones have been installed in the new building and our phone number remains the same. The vacated PJ building will be razed next week to allow for expansion of the Archie's Super Valu building and parking lot. The new location will allow for increased space and more effective customer service.

• Butzin requests defense transcripts

The defense of a Sebeka man charged with murdering his wife and 18-month-old son has requested transcripts of grand jury testimony for use in formulating defense before the trial begins some time in December.

Making an appearance in a special term of Wadena County District Court on Tuesday, Sept. 24, the accused, David Butzin, along with his attorney, Peter Irvine, made the request before Judge Timothy Baland. That request was granted by Judge Baland and Assistant County Attorney, Joe Majors.

Butzin's next court appearance has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8. He is currently being held on $100,000 bond in the Wadena County Jail and is charged with first degree murder in the death of his wife, and second degree murder, for his son's death.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 1, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Currie's TV to observe RCA week

Currie's Radio and TV in Wadena is featuring in an ad this week new 1971 TV sets so that persons of the area may enjoy Division Playoffs (Oct. 3) and the World Series (begins Oct. 10), on RCA Accu-Color.

Currie's will be celebrating National RCA week soon, it has been announced.

• Attends Sept. 24-6 confab on racism

The Rev. H. Thomas Walker of Wadena, a district superintendent in the United Methodist Church, attended a Consultation on Racism at Camphor United Methodist Church in St. Paul, Sept. 24-26.

Sponsored by the Social Concerns Commission of the United Methodist Church in Minnesota, the Consultation was designed "to sensitize and equip area leadership to be change agents in the elimination and lessenings of racism."

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 5, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Homecoming activities start tonight with snake dance

Homecoming activity at the high school is bustling this week as students prepare for the annual event. Sponsored by the student body, each class is contributing its talents to make this the most successful homecoming that Wadena has ever had. The homecoming theme this year is "DO OR DIE -- DEFEAT C-I."

The kick-off for the festivities will be the snake dance, bonfire, and pep-fest tonight (Thursday). The snake dance starting at 7 p.m. from the band-stand in the N.P. Park will wind its way through Main Street down to the skating rink grounds where a huge bonfire and pepfest will be held. All this will be led by the cheerleaders. [Note: "snake dance" is another term for "homecoming parade."]

• Travels alone

Bill Blair of Wadena not only had the unique experience of being Wadena village's first inductee, but also had the privilege of making the trip to Fort Snelling alone, in spite of the fact six other county men reported to the draft board the same day.

When noses were counted at the Armory last Thursday morning just before the bus pulled out carrying the six men, Bill's was missing. A telephone call to the Blair home revealed that Bill had gone grouse hunting with his brother Herb, and wouldn't be in until around noon. The information was also imparted that Bill wasn't to report until evening. A check of duplicate records was made, and the clerk blushed as the statement was made, "Can you beat that, I put on his notice to report at 8:10 p.m., instead of 8:10 a.m."

Bill came in from the hunt at noon, and reported at the draft office "to see what was happening." Informed of the mistake, Bill caught the first bus in the afternoon and traveled alone to the induction center.