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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 6, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Wal-Mart crosses hurdle

A proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter has crossed a hurdle after the planning commission voted to recommend that the proposed building land be rezoned from residential to commercial.

• Group discusses center proposal

A proposed Wadena community center should include an aquatic center, walking track, fitness center and other amenities, a group of residents told organizers.

The center most likely would be a combination of renovation of the current Wadena Community Center and an addiction, [Duane] Kell said. He said Wadena has a decent building, but it needs work.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 12, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Local reaction to first campaign debate

While they may be neck and neck nationally, there's a larger gap locally between presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore.

Wadenans disproportionately favor Bush, if only because they can't stand Gore.

That's the consensus after the Wadena Pioneer Journal informally polled 25 Wadena County residents and asked them whether they preferred Bush or Gore after watching the Oct. 3 debates.

• Hewitt tired of dangerous intersection

Looking both ways before crossing the street doesn't appear to be working in Hewitt -- at least not at the Highways 210 and 71 intersection.

Since July 1998, there have been 15 accidents at the notorious crossing.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 8, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Teachers file for mediation in hopes of settlement

The Wadena Federation of Teachers (WFT) has filed for mediation in hopes of gaining an acceptable two-year contract settlement with the Wadena school board, and WFT spokesman Larry Mikkelson has resigned from his post to avoid "possible personality clashes."

Mikkelson will remain a member of the teachers' negotiating team, but union negotiator Greg Burns has assumed control as WFT's spokesman.

• 'Deck D.L.' theme of 1985 WHS Homecoming; coronation Thursday

With the announcement of the 1985 Wadena senior homecoming queen candidates at a pepfest Friday morning, a week of planned activities has been placed in motion.

The Wadena Indians' 1985 homecoming theme is "Deck D.L." and Coach Scott Vettleson's gridders are preparing to take on the Detroit Lake Lakers at 7:30 p.m.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 8, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Petition on return of American POW from Vietnam

As you doubtless know, there are almost 1,500 U.S. servicemen missing in action or known to be prisoners in southeast Asia.

Most of the prisoners are being held captive by North Vietnam. Some of these men have been captive for almost six years -- far longer than interment in any previous war.

There is ample evidence that some of these men have been subjected to cruel physical and psychological treatment. Proper medical care is apparently non-existent, despite the fact that many of these men are known to be suffering from severe injury. Only a handful of the seriously sick and wounded have been repatriated. Some have been subjected to solitary confinement. Food is inadequate.

Perhaps the most distressing fact is that only a relatively few of the families of these men have received any information from any source as to whether they are prisoners or not, much less word as to their condition. In addition to wives, mothers, fathers and others there are many children who have never seen their father, and indeed do not know if their father is alive.

Charles Reech of the Wadena National Guard requested that you sign the below petition with your name and home address. The Wadena National Guard unit will mail the petitions to: The Honorable Andrei Gromyko, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Moscow, U.S.S.R.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 12, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• New telephone cooperative incorporated this week

The incorporation of a new telephone cooperative was announced this week by the cooperative's attorneys, Bradford & Kennedy of Wadena. The new association will be called West Central Telephone Association.

The new cooperative will have as its objective the furnishing of good, reliable rural telephone service to the farmers of the area.

• Car owner surprised; so is football player

"Verndale football players are getting tougher," thought Harvey Jenson of the Oak Grove community as he replaced the glass in one of his car doors.

Attending the Verndale-Bertha football game at Verndale Friday afternoon, Jenson was somewhat surprised to see one of the Verndale players run headlong into his car door window. No less surprised was the player.

The youth was wearing his headgear at the time which kept him from being cut by the shattered glass.

• Indians win homecoming tilt from Crosby-Ironton 19-13

Culminating a full day of homecoming activities, the Wadena Indians pow-wowed to a 19-13 win over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Friday night to put a fitting climax on the big day. A drenching rain fell previous to game time, and a few sprinkles fell intermittently as play progressed. The rain in no way dampened the spirit of the blissful Indians and their followers.