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PJ file photo From the Oct. 22, 1985 Pioneer Journal: Office Education Association (OEA) officers (l-r) Secretary Barb Kapphahn, Historian Diane Schwartz, President Gary Taylor, Parliamentarian Jodi Ewert, Treasurer Jay Vaughan and Vice President Cindy Resch.

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 20, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Homecrest Industries sold

Homecrest Industries has been sold and opened under its new name on Tuesday.

More employees will be hired in the next couple of weeks to continue manufacturing Homecrest products. John Sundet, chief executive officer, estimated fewer than 100 employees will work at the business.

• Students help spruce up Sunnybrook Park area

Sunnybrook Park is going "native" thanks to the help of the Wadena Freshwater Education STAR Students, the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District and the Wadena Parks Department.

The first phase will be a site prep this fall. Then in the spring native plants, trees and shrubs will be planted.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 26, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• WDC senior killed in crash

John Lawrence DeCock, 17, Wadena, died in a one-vehicle rollover south of Bluffton Oct. 22. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department, DeCock was northbound on 610th Avenue when he lost control of his 1988 Ford Tempo; it fishtailed and left the road. The car came back onto the road, rolling at least twice. DeCock was ejected from the vehicle which then landed on top of him. Tri-County Ambulance took DeCock to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls. The State Highway Patrol assisted at the scene.

• Storm warnings to get better

"We are in a black hole for weather coverage," Wayne Terry told Wadena County commissioners Oct. 3. "We don't pick up any signal."

Terry said Minnesota could get six new transmitters with bonding money. The new towers that would benefit Wadena are proposed to be built in Fergus Falls and Long Prairie. The Park Rapids and Detroit Lakes towers will also increase from 100 to 1,000, MHz, said Terry.

"We're going from no coverage to possibly three different signals," said Terry. "This will be great for people in rural areas."

Once the towers are in place, Wadena County residents could use weather radios to warn them of approaching storms, tornadoes or other disasters.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 22, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Long time Wadena businessman dies

With the passing of veteran Ford Motor Company businessman R.A. (Rich) Stuntebeck, 87, Wednesday evening at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, this community lost a hard-driving, enterprising and respected citizen who lived life to the fullest and enjoyed being with people.

• Wadena native named to Minnesota TOY honors

A Brainerd high school teacher who will soon be 32 years old is Minnesota's 22nd Teacher of the Year, one of the youngest in history.

Guy R. Doud, who teaches language arts to 10th, 11th and 12th graders, was selected by a panel of 24 judges from a list of seven Honor Roll Teachers, who, in turn, had been selected from 25 Teachers of Excellence. This year's search for Minnesota Teacher of the Year attracted 102 nominees from 94 school district communities.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 22, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• JC Extension Center 'is a reality'

The Junior College Extension Center is now an exciting reality.

"We have the classrooms, the Business Office, the student center, and the students. This is a great reward for those who have worked so hard to retain this goal," according to Gordon Lundeen, Junior College Extension Center Action Committee chairman.

• Christian growth workshop planned for Deer Creek

Theme of the workshop is "Problems and Challenges in Life." Under the guidance of topic leaders, the ladies will search the Scriptures for answers to present day social and religious problems. Topics and speakers are: drug addiction by Pastor Toivo Esala, New York Mills; Population Explosion by Pastor LeRoy Philaya, Sebeka; abortion by Pastor Herman Hoffman, Bertha; and relvancy [sic] of the Gospel by Pastor Paul Friedrick, Henning.

Ladies of the Deer Creek Lutheran Circle will serve the noon meal.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 26, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Didn't see or hear it ... driver roughed as car hits slow-moving train engine

Gordon L. Crocker, farm youth living near Verndale, was roughed up a bit when his 1936 two-door sedan struck a slow moving freight on the Great Northern crossing Tuesday morning.

In the impact, the engine of the train tore the grill, radiator, bum-front end of the car - and laid it in the ditch.

Crocker received a scratch on the hand and a bump on the nose.

• Series of radio plays being given by BSTC

Radio station KWAD carried "The Fall of the Hours of Usher," Friday evening. This is the first of a series of weekly transcribed broadcasts by the Bemidji State Teachers college Radio Guild. These 15 minute programs are featuring dramatic productions from stories of American authors.

Scheduled for Oct. 27 is James F. Cooper's "The Spy." Productions to be given soon are Oliver Wendell Holmes' "Autocrat at the Breakfast Table" and Washington Irving's "Ichabod Crane."