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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 3, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• New mural puzzle piece

The mural on the back of the Grunst Chiropractic building is the third in the series of the Pieces of History Alley Arts Institute project. It shows the Minnehaha waterfall, animals and the Ojibwa people hauling furs. Around the corner of the building will be a steamboat on the Mississippi and Lake Pepin with a barge and pleasure crafts.

• Halloween uneventful

Halloween night went pretty smoothly for law enforcement.

Barring a couple egg incidents, a few pumpkin smashings and a few alcohol violations, the evening went well, better than previous years, said Wadena police department Sgt./Investigator Tom Crawford.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 9, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Voter turnout impressive

Wadena County citizens made their wishes known Tuesday, when throughout the county 75 percent of registered voters chose candidates they felt represented them.

The turnout was phenomenal as presidential candidates Al Gore and George Bush ran a tight race. In Wadena County 3,733 voters opted for Bush, while 2,351 opted for Gore. In the city of Wadena, Bush also beat out Gore, 1,076 to 709.

As of press time, the final national vote tallies in the presidential race were not available.

• September unemployment rate

Minnesota Department of Economic Security Commissioner Earl Wilson announced that Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 2.7 percent, down by one-tenth percent from last month and also down by the same amount from a year ago. September marks the 35th month of the last 36 during which Minnesota has enjoyed unemployment at or below three percent.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 5, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Change of venue requested for David Butzin trial

The defense for a rural Sebeka man accused in connection with the Aug. 13 drowning deaths of his pregnant wife and infant son, has requested a change of location for the trial, feeling a fair, unbiased jury couldn't be gathered in Wadena County.

That request was made by Public Defender Peter Irvine, during an omnibus hearing held in Wadena Friday, on behalf of David Butzin, who is being held in the Wadena County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and second-degree murder. Bond has been set at $100,000.

• Racquetball: new sport now available in Wadena an excellent way to keep in shape

A popular sport in many parts of the country, racquetball is just catching on here, following the opening of Wadena's new community center, and as those who play the game can testify, racquetball provides an excellent method for staying in shape.

According to Dan Patton, community center director, use of the three racquetball courts is steadily increasing, with the evening hours between 4-8 p.m. the busiest.

Another game which has been introduced to Wadena's racquetball courts is known as Walleyball.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 5, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Anderson, HHH, Bergland, Graba win contests in general election

Wendell Anderson was elected governor of Minnesota, defeating GOP challenger Doug Head while Hubert Horatio Humphrey was returned to the U.S. Senate following Tuesday's general election.

Unofficial returns show that Joe Graba, local high school instructor, soundly defeated incumbent Ron Everson, Representative from District 54B which includes Wadena and Todd Counties. Pete Bursch of Alexandria and Senator from District 54A was apparently dumped by Bertha mayor Myrton Wegener.

• WHS Indians Spank P-R Panthers, 29-8

The Wadena Indians ended a successful football season Friday evening with a 29-8 Mid-State Conference victory over Park Rapids.

The Indians finished the season with an excellent 8 and 1 record and 5 and 1 in the conference. Crosby Ironton won the Mid-State with a 6 and 0 mark.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 9, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Republicans sweep state ticket in heavy voting

In the heaviest off-year vote on record, Governor Luther Youngdahl led Republican candidates who swept into office on the state ticket. Fair weather, plus four lively contests attracted a near record vote for Wadena village.

• Staples murder case continues mystery

A.A. Perkins, of the state bureau of criminal apprehension, with Todd County Attorney Frank L. King, was in Staples last week continuing their investigation relative to the finding of the body of a murdered baby there Aug. 19.

All leads so far have reached a dead end, and the investigation has reached a point now, according to King, whereby the officials must rely upon the public for any source of information, so that leads can be followed with the possibility that the criminal can be apprehended. The information asked by the Todd County attorney and the state man must be new, because all information leads so far received and followed have been unfounded or false.

Between 25 and 30 people were interviewed last week, stated the Staples World.