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Living History: Rats: 'It's good that they're still dying'

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 15, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• Cops nab 9 pounds of drugs from car

Wadena Police officers discovered about 9 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle after arresting the driver for allegedly assaulting an off-duty deputy.

The marijuana has a street value between $25,000 and $30,000, said Wadena Police Chief Bruce Uselman.

• Rat fight nears end

"It's good that they're still dying," said Lenny Anderson, manager of Absolute Pest Elimination in Wadena.

But he doesn't think that every rat will be exterminated at the old Peterson-Biddick Seed and Feed building near the railroad tracks on First Street Southeast in Wadena.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 21, 2000 Pioneer Journal

• Earl Mathison retires as WDC superintendent

After more than five years as Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent, Earl Mathison will retire from WDC.

Mathison has been using his skills to benefit the education world since 1966.

• Sleigh bells ring

Horizontal snow and arctic air didn't stop more than 100 holiday shoppers from taking carriage rides across Wadena on Dec. 16. This is the second year the Wadena Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event. Besides this horse-drawn carriage at Jefferson Square, there was also a horse-drawn sleigh that picked up passengers at Fix's Family Foods.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 17, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• Community Center

Hundreds of area kids took to the ice for the first time on Sunday afternoon during the Wadena Community Center's Open House. Manager Dan Patton said the ice is nearly ready with the first hockey game scheduled for Friday night.

• Private Brown arrives for duty at Fort Hood

Army Private Lyle G. Brown Jr., son of Lyle G. and Mary E. Brown of Route 3, Sebeka, has arrived for duty with the 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 17, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Uptown Cafe closes Christmas Eve

Joe Peavey, owner and manager of the Uptown Cafe, this week stated that his cafe will be closed on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and the opening of the new Uptown is expected on or before Feb. 1, 1971 at its new location.

The present cafe building has been purchased by Tapleys making way for expansion of the Ben Franklin store facility.

Peavey's Uptown Cafe will be located on Jefferson Avenue South in what was Gregory's Laundromat and what is presently the Pizza Dena.

• KWAD radio station gets bomb call

A woman who would not identify herself called the KWAD radio studios Monday morning and said there was a bomb in that building.

KWAD personnel notified both the county sheriff and local police officers who checked the building for the reported bomb. Authorities checked the studio and adjacent offices but discovered no bomb.

It was reported that Mrs. Cash of Wadena also received an anonymous call Sunday as to a bomb that allegedly was in her window sill.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 21, 1950 Pioneer Journal

• Chest x-ray unit is installed at Wesley Hospital

The x-ray department at Wesley hospital has undergone a partial reorganization and is adding new equipment.

A small chest x-ray unit similar to those being used by the State and National organizations' mobile units has been installed, and all patients admitted to the hospital will now be required to have a chest x-ray at a very nominal fee. This type of equipment, which is being used in the larger metropolitan medical centers, is the only one of its kind in this area, states Dr. C. W. Parker, radiologist at Wesley hospital.