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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 29, 2005 Pioneer Journal

• New law curbs teen cell use

Rachel Davis knows what can happen while talking on a cell phone and driving.

She thinks a new law that prohibits drivers younger than 18 from talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones while driving except in emergencies is a good idea. The law is one of several state laws that take effect on Sunday.

• Wadena Inn changes inside, out

Wadena Inn and Grill has undergone a makeover, inside and out.

Gail Johnson is the new general manager of Wadena Inn and Grill and continues to bring changes to the restaurant and motel.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 4, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• From the law enforcement log

An intoxicated Wadena resident at 1:30 a.m. took a Blazer as a joke from Garfield Avenue, hit another vehicle, panicked, dumped the vehicle on 7th Street, then took a cell phone from another vehicle to call for help before being arrested.

• Rural RR crossings to get cross arms, lights and bells

At no cost to the county or townships, five Wadena County railroad crossings will get signals between now and 2004.

In Wadena Township, the crossings at Oink Joint Road and County Roads 109 and 107 will get signals.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 31, 1985 Pioneer Journal

• From a column by Robert T. Smith

I received a cordless telephone for Christmas. How convenient, I thought.

Now I can lounge about in the backyard and not have to go into the house to answer a phone call.


And then I got to thinking. How convenient should life be? Or could be?

Will we find in the year 2010 that we don't have to move at all?

By the year 2010, maybe I won't have to get out of bed at all. Gadgets will go to work for me and feed me and read to me about the pioneers who had no gadgets.

And robots? They're getting cheaper every day. They can do housework and serve cocktails and whatever.

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

As the year comes to an end, it's time to sit back and think of the positive things that happened in Wadena during 1985.

Two of the community's biggest accomplishments were the grand opening of the new library and community center.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 31, 1970 Pioneer Journal

• Commissioner clarifies state, local snowmobile authority

With the onset of the first snows and cold weather, snowmobile enthusiasts are currently enjoying their favorite sport on Minnesota's frozen lakes and in forests and field throughout the state.

Jarle Leirfallom, commissioner of conservation, said, "There may be some snowmobile regulations in the minds of snowmobile owners and municipal officials and a review of the laws and regulations may be helpful."

• New name, new duties, new symbol for new Department of Natural Resources

On Jan. 4, 1971, the Minnesota Conservation Department will cease to exist. In its place will be a new "Department of Natural Resources," created by the Legislature at the 1969 session.

The Conservation Department today unveiled the new insignia that will be in use when the name change takes effect and pointed out that the law which changed the Department's name also made some changes in the department's structure.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 4, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Holiday celebrators maintain the peace

New Year's Eve was a quiet one for Wadena citizens, at least from the standpoint of traffic violations.

No violations were reported, either in the village or on area highways. Last year, five drivers broke the Wadena laws, while seven got too gay on the highways.

• Kenyon Vikings to meet Indians in Friday battle

Wadena high school's basketball Indians are set to open the new year with a bang against the Kenyon Vikings in the Memorial Auditorium tomorrow night (Friday).

The "A" game starts at 8:15, with a preliminary at 7 p.m.