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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 5, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Editorial: Look ahead to '06 with optimism

During the first days of 2006, we'll go with he optimism that makes the United States unique among nations.

While the economy is strong, unease is just below the surface - fed by the loss of pensions, airline bankruptcies, major layoffs in such key industries as the Big Three automakers, high energy prices and an apparent slowdown in housing sales and home building.

• Slightly colder college leads to energy savings

College students are facing classrooms that are 1 degree colder, thanks to mandated energy savings.

In meeting requirements from the state and the Minnesota State Colleges and University System, the Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Wadena campus, has made changes to become more energy efficient.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 11, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena residents converge on council chambers

A public hearing at the Wadena City Council Chambers Monday night brought throngs of residents to city hall as they packed the chambers to overflowing and engaged in lively debate. Two projects have captured the city's attention. Both are slated to start within the next two years and include the Jefferson Street alley work and the first phase of the downtown streetscape project that includes new decorative lights and sidewalks.

• Former Pioneer Journal editor dies

Laura Dorothy Imm, 86, died Dec. 15, 2000, in San Antonio, Texas, of pneumonia.

Imm was the editor at the Wadena Pioneer Journal during World War II. In 1946, she won a Minnesota and national award for the best weekly newspaper edited by a woman. Later she purchased her own newspaper, the Hubbard County News, in Nevis, Minn. She operated this newspaper until 1957, when she sold it and went to Minneapolis to act as a business manager for the Lutheran Digest for 12 years. In 1969, she started her own publication, the Lutheran Review, and moved to Houston, Texas. In Texas, she was instrumental in the creation of the town of Roman Forest and served as one of its first mayors. In about 1975, she retired to Kerryville in the Hill Country of Texas where she lived for about five years. Due to the failing health of her husband, Dr. L.S. Imm, she moved to San Antonio. After his heath she purchased a partially developed housing development and started her own construction company, called Imm Construction Co., and completed the development.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 7, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Meeting slated to discuss subsidies for proposed mall

Government subsidies for the proposed Bloomington mega mall, and the possible impact of the mega mall on existing retailers along main street and in the malls throughout Minnesota is the topic of a one hour presentation to be held in Wadena at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Four Seasons, U.S. Highway 10 West.

• Progress

A project which has also received a great deal of attention is the construction and completion of the Wadena Area Community center located on Community Center Drive.

Groundbreaking occurred in October,1984 with the dedication and open house for the new facility held Sunday, Dec. 8, 1985.

Toby Pierce, chairman of the 11-member board of directors of the Community Center, said sports fans from throughout Minnesota and the Dakotas are amazed at the cooperation of the community and private individuals who pledged financial support of the facility.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 7, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Faith Community Church established

Faith Community Church, a local governed body but affiliated with Elim Missionary Bible College located at Lima, N.Y. and with the Free Christian Assemblies of Mobile, Ala., is an inter-denominational church presenting the whole gospel for the whole man. It is located in Verndale.

• Minnesota population up 11.5 percent

Minnesota's population grew 11.5 percent over the past decade and stands officially at 3,805,069, the Census Bureau has disclosed in revised figures.

In 1960, the population was set at 3,413,864.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 11, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena sixth in state as trading center

Wadena placed sixth in the state of Minnesota as a trading center in 1948, according to census figures released in 1949 tabulations. In the list of figures, 15 top cities were given. The figures are interesting to the extent that three of the 15 cities are in northern Minnesota. More revealing, however, is the fact that Wadena, the smallest of the three northern cities, ranks above the other two, Grand Rapids in ninth place and Thief River Falls in 15th.

• Wrestling card will feature television stars

The first wrestling card of the winter season will be held here next Monday evening, Jan. 15, starting at 8:30, at Memorial auditorium. The attraction is under the sponsorship of the Wadena Jaycees and will feature television stars and lady wrestlers. The bouts have been arranged by Paddy Nolan of Little Falls.

The special event of the evening will be a match between lady wrestlers, Ramona Rundquist of Minneapolis vs. Lorraine Johnson of Hollywood, Calif. Miss Rundquist is recognized as the ladies' Minnesota state champion. Lorraine Johnson, the atomic blonde is a Hollywood stunt girl, and her appearance in California is comparatively new.