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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 12, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Tri-County gets $500,000 grant to help telecom effort

Telecommunications at Tri-County Hospital, health care facilities and area schools will expand by $500,000, thanks to a grant awarded Tuesday.

With the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for distance learning and telemedicine, the hospital will update its telecommunication services to schools and health facilities.

• Deer Creek business offers more

Deer Creek Oil & Tire has expanded to offer more to its customers.

The convenience store now offers more groceries, breakfast rolls, sandwiches and coffee. Also, the store has animal feed products and soon will have DVD rentals. Before the store sold only gas, pop and candy.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 18, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Money available for MnDOT study of U.S. Highway 10

City council members were given a pleasant surprise when Tom Swenson of the Detroit Lakes MnDOT station visited them Jan. 9.

Swenson, a project manager for Mn/DOT, informed the council that MnDOT received word they had the funds to conduct a U.S. Highway 10 bypass study for Wadena within the next two years. They have until June 2003 to spend the funds.

• Big home win for WDC girls basketball

The Jan. 12 conference match-up for the Wadena-Deer Creek girls basketball team and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers started quietly, but ended big with a 49-30 win for the Wolverines.

This game put the Wolverines No. 1 in Mid-State, and 3-0 in the conference.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 14, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Hewitt family escapes early morning fire

A habit of waking early each morning saved the lives of Herbert and Alma Wachlin and son Paul of Hewitt who escaped a house fire with only the clothes on their back.

The Wachlins' house was considered a total loss and neither the contents or structure was covered by insurance.

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

John Van Doorn, representing the Minnesota Retail Merchants Association spoke to a small crowd of interested citizens and business owners last Tuesday on Bloomington Mega Mall.

Like his organization has predicted, apathy for the project in rural Minnesota is running rampant with most business owners really not informed on developments.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 14, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• 'Crawling Arnold' in District 24 play contest

"Crawling Arnold" by Jules Feiffer, a hilarious spoof of modern society and its "hang ups," will be Wadena High School's entry in the District No. 24 one-act play contest.

• From a letter to the editor by Michael R. Merickel

I address this request to all readers: young and old, whether for, against or indifferent to the present conflict in South East Asia, and ask your help in soliciting the government of North Vietnam to show your concern for the plight of the American men held as prisoners of war.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 18, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Editorial: No time for hysteria

Psychologists tell us that fear often leads to hysteria and there must be something to the contention judging from the milling about by our leaders in Washington. Some days they are stirred by self-righteousness and want to go in and police the whole world with American boys. Later, this bombastic feeling is succeeded by a craven fear which imagines a Communist under every bed and that in turn is succeeded by hysteria.

• Buicks go on display

The new line of Buicks will go on display Saturday, Jan. 20, at Minnesota Motor Co., in Wadena. The new line contains three series of cars, ranging from the low-priced Special up through the Super to the luxury models in the Roadmaster. The new Buick has undergone advances in styling design coupled with major chassis and body improvements.