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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 19, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Tapley wetland issues may be resolved

Wadena is hoping to finally settle a case of disturbed wetlands created when the city fixed a drainage problem nearly four years ago.

On Jan. 10, the Wadena City Council voted to give up roughly 16 acres of land on the north side of the old airport to replace an acre of wetlands destroyed in a 2002 Tapley Park project.

• New owners take over Nite Owl

New owners of the Nite Owl Lounge and Restaurant plan no changes, at least for now.

Jilene and George Fiemeyer, wife and husband, are the new owners of Nite Owl.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 25, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Verndale Grocery gets lots of home town support

When one business closes in a small town, it affects everyone, especially if that business is the town's sole grocery store.

The people of Verndale refused to let that happen to them.

Twenty-two investors put up the money to re-open Verndale Grocery after it closed six months ago.

• Committee takes up Ventura's XFL gig

Politics is a contact sport and the players were hitting high, low and hard on Friday, Jan. 19, as a House committee took up the issue of Gov. Jesse Ventura's contract with the Xtreme Football League.

"He's selling himself and he's using the people of Minnesota to boost the value of his persona. He is using his position," said March Asch, president of the governmental watchdog group Common Cause Minnesota.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 21, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Butzin trial begins today in Little Falls

The murder trial of David Leon Butzin of Sebeka is scheduled to begin today in District Court in Little Falls. According to court officials, jury selection was completed on Friday.

Butzin is accused of pushing his wife Melody Sue Butzin and infant son Alexander Franklin Butzin into Cat Creek in Meadow township where they both drowned.

• Michele Schmith to perform at Super Bowl XX

Super Bowl XX will be of special interest to many Wadena area people; not only the football game itself, but the eight minute pre-game show and the half time presentation will feature one of the international entertainment "Up With People" casts. The game will be aired on NBC.

Michele Schmith, daughter of Bud and Marion Schmith will be in the pre-game show, taped in Brussels, Belgium in November. Michele was also selected to play piano in the "Up With People" band on the podium during the half-time show.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 21, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• CD director holds meeting at manor

At the tenant's regular monthly party held Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Humphrey Manor, Evelyn Erckenbrack, Village of Wadena Civil Defense director presented a combination safety and civil defense program.

After a brief review and question and answer period, H.O. Bergee from the Wadena high school audio-visual department showed two selected films: "Fire - Cause For Alarm" and "Slips and Falls."

The program was very well received and the tenants appreciate the forethought and efforts to provide and remind us of the value of these safety programs, according to Cecilia Sommars, executive director.

• From a letter to the editor by Don Richter

It was a rare and interesting event to hear Norman St. John-Stevas, British member of Parliament speak on, "The World of Tomorrrow: The Social Effect of Abortion," at the Prom Ballroom, St. Paul.

Children are not the property of their parents; but we are all fellow fetuses, at different stages, and the whole of life is the realization of our potentialities.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 25, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Car-train crash kills 3 Nimrod people

In the worst grade crossing accident in the annals of recent Wadena village history, three young people lost their lives at noon Saturday. A lone freight engine traveling west to Dilworth struck the car driven by Marvin Wilson of Nimrod at the Jefferson street crossing in downtown Wadena.

Victims of the accident were: Marvin William Wilson, 20; Darrel Philip Meader, 22, and his wife Beverly Jeanette Meader, 18; all of Nimrod.

• 'Blood Saves Lives' is adopted slogan

At a meeting held Wednesday evening at the Peterson club rooms in Wadena, available speakers in conjunction with the Red Cross blood drive met with publicity chairman, Ralph Stephens. An outline of the program was given by Stephens, and information was given the speakers to use in organizations which they represent.

In speaking to the group, Stephens commented that some call the Red Cross blood program the beginning of socialized medicine. But there is no justification to this charge whatsoever.