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PJ file photo The Geiser triplets from New York Mills, Kenny, Derek and Matthew, appeared in a Hardee's commercial in the mid-1980s.

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 26, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Wal-Mart plat to be up for approval

The planning commission will recommend that a plat for a Wal-Mart addition be approved, setting into motion a construction process for the Wadena Supercenter.

• Donkeys beat cows in thistle control

A local farmer has discovered donkeys effectively control thistles, after the University of Minnesota Extension Services conducted three years of research on his farm.

The study has shown that donkeys are more effective than cow/calf pairs. Char Moyer of Compton Township participated in the study.

"I was just looking for a low-cost way to control weeds," Moyer said.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 1, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Alley work to begin this summer

After sitting through a quagmire of information and gathering even more, the Wadena City Council decided in a unanimous vote Jan. 23 to approve the alley project, which will start in 2001. They also decided to apply for Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) funds for street improvements on U.S. Highway 71 and to place the streetscape light project, which includes sidewalk replacement, on temporary hold until the U.S. Highway 71 work is scheduled.

• From the law enforcement log, Jan. 24

Wadena police confiscated a six-pack of beer from an intoxicated 911 caller who said something about a dead body and a Texas prison escapee after watching a breaking news story.

A Wadena resident who said she needed love requested alcohol detoxification.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 28, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Butzin trial enters second week

David Butzin is on trial for the first degree murder of his wife, Melody Sue, and second degree murder of infant son, Alexander, who both lost their lives in Cat Creek near Sebeka on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1985.

• Geiser triplets star in commercial for Hardee's restaurant chain

The term "Hardy Boys" no longer means the two teen brothers who enjoyed solving mysteries on television. At least, not in this area of the country.

Spelled a little differently, "Hardee's Boys," now goes along with the names of Kenny, Derek and Matthew Geiser, also known as the Geiser triplets from New York Mills. They recently starred in a commercial for the Hardee's food chain.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 28, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• New Uptown Cafe to open

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Peavey announce this week the opening of their new Uptown Cafe facility. The new facility will accommodate approximately 150 people. Of this, the coffee shop will accommodate 40, the public dining room 70 and the private banquet room 35.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 1, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Largest group of inductees leave

Wadena county's largest group of inductees to leave since the Wadena Selective Service office opened late last summer, departed by bus Monday afternoon for the induction center at Minneapolis.

Previous to the inductees leaving, a committee from the Wadena Civic & Commerce served coffee and doughnuts to the men and their guests, and also presented them with a small gift. The men also received a gift from the VFW Auxiliary, with Mrs. Charles Link and Mrs. Grace McClelland making the presentation.

• Tire chases car... catches it too!

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Fossen and two children returned Sunday afternoon from a month's trip to California.

Dick had an unusual experience on the return trip to Wadena. While traveling out of California, 11-year-old Billy was admiring the scenery, when the car hit a bump in the road (California has them too). Billy still looking at the scenery, spotted something else: "Look Pop, a tire is chasing us."

When the car hit the California bump, the tire had jumped from the luggage carrier on top of the car, landed in the ditch, rolled for nearly half a block parallel with the car, it then took a right angle turn, followed this course for nearly 150 feet, then angled again heading back to the road, ran through a three foot bush, and stopped right beside the car. Dick picked up his tire, put it back in the carrier, and again the family headed eastward.

Shortly afterwards, the car again hit a bump, and again Billy was watching scenery, and in his views exclaimed: "Pop, there goes our tire again." This time the tire wasn't so obliging; it fell flatwise, and Dick had to retract to retrieve it.