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PJ file photo From the Feb. 4, 1986 Pioneer Journal, David Butzin (center) is led from Morrison County District Court by Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr (left) and Deputy Steve Young (right) after Butzin was convicted of second degree murder.

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 2, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Fultz family looks toward heaven's promise

The way the Rev. Al Fultz figures, heaven will offer fine fishing.

He's looking forward to finding out. It will be soon.

Doctors have told him that he has only a few days left here. The melanoma cancer that's been sharing his liver for more than a year made a greedy move lately, taking over other organs.

• High school fashion and dress code

Kevin Trout, Wadena-Deer Creek 11th-grader, finds jeans and T-shirt to wear to class every day.

Alician Schmidt, Wadena-Deer Creek 7th-grader, wears pair of gauchos and a trendy top.

Michael Astle, Wadena-Deer Creek 12th-grader, likes to wear untucked button-up shirts and a nice pair of jeans.

Dani Scheer, Wadena-Deer Creek 10th-grader, likes vintage T-shirts and ripped jeans.

This winter the high school halls fill with the styles of T-shirts, sparkly big purses, crop tops (as long as they don't show the belly) and jeans.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 8, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Minnesota unemployment rate/growth

Minnesota Department of Economic Security Commissioner Earl Wilson announced that Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 3.1 percent, unchanged from November but up from 1999's 2.5 percent.

• It's no joke: Bringing a gun to school is a felony

Following Columbine last year, Staples-Motley school superintendent Ken Scarbrough wrote in a public letter, "Our hearts break for the families in Littleton. However, we also begin to wonder, can something like this happen to us? Then the terrifying realization comes -- yes, it can."

In the past four months, five area teens were charged with gun incidents at school, three in Verndale and now two in Staples.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 4, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Jury finds Butzin guilty

A jury of nine men and three women found David Butzin guilty of second degree murder on both counts in the deaths of his wife Melody and son Alexander.

The jury deliberated nine and a half hours before reaching the verdict in Morrison County District Court Thursday afternoon.

The trial had moved from Wadena County due to pretrial publicity of the Butzin drownings.

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

I can't remember when I felt as bad as I did after the Challenger exploded on takeoff last week.

I'm sure I was not alone in the shock I felt or the emptiness I experienced. I only remember feeling that same loss when Kennedy was assassinated back in 1963.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb, 4, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Robert C. Zosel elected to Wesley Hospital Board

Robert C. Zosel was elected to the Wesley Hospital Board of Directors at the annual meeting conducted January 27, 1971, according to Earl Schillo, administrator.

Elected officers for the coming year were: J.M. Browne, president; Sanford McDonald, vice-president; Luther Nervig, secretary; and J. Harold Peterson, treasurer.

• Don Golightly new S & L Store Manager

Don Golightly, who received training between 1965-1967 (1 1/2 years) at the S & L Store in Wadena began his managerial duties at the local S & L effective Jan. 25, 1971.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 8, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• School reorganization committee will meet

The school reorganization committee of Wadena county will hold their annual meeting tonight (Thursday, Feb. 8) at the court house in Wadena. On the agenda will be the election of officers.

Editors of the county newspapers have been invited to attend tonight's meeting, to draw plans for a series of publicity articles to appear in newspapers on the proposed school reorganization. The election of the school reorganization will be held in May.

• From Our Town With the Editor

From Walter Winchell's column we spotted this one, "Vera-Ellen tells intimates that F. Astaire's new MGM contract stipulates she is to be his dancing partner in all films made there." Vera-Ellen, niece of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mauer of Wadena, is rated as one of the top feminine hoofers in the cinema capital.