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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 9, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena couple still celebrating love

Dorothy and Leo Neuerberg will wish each other a happy Valentine's Day on Tuesday. They still enjoy each other's company after more than 65 years of marriage.

• Meth bust nets two arrests in Wadena

Two Wadena women face $1 million in fines and 50-year prison terms after meth was reportedly found at their homes.

"It's part of a bigger operation and more arrests are expected," [Sgt./Investigator Tom] Crawford said.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 15, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• County prefers hand count; state wants high-tech voting machines in all precincts

"The Florida problem has become our problem all of a sudden," said Wadena County Commissioner Orville Meyer Feb. 6.

Meyer was referring to the 2000 presidential election fiasco when America waited weeks for results as Florida's ballots were counted, recounted and discounted.

Chad became a household word. Voter intelligence was questioned. Ballot format caused millions to doubt if their vote was counted.

• Organic feed now in Wadena

Wadena County farmers going organic no longer need to buy their feed by the semi-truck load, said DeEtta Bilek, consultant for Northern Cooperative Services.

Organically certified feed is now available in 50-pound bags at the Buckwheat Growers Association mill in the Northern Cooperative Services building in Wadena.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 11, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• School board hears proposal from hockey group to field hockey team

The Wadena Hockey Association made a formal presentation to the Wadena Board of Education last Tuesday proposing the establishment of a high school hockey team.

A contingent of 30 parents from the association attended the meeting and left after the presentation.

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

Don Bottemiller, an owner of Homecrest Furniture in Wadena, was the subject of a full-page feature story in this month's Minnesota Business Journal which is published in Minneapolis.

The informative article told how Bottemiller turned a "two-year job into a 20-year stay" and went into great detail on Homecrest's sale to Sperry and Hutchinson and the eventual repurchase of the company by Bottemiller, John Miles and Larry Calhoun in 1980.

It just goes to show that family owned businesses are not a thing of the past as some corporate writers would like us to think.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 11, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Sgt. Gary Bushinger wins Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Army Sergeant Gary J. Bushinger, 22, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Higgs, live on Route 2, Sebeka, Minn., recently received the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart while serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam.

• "Grandma" defies all odds, reaches age of 21 years

"Grandma" at B.J. Walz Rocky Ridge Dairy Farm of rural Sebeka is now 21!

Does that surprise you? It doesn't the Bernard Walz family of 16 children for their "Grandma" is a healthy farm female cat which has been a part of the family since around 1952.

When Ben made the selection of this black, orange and white cat, Ken Stofer told him it was two years old at that time.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 15, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Movies to be feature of farm meeting Feb. 22

The Minnesota Motor Co. of Wadena has scheduled a farm meeting for Thursday, Feb. 22. Entertainment will be the showing of a Technicolor talking picture featuring farm subjects, and will be climaxed with the showing of an Abbott & Costello comedy. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served after the show at the Minnesota Motor Co. showrooms.

• Concert association to feature stage play

The stage play, "Night Must Fall," will be the next offering by the Wadena Concert Association, and will be presented at Memorial auditorium, February 27.

This is a play of suspense and intrigue which came to the States from England in 1936 to become a hit on Broadway. Originally Emlyn Williams, the author, and actress Dame May Whitty, appeared in the drama. The same story was later made into a motion picture starring Robert Montgomery.

This is the first time in the existence of the Wadena Concert Association they have deviated from a musical program for their patrons.