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A photo of new area inductees during the Korean War ran in the Feb. 22, 1951 Pioneer Journal.

Wadena geared up for mock air raid

By Rachelle Klemme

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 19, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Meth task force hopes to update membership

Wadena County's meth task force is working to update its current membership to include more citizens with different perspectives such as people faith community, youth or parents.

• Old airport project kicks off

A new street with new lots will connect Sunnybrook Park to Alfred Avenue in northeast Wadena, a step toward development of 200 acres of land at the old airport.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 22, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Bridge removal elicits fond memories

The removal of bridge No. 89405 over Leaf River on County Road 109 near the old Otto Peterson farm came quickly, without any fanfare or notice to the public that travel that area to the Wadena Golf Course or northwest to U.S. Highway 71 that the road would be closing.

• Hang 'em high

"We don't see a lot of horse theft anymore," said Wadena attorney Mark Hansen. Now we have Internet credit card theft and cyberporn, he said.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 18, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• 'All aboard' is call of local organization

Many remember the program on television about 15 years ago that began each day with an exuberant "All aboard! Train number seven leaving on track 11!" As youngsters watched the daily program, many parents also took delight in the show host, depicting a train engineer.

In Wadena, there is a club that also takes a special interest in trains ... model trains. They are the Wadena Model Railroaders, an organization that was established about one year ago.

• New MNA president

Michael Parta, 38, co-publisher of the Wadena Pioneer Journal was elected 1986 president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) at its annual convention this weekend in Minneapolis. Parta served as 1985-1986 president. This is the first time since the late 1920s that a Minnesota publisher-editor has been chosen as a two-term MNA president.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 18, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Community action, youth environment seminar at St. John's 'U'

Former governor Harold Lavender gave a short talk on the benefits to be derived from having a Youth Environment Community Action Council in each out-state community.

Additional discussion supported the fact that today's youth on the average, are the best-educated, best-motivated, most idealistic and socially concerned generation yet produced in America and that any community that has a sincere concern for its youth must initiate innovative involvement programs.

• First thaw of season

The citizens of the county have been patiently waiting for a break in the frigid weather for over a month.

Their patience paid off as weather Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday saw the thermometer climb to 32 degrees or above. Warmer temperatures were accompanied by clear skies and welcome sunshine in the season's first thaw.

Kids were wading in water puddles and snowballs were the thing of the day.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 22, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Plans drawn for mock air raid to be staged here

Nearly 50 were in attendance at the Civil Defense meeting held in the Council Chambers of the City Hall Monday evening. Director Harry T. Ames outlined for those present the duties they would fulfill when the stimilated [sic] air attack is staged in Wadena.

• Blood unit volunteer workers will meet Thursday, Feb. 26

There will be a meeting of the Volunteer workers who will be assisting when the Red Cross Mobile Blood Unit comes to Wadena on March 12 and 13. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, Feb. 27 at 6:45 p.m., at the Peterson-Biddick club rooms.