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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 23, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• St. Ann's Catholic School to look at steps to take to meet future's goals

Most long-term residents of the Wadena area know that recent years have been a time of introspection of St. Ann's Catholic School.

Enrollment has declined at a rate exceeding that of local public schools. Lay personnel have replaced religious staff who once operated the school. Cost per student has increased, surpassing the national average for Catholic schools.

• Hospital's surgery area to expand

Tri-County Hospital's surgery area will expand with an additional surgical room and more space.

The project is part of Tri-County Hospital's $15 million expansion and renovation project.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the March 1, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena area dumped on

The Wadena County area was dumped on by between 15-19 inches of snow over the weekend, an accumulation the area hasn't seen in about three years. The extra snowfall amounted to too much for some buildings. The roof of Chuck's Auto Repair, Colfax Avenue Southwest, caved in due to the weight of the snow, as did the Lions Community Center roof in Verndale.

• Snow storm burglary at Deer Creek Elementary school

Burglars broke into the Deer Creek Elementary School last weekend as the snow fell, nabbing stereo equipment and children's lunch money.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 25, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Area teachers outraged by education proposal, organize to secure their positions

"The Minnesota Plan: The Design of a New Education System" has succeeded in accomplishing something that few others have been able to do; six education organizations have formed a coalition, called the Six-M. The groups in this coalition are not known to work together. But, on the Minnesota Plan, they are united - strongly against it!

The Minnesota Partnership proposes that K-12 schooling be reorganized into elementary schools (grades K-6); academically focused common high schools (grade 7-10); and a third level of specialized schooling chosen by students (grades 11-12).

• From a letter to the editor by Phoebe Wiebe

Women are frequently referred to as poultry.


We cluck at hen parties. When we aren't hen-pecking men, we are egging them on. In youth we are chicks. Mothers watch over their broods. Later we are biddies with an empty nest syndrome.

Is it just a coincidence that so many women's wages are chicken feed???

Ain't that fowl?

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 25, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Financial aid available to J-C students

College is available to central Minnesota at a low cost. The average full-time student attending the Wadena Junior College Extension Center is paying about $400 for a full year's tuition, fees and books.

• Wadena wrestlers win second spot in District 24

Wadena finished second to Staples for the second time in a week Saturday in the District 24 wrestling tournament held at Little Falls.

Staples scored 128 points to win the title outright.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the March 1, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Another star for W.C. Zimmerman, Wadena general

The promotion of Brigadier General Wayne S. Zimmerman to the rank of major general has been announced by General Mark W. Clark, chief of Army field forces, with headquarters at Fort Monroe, Va.

General Zimmerman, a native of Wadena, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry in 1918. He was promoted through the grades to brigadier general, which appointment he received on Sept. 7, 1944.

• Population booms at Wesley Hospital

In the busiest week at Wesley Hospital since the war years, the hospital population was increased, as 19 babies took up temporary residence. The largest single day increase was Feb. 20, when four girls and a boy became residents. The next busiest day was Feb. 22, with two boys and two girls increasing the population.

All the babies were born between Feb. 19 and Feb. 25. In the stork derby, the girls outnumbered the boys 11 to 8, but it hadn't been reported which made the noisiest appearance.