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5 years ago

Excerpts from the March 2, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• School remodeling planned

A custodial closet will become a computer lab, and a rarely used locker room will be an art station as part of Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary remodeling projects.

• Old airport land change could begin next spring

The city of Wadena could begin construction of a road with residential lots at the old airport property by spring 2007, engineers said.

Wadena City Council met with engineers on Feb. 22 to discuss a plan to start developing the old airport property near Sunnybrook Park.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the March 8, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• From the Law Enforcement Log

Feb. 23: Police arrested two intoxicated Wadena residents when one bit the other, a normally quiet person, on the lip when they were head butting in a Wadena fast food restaurant.

March 23: A dog barked at 2:25 p.m. on Second Street in Wadena.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the March 4, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Butzin sentenced to 32 1/2 years for deaths of son and wife

Judge Timothy Baland sentenced David Leon Butzin to 32 1/2 years in prison last Tuesday for the drowning deaths of his wife Melody and son Alexander.

"There was verbal abuse in our marriage and only that," said Butzin.

"This case gives us an example of the use of violence -- it alters the natural order ... sons should live to bury their fathers when in this case a father actually buried his son," concluded Baland.

• Carpenter calls farm situation national crisis at Chamber banquet

National Farmers Union President Cy Carpenter called today's farm economy a "National Crisis - and nothing less" last Tuesday night during the keynote address of the Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 4, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Census Bureau reports 1970 population of county is 12,412

Wadena County's official population in the 1970 census was 12,412, up 1.7 percent from the 1960 figure of 12,199, the bureau of the census, U.S. Department of Commerce reports.

The official population of the state was 3,805,069, up 11.5 percent from the 1960 population count, which was 3,413,864.

• MCCL urges stand on bills on abortion

The Wadena Chapter of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Inc. was organized recently in Wadena.

MCCL is a non-sectarian organization that speaks for the rights of unborn children and is currently engaged in the fight against further relaxation of the present Minnesota abortion law which allows abortion only to save the life of the mother.

Co-chairmen of the Wadena Chapter MCCL are Mrs. John Andrie and Mrs. Don Lorentz. Mrs. Paul Beckel is secretary-treasurer.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the March 8, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• 'This ain't my fault' Judge has own ideas

At Verndale Friday night, two cars collided, with scratches to fenders amounting to around a couple of dollars. One gentleman in the mix-up suggested as long as the cost was negligible, each could stand their own repair bill, and "it would be alright."

The tippler disagreed, stating "It was not alright!" He was in the right and he would not pay for something that was not his fault, and ordered a call for the highway patrol, "to prove he was right."

The highway patrol at Wadena was called, and as the officer gathered facts, he detected an aroma which did not come from the radiator of the car. The tippler was taken into custody.

Later in court, the judge said, "$100 and costs."

• March roars in with double blizzard

City, county and highway crews have put in a busy time the past week opening highways, and keeping them open following a double-barreled attack of Old Man Winter. The snow storm which started Wednesday, Feb. 28, running through March 1, dumped 9.1 inches of snow here. Temperatures sagged to 11 below Thursday night, accompanied by the forecast that a new storm was on its way.