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PJ file photo A JCPenneys ad from the March 11, 1971 Pioneer Journal advertised all-weather coats.

5 years ago

Excerpts from the March 9, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Community center plans expand

New exercise and weight room equipment could be just the beginning of additions at the Wadena Community Center if plans for expansion materialize.

John Paulson is co-president of the Wadena Community Center Facility Feasibility Committee that has been working with architects and consultants to develop a feasibility study for expanding and renovating the center.

• Wadena welcome signs still wait for sponsors

Proposed Wadena entrance signs are waiting for sponsors' welcome.

Last spring the Wadena City Council agreed on the design for five entrance signs, but funding is still needed for the signs' construction.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the March 15, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Huge turnout in support of rural schools

Turning out in mass, teachers, school board members, superintendents, parents and students from Bertha, Hewitt, Browerville, Clarissa, Eagle Bend, Frazee, Vergas, Staples, Sebeka, Verndale, Wadena, Parkers Prairie, Perham, Dent, Long Prairie, Grey Eagle and New York Mills showed up in Wadena Saturday, March 10, to inform local legislators that Governor Jesse Ventura's budget cuts will do untold harm to rural schools.

• From the Law Enforcement Log

A Wadena video renter failed to return "Lost In Space," "Shanghai Noon" and "Life" since Jan. 31.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the March 11, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• New community center manager focuses on community utilization

Many people around Wadena still have the attitude that the community center, built last year, was a mistake. Then, after the center opened this past fall, a manager was hired. He was here for several months when the community learned that he had been dismissed. Fingers were raised in the "we told you so" adage.

But now, a new manager has been hired, and has plans to overcome these doubts that many Wadenans still have.

Bob Fleming is not a newcomer to the management of recreational centers.

"You have to start somewhere, and grow ... As time goes by, I'd hope to keep it on its feet; solvent over the years. Then, when we can, to add on ... mainly a swimming pool."

• Firefighter Burns retires after 22 years of service

Bill Burns, local high school art instructor and a Wadena firefighter for the past 22 years, officially retired as an active from the department Mar. 4, 1986.

"In his years of service, Bill held officers positions of assistant fire chief and local fire marshal with the department," Fire Chief John Edinger said.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 11, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Bob Tapley named Downtown Cancer Crusade chairman

John G. Askew, 1971 Wadena County Cancer Crusade chairman, today announced that Robert E. Tapley Jr., will head the Wadena Downtown Unit of the crusade.

Assisting Bob will be Archie Coson, Virgil Beane, Sam Phillips, Richard Quincer, Robert Iken, Russell Green and Walt Smith.

• Alfred Vorgert retires after 41 years at Bluffton Creamery

Of his 42 years as a butter maker, Alfred Vorgert has been at the Bluffton Creamery 41 of those years.

Both Al and his wife Lovina retired January 11, 1971, but the Vorgert name remains prominent in the dairy business throughout Minnesota.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the March 15, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena's acceptance to blood unit termed as 'wonderful'

According to [Larry] Flaherty, blood custodian, a quota of 48 pints of Monday's contribution had been set up for Korean shipment, and Tuesday, Wadena was called upon for an additional 72 pints, making for a total of 120 pints of blood for the armed service.

Wesley hospital at Wadena received its first blood and plasma Tuesday afternoon from the bank at St. Paul. This now means that any resident of Wadena County, or a resident outside the county who has not participated, but but is a participant at the hospital may receive blood without cost.

• Gripe & Groan for C & C Monday night

Monday evening, March 19, members of the Civic and Commerce Association will meet for their first night meeting. The committee in charge of arrangements are Erv Borden, Joe Peavey and Herb Robinson.

The meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Firemen's room in the city hall. The gripe and groan session will be concluded with a free lunch.