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5 years ago

Excerpts from the March 16, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Tammy Swift: Anger dials up for online user

This is why I cannot live with dial-up internet. Life is too short. There are eBay auctions to win and videos to watch.

It's amazing how quickly we take such technology for granted. In college, we stored our papers on floppy disks that were actually floppy.

As far as I knew, the Internet was some kind of tulle sewn into a dress to make the skirt pouffy. "Google" meant staring at a hot guy, then yelling "Yahoo!"

• Donation restarts entrance sign effort

Wadena entrance signs could be in place by this summer after a Wadena woman donated $14,000 to help with construction.

Wadena City Administrator Brad Swenson told the Wadena City Council at its meeting Tuesday that Jane Kurtti called him and wanted to donate money to the city. She asked about donating money for Wadena entrance signs.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the March 22, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• 2001 Wadena County Dairy Princess crowned

Devory Hoeper, the 2001 Wadena County Dairy Princess, knows her agriculture. The 19-year-old daughter of Kevin and Anita Hoeper of Blue Grass is a sophomore at Ridgewater College, majoring in agricultural education with an agronomy emphasis.

• Kids Count study unveiled

A statistical snapshot of the health and well being of Wadena County children shows that they are graduating on time, but many are abused, neglected and living in poverty.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the March 18, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Roof collapses

The roof of the former Ken-Ken company building on north U.S. Highway 71 in Wadena [was] reported collapsed under the weight of snow at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Building owner Ralph Stinar said the structure had been vacant for nearly three years and plans were under way to raze the building. A public utilities official said there was a power outage in that block for about an hour caused by the collapse of the roof. There were no personal injuries reported in the incident.

• Juveniles win sportsmanship trophy at state tourney

The Wadena Homecrest Juveniles came home with the 1986 State Sportsmanship trophy when they skated in the State Juvenile hockey tournament held at Maplewood this past weekend. They played three games, winning over Hill Murray Pioneers 4-3 and losing to Edina 5-3 and Wayzata 8-1.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 18, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Two New York Mills men killed in head-on crash at Bluffton

Two New York Mills men died as the result of a two-car head-on collision just east of Bluffton on U.S. Highway 10 early Sunday morning and a Dent lad was hospitalized in serious condition at Wesley Hospital following the crash.

Dead at the scene were Andrew A. Tenhunen, 47, and a passenger in his car, Robert Hepola, 36, both of New York Mills. Taken by Oslen Ambulance service to Wesley Hospital by Ralph Paradeau was Jerry A. Ronning, 18, of Dent.

• Ben Franklin Grand Opening Mar. 25-27

The grand opening sale of Wadena's completely remodeled and expanded Ben Franklin Store will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 25-27), the Tapleys, owner-operator, announced this week.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the March 22, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Vera-Ellen visits here Wednesday

As the sun rules the day and the moon governs the night - a star took over Wadena yesterday to control the afternoon. It was the reappearance of the vivacious film star who has brightened Wadena's streets on two other occasions - Vera-Ellen. The dancing-singing blonde is the niece of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Maurer, and the graddaughter of Mrs. Mary Rohe of Wadena.

Vera-Ellen's appearance at Wadena on this occasion was an unexpected side-trip. Appearing at Minneapolis Tuesday night for the dedication of the Variety Club Heart hospital at the University of Minnesota, the trip here was arranged by Louis W. Orlove, of the publicity department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer pictures of Milwaukee, Wis.

The Wednesday visit was of short duration. She left here on train No. 2 for Minneapolis, where she took a plane for California. Upon her return to Hollywood she is scheduled to start production of a new picture, "Belle of New York," in which she stars with Fred Astaire. Her English production "Happy-Go-Lovely," which was made in England last summer will be released in about two months in this country. In the English drama she is starred with David Niven.

• Editorials: Our money's on McCarthy

When Senator McCarthy of Wisconsin first opened his barrage on the State Department, charged that it was shot through and through with radicals, pinks and even "commies," he was assailed and villified as no other man had been in our time.