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5 years ago

Excerpts from the April 13, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• St. Ann's looks to questions about future

After St. Ann's Catholic School faced a 50 percent decline in enrollment last fall, the school is making plans to increase enrollment and maintain its viability.

As long as people value St. Ann's and the school can maintain financial support, St. Ann's will continue, said Eileen Weber, St. Ann's principal.

St. Ann's enrollment had declined from 43 students in the 2004-05 school year to 22 students in the fall of the 2005-2006 year.

• Leaf River Ag opens new store

Leaf River Ag has expanded its business with a new retail center to serve those in the city, as well as those in the country.

"We felt we needed a presence here in Wadena," Leaf River Ag Manager Scott Dau said.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the April 19, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Old building demolished

The old ice cream factory at the corner of U.S. Highways 10 and 71 was toppled last week to make room for a meat market opening this summer. The factory was built in 1907 and housed the Monarch Ice Cream plant for more than 60 years. Workers cleared the site in less than a week.

• Joyce Ritacco: Traveling on to different challenges

Well, it's been 3 1/2 years since I arrived in Wadena and things have changed since I got here. I started out reporter, ended up editor for one. My mantra over 1 1/2 years as editor has been, "Deadline! We're on deadline here!"

Now an opportunity to grow has come my way, so it's off I go to Austin, Minn. - Spam Town USA. The Austin Daily Herald is where I'll put these nimble fingers to dancing across a keyboard.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the April 15, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Brainerd teacher visits Wadena after being selected U.S. teacher of the year

Guy Doud, formerly of Wadena, and a Staples high school graduate was named the U.S. Teacher of the year. He was presented the award yesterday in Washington, D.C. by President Reagan.

• Council discusses local issues with aide

Sen. Rudy Boschwitz's field director, Craig Ruschmeyer, met with members of the Wadena city council last Wednesday night receiving input from councilmen and staff on problems and concerns they felt the federal should know about.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the April 15, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Local Mrs. Jaycees plan Pepsi party

All girls interested in becoming possible contenders for the 1971 Miss Vacationland crown are invited by the Wadena Mrs. Jaycees to a preliminary Pepsi Party on Sunday, May 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Wadena Junior High cafeteria.

To be eligible girls must be between the ages of 18 and 28 by September 1972; United States citizens; residents of Minnesota for the past six months together with parents and unmarried.

• New irrigation equipment being developed rapidly

In the fast expanding world of irrigation new equipment and ideas are being developed at an increasing rate. In the past, sprinkler irrigation equipment was used and developed in the high plains states of Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.

Common use of sprinklers has now spread to other states.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the April 19, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• After 31 years - Wadena soldier gets victory medal

A war medal, and a citation, somewhat belated, has been received by a Wadena soldier.

Joe Egelseder, a veteran of World War I, last week, received a victory medal for having participated in the battle at St. Mihiel on Sept. 12-13, 1918. The battle took place in France, and was the first all-American drive of World War I.

• Editorial: Just what is behind it?

Millions of Americans, and we dare say millions in other lands, are asking themselves this question when considering the abrupt removal of General MacArthur as supreme commander of the anti-Communist forces in Korea. If MacArthur was commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in that unhappy country, we would like to know how Truman could remove him without first getting approval from the U.N.