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5 years ago

Excerpts from the April 20, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Rats back at empty Wadena building

Rats are back at the old Peterson-Biddick seed warehouse near the railroad tracks in southeast Wadena and are endangering an organic feed business next door.

Exterminators poisoned most of the rats but said in December the rats would never be entirely gone from the building because of the many floors and remaining feed in the basement of the building.

• From the Law Enforcement Log: April 11

Officers were dispatched to a business in Wadena to the report of a burglar alarm. When an officer arrived, he noticed a man standing in his underwear, pulling at the door of the business. The officer asked the man what he was doing. He said he wasn't doing anything. The officer then asked the man where his clothes were, and he said he didn't know. The man said he drank about five beers and used marijuana.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the April 26, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Lund theft may reach record at $14 million

The federal government will take over the prosecution of a New York Mills man accused of stealing millions from his employer, the Lund Boat Co.

That announcement Monday by Otter Tail County Attorney David Hauser coincided with his filing of a dismissal in district court dropping state theft charges against Gary Duane Schultz, 50.

• Collapsed building up for bids

Wadena County Commissioners agreed April 19 to solicit bids to demolish the old fairgrounds building on U.S. Highway 10 that collapsed this winter under heavy snow. The building was used as storage and already slated for destruction when it caved in. The county is seeking bids to have the site completely cleared, including the foundation.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the April 22, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Financial problems close Bertha hospital

The Bertha Community Hospital closed its doors for the second time in the past two years after facing financial losses and the lack of doctors to staff the facility.

• Wadena chosen as site for heart, diabetes study

A major study of diabetes and diseases of the heart, kidneys, eyes and nervous system will be conducted in Wadena, the Minnesota Health Department has announced.

Dr. Alan Bender of the health department said nearly one-sixth of the 4,699 people in Wadena will be tested starting Monday in an effort to come up with early signs of the diseases.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the April 22, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• North Germany Zion Lutheran Church plans 75th anniversary

Tall, stately spruce standing like determined sentinels surround a majestic white church and its churchyard in North Germany Township, Wadena County.

The sporadic traffic that passes by the church door is mainly that of farmers and their families who on Sundays methodically attend Sunday School and church. But there is also the travel of tourists who often frequent this area en route to the lakes and streams in northern Minnesota during summer vacations.

• Editorial: Loyalty Day 1971

Loyalty Day is observed on May 1, each year as a reminder to all Americans that we should give thanks for our priceless heritage and that we should never falter in our tenacious fight to counteract both the Communists and the domestic, radical elements which seek to overthrow our form of government.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the April 26, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• School reorganization election May 1

Next Tuesday, May 1, the people of a large part of Wadena County will go to the polls to vote for or against the reorganization of their school districts.

• Lucky '7' marks newborn calf

An oddly marked bull calf has been born on the Clayton Moyer farm in Bullard township. The unusual marking is a nearly perfect figure "7" on the forehead.

The calf's head is all black with an inch wide band of white forming the number seven from the top of its head to the point of its nose.