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5 years ago

Excerpts from the April 27, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Wal-Mart work begins

Breitbach Construction of Elrosa began moving dirt this week on the future Wal-Mart site in the area behind the Fix's Family Foods and Pamida. The city has not yet received an application for a building permit, but construction workers are moving dirt and making access roads to the property, said Byron Larson, city planning and zoning director. The building permit is required before building construction can begin.

• Local group hopes to prepare for pandemic

Wadena County officials hope to be prepared in the case of a pandemic, whether it be avian (bird) flu or another disease.

A drill could be planned for the fall of the year and involve communications. The drill could outline what to say to the public and when to tell the public about a pandemic.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the May 3, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Dick Hess: Nine days and counting 'til fishing opener

The 2001 Minnesota regular angling season opener is May 12. Are you completely prepared for this piscatorial ritual? Make a mental check-off list of things to accomplish so your opener is an enjoyable, not hectic one. First, check the weather forecast so you won't suffer from hypothermia. Second, select your favorite lake to troll or cast for walleyes or scrappy northerns. Thirdly, check your boat, motor and equipment - including batteries, fishing electronics, trailer lights, trailer wheel bearings - and don't forget to count life jackets so you have an approved one for everyone in the boat. The fourth item to remember is your trusty rod and reel. Oil the reel, spool a new line if necessary and have a handy landing net and stringers along. Fifth - and most important - fish for fun and have an ample amount of patience when you're at the boat ramp launching or unloading your boat. Finally, be certain you are carrying your angling license and that your boat and boat trailer are properly licensed.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the April 29, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Slated to appear ...

Slated to appear at the Volunteer Fair and two other agencies in Wadena, Governor Perpich was unable to travel to Wadena because of testimony needed in Washington, D.C. to oppose establishing nuclear waste sites in Minnesota. In his place, Lt. Governor Marlene Johnson, and his wife Lola appeared, and took time to greet Minnesota Green Thumb workers after Mrs. Perpich presented Paul Anderson with an appreciation award for the agency's 20 years of service.

• from Business Bits by Greg Collins

Last Wednesday's Volunteer Fair should be ranked a sweeping success as hundreds of people toured the displays and everyone turned out with the exception of the governor.

Perpich has never been one of my favorite politicians but his sudden change of plans to testify in Washington after accepting a speaking engagement here in Wadena ranks of poor taste. What makes me really mad is that we devoted space on our front page for his photo.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the April 29, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Rail passenger service era to conclude May 1

Wadena in common with countless cities and village [sic] throughout the United States will wake up Saturday morning, May 1, 1972, to find itself in both a unique and critical situation with the cessation of railroad passenger service.

This drastic move dictated by the newly created National Railroad Passenger Corporation [was] created by the Congress in a "too little and too late" move to head off what was certain bankruptcy for the railroads.

• Doreen's dream of dialysis machine comes true with coupon gifts

Doreen Kinner's dream of having a dialysis machine to give her life at Lake Benton is a reality because of the cooperation and aid of hundreds of persons from the Wadena county and outlying areas.

Doreen's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cyriack of Wadena, report that Betty Crocker coupons have assisted in the purchase of a necessary dialysis machine, an electric mobile chair, and also a blood testing machine for Doreen. Donation of coupons from so many central Minnesota people to Radio Station KWAD and the Pioneer Journal has totalled more than 40,145 according to Grace Cyriack.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the May 3, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Foiled: School reorganization plan rejected by county voters

In the proposed District One (Wadena area), without exception, every rural district expressed a "no" vote. In Wadena village, a small handful of voters gave acceptance to the plan: 78 votes for reorganization and 18 votes against.

• Nine changes due on school faculty

Nine changes in the Wadena School faculty will be necessary for next term, it was announced Tuesday by Supt. Ted Tofte.

Bill Larson, mathematics instructor, and assistant coach received his call for service on Monday of this week, and is given 25 days from the date of his physical examination, to report to Pendleton, Calif. Larson joined the faculty at the start of the school term last fall, and has been on the active reserve list with the marines.

Other teachers who have turned in resignations are Marilyn Mattson, third grade; Lila Anderson, first grade; Lois Carlson, junior high English; George Elstad, band; Emily Keeler, junior high English; Patricia Morken, senior high English; Mrs. Berlioth Otslund, home economics and Alethe Weger, vocal music.