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5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 1, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Editor joins PJ

Steve Schulz has joined the staff of the Wadena Pioneer Journal as its new editor. Schulz is a Fergus Falls native who has served as news director for Lakes Radio in Fergus Falls, station manager of The Lakes 99-5 radio in Perham, editor of the Perham Enterprise Bulletin and, most recently, the managing editor of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

He lives in New York Mills with his wife, Erin Bishop-Schulz, and black lab, Zoe.

• Editorial: Enron verdict, justice served

If you're keeping score in the ultra-rich vs. middle-income class warfare, the ultra rich suffered a rare defeat recently when Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling -- the former top executives of the now-collapsed corporation Enron -- were found guilty by a jury of their peers of white-collar crimes.

It's important that Americans have faith in their system of capitalism, but it's equally important that emerging democracies witness an honorable system for them to emulate. Can we really pass judgment on China's or Russia's economic model if we can't keep control of our own? Can we convince India or Mexico to see America's promise if we don't pass the American dream to those who follow the rules, and punish those who break the rules?

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 7, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• WWF urges youth to 'Smackdown' their vote

World Wrestling Federation superstar Kurt Angle tag-teamed with state officials Monday in an effort to urge more Minnesota young people to flex their muscle in the voting booth.

The beefy former Olympic champion and current idol of the professional ring joined Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer and Rep. Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm, to kick off the WWF's voter-registration drive known as "Smackdown your vote!"

• From the Law Enforcement Log

April 21: An imposter forged a name to rent a Sega machine and seven games from a Wadena store.

May 31: Dogs on Third Street in Wadena bark at basically anyone and anything.

June 3: Some jerk drove around Frame's Landing campground at 3:30 a.m. shouting threats at campers.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 3, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Vince Brown memorial project receives council OK

Wadena's city council approved a planning commission recommendation to establish a Vince Brown Memorial at south Sunnybrook Park and heard Councilman Dan Sartell's concerns involving the city's Dutch Elm disease (DED) control program during the group's regular session May 28 held at the fire hall.

The council also heard a request made by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ahlmers for a set-up license for the Wadena Bowling Lanes and Kip Browne's request that the Tri-County Community Center Inc. be exempted from property taxes.

• Wadena Senior High School graduation ceremonies

Graduation at Wadena was held Friday evening, May 30, with 138 graduating seniors. In his address to the full capacity crowd, Lowell Roisum, senior high principal, noted the excellence of this graduating class, and also recognized the retiring staff members. Four student speakers addressed their classmates and the choir and band both performed selections, giving the graduating seniors one last opportunity to perform.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 3, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Contemporaries musical group here June 12

The Contemporaries is a unique musical group composed of 57 high school and college age youth from west central Minnesota.

Teens in the group come from 20 communities in the area and represent a wide variety of musical talent. The group, under sponsorship of the West Central Minnesota Youth for Christ, was formed 5 years ago.

This year's edition of the Contemporaries presents the musical "Life" by Otis Skillings. "Life" has a message geared for life in the 70s: exciting, relevant and challenging.

• Area dog show being planned

The Wadena County Area Dog Show committee comprised of Mary Kay Schiller, Nancy Gronlund, Laurie Hartman, Karry and Kristie Schlichting met with state representative David Lindsey, to discuss the state sponsoring an Area Dog Show here at Wadena.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 7, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• 'Pine Cove Inn' is new name for Country Club

In an advertisement on another page of this issue of the Pioneer Journal, attention is called to the change in name of the Wadena Country Club. It is now known as the Pine Cove Inn.

• Local students win checker board quiz at Alexandria

Two members of Mrs. Kenneth Ostlund's FHA class, and two members of the John Hill FFA class participated in a Checker Board Quiz at Alexandria Tuesday of last week. The quiz won by the Wadena group was tape recorded, and was be heard over WCCO, Minneapolis.

Representing Wadena were Lou Ella Robb, Johanna Weller, Darold Falldorf and John Tigges. The four farm youths competed against a similar group from Alexandria.