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5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 15, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Spotters keep eyes fixed on the skies

Wadena-area weather spotters are important in tracking storms and could be the reason a storm warning is issued.

Weather spotters are important because the more people that are watching the skies, the more effective the weather service can be in issuing warnings, [Meteorologist Gregory] Gust said. In Wadena County, it is especially important to have weather spotters because it is on the edge of the Grand Forks radar area. The radar doesn't see the bottom 100-200 feet of a storm but sees the upper levels of a storm. Weather spotters can see the lower part of the storm and call in suspicious activity.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 21, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Tornado totals: Families' property destroyed In June 13 storm

The plan was to let out the dogs, check the garden and prepare to spend the night in the camper. They never made it to the garden. Instead, Michael Rothfusz and his children huddled in the dark in their Windstar van, a building collapsed around them.

The rural Parkers Prairie property owner had unknowingly driven into the midst of severe weather, including an F-3 tornado, that ripped a band of destruction through central Minnesota the evening of June 13. Like others along the storm's path, the Rothfusz family came out of the ordeal without injury.

• Tornado classified as F3

At the end of last week the National Weather Service reported that there had been 10 tornado touchdowns in rural Minnesota in three days.

The biggest one to hit the area cut a 1 1/2-mile swath for about 11 miles northeast of Parkers Prairie. It started at 6:53 p.m. one mile west of the Otter Tail County town, destroying trees. It developed into a multiple vortex (mini tornadoes within a large one) and caused the most severe damage in a 100-yard strip along County Road 40.

Wind speeds reached 160 mph at its peak, said Jonathan Brazzell, meteorologist with the Grand Forks Bureau of the National Weather Service. That speed classified it as an F3 tornado -- midway on the tornado scale.

Thunderstorms, heavy rain, hail -- some golf ball sized -- and strong winds created havoc for a much wider area through Wrightstown, Hewitt and Verndale.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 17, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Maria Moore in pageant

Maria Moore, daughter of Duane and Eunice Moore of Wadena, participated this past weekend in the Miss Minnesota Pageant. Maria was a finalist, a first-ever for Wadena. Sunday evening local residents shivareed her at home, and she shared her experiences with them.

• Lisa Bates to represent Minnesota at national youth leadership conference

Two students from each of the 50 states will be attending a leadership conference at Indianapolis, Indiana later this summer. One of these students is Lisa Bates, a junior at Wadena senior high school and the daughter of Bill and Linda Bates.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 17, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena County Fair features auto collision contest

The Wadena County Fair has announced an event that should generate plenty of excitement for both spectators and contestants, billed as an Auto Demolition Derby.

Plenty of this has been going on around the nation, on expressways and turnpikes, but now the fair going public can witness motor mayhem put on as an entertainment contest with the drivers winning cash prizes and trophies for their skill in ripping fenders and grills. Probably a blessing in disguise, too, as the cars will undoubtedly be jalopies that deserve to be retired to the junkyards for highway safety.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 21, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena blind boy's short story wins contest in New York

The New York Times in the issue of June 15 carries a story about John Boyer Jr., of Wadena, winning a short story contest. The article by the Times was as follows:

"First prize in 'The Lighthouse' short story contest for blind children over the country was awarded to John Joseph Boyer, 14-year-old student of the New York Institute for the Blind. At a brief ceremony in The Lighthouse, 111 East Fifty-ninth street, the young writer received a United States Savings Bond.

"His story, 'The Ghost and the Undertaker,' will appear in the next issue of the Braille publication, 'The Searchlight Magazine.'"

• Wadena soldier on way home from Korean war zone

A Wadena soldier, Lt. Leo N. Goche, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Goche is enroute home from the Korean battle zone under the army rotation system. According to word received by the Goches here, their son arrived at Seattle Sunday, but is not expected to arrive in Wadena until the first week in July.