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5 years ago

Excerpts from the July 13, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Behavioral health hospital opens

State and local mental health professionals, social services officials and politicians gathered in Wadena to celebrate the opening of the Behavioral Health Hospital Friday. The hospital will serve as an in-patient facility for individuals with acute mental illness.

• Towering history

The Wadena County Historical Society is hoping to salvage a towering remnant of community history Saturday when it will remove the old Wadena County Courthouse tower from the county fairgrounds. The society planned to move the structure July 8, but a crane malfunction delayed the process.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 19, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Following the session, Ventura muses on his leadership

With no margin of error whatsoever, Gov. Jesse Ventura's opinion of opinion polls is reliably disdainful.

On a scale of 1 to 10, you can rank his dislike of polls a rock-solid 10. The governor repeatedly dismisses the results, saying he refuses to govern by the thumbs-up or thumbs-down caprices of a random sample survey.

• Wind power puffs into Todd-Wadena Electric Co-op

Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative is offering its members wind power.

Bill and Donna Amundson of rural Bertha already have signed up for the alternative power. "I called the office and told them to sign us up," says Donna Amundson.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the July 15, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Charges filed against Staples man in death of grandfather

Formal charges were filed against Bryan Dean Smith, 21, rural Staples at 1 p.m. Monday in Wadena County District Court involving the alleged shooting death of Jacob Fellman, 72, at his rural Staples home July 5.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Department had arrested Smith, grandson of Mr. Fellman, who was found shot to death July 5, 1986, county authorities said.

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

The Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors weekly frog races every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. and you don't have to own a frog to participate.

The chamber supplies the frogs and the kids supply the fun ... prize money is awarded to heat winners plus the overall winner wins a special Frog Race Cap from the Chamber.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 15, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• 'Young and Free' at county fair

The Young and Free are five collegians who are totally committed to changing the world. They begin by changing hearts, through effective folk-rock music for young people, featuring guitar, drums, electric bass and organ.

Their unique understanding of the problems and frustrations of today's youth puts them in a position of understanding and empathy as they communicate some of the solutions to these problems.

• Airman Miller home on leave

Airman Victoria Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. Miller, 621 2nd St. N.W., Wadena, recently spent her leave in Wadena visiting friends and relatives.

Miss Miller graduated from the Air Force Inventory Management Specialist Course, at Denver, Colorado on 22 June, 1971 and will proceed to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., for her first permanent assignment with the Air Force Headquarters Command.

Her recruiter, MSGT Deutsch from Brainerd, arranged a "brunch" for interested girls in this area so they could learn first hand what the Air Force "is like."

Vicky entered the Air Force in March of this year. She is a 1970 graduate of Wadena High School.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the July 19, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• This issue of PJ goes in corner stone

This issue of the Pioneer Journal will be placed in the vault of the corner stone at the new Masonic temple Saturday afternoon. At such time when the building is destroyed, and the vault is opened, some future generation will no doubt smile at our simple way of living in the year 1951.

• Racing 'Eddies' to be feature at county fair

Two "leadfooted" gentlemen, both with identical surnames of "Eddie," but with last names of Scandinavian origin, Larson and Anderson, are but two of the many stock car drivers entered in the sprint races scheduled for the Wadena County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 2.