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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 3, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Fairgoers weathered heat

People and animals alike battled the heat over the weekend and during the Wadena County Fair.

"Considering the heat I think it went pretty well," said Fran Kueker, Ag Society president.

• 'Historic' bus garage needs to be repaired

An unexpected discovery last May that the warehouse serving as a garage for the Friendly Rider Transit System is listed on the National Register of Historic Places is putting a crimp in the county's plan to renovate the deteriorating building.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 9, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Live grenade found by Menahga

A rural Menahga man found a live grenade, probably from World War I, on his property.

The man told the Menahga Police Department on Monday that he found the hand grenade lying in some bushes on his property. A deputy recognized that the grenade was probably live and secured it.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office called the Explosive Ordnance Division at Fort McCoy, Wis., who x-rayed the grenade that night and determined it was live. The ordnance division disposed of the grenade by exploding it.

• Human remains found in Crow Wing

Two people tubing on the Crow Wing River 10 miles north of Staples on Aug. 5 found part of a human skull in the water near the riverbank. According to Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr, after recovering the skull, deputies found another small piece of bone nearby, although it isn't determined yet if the second bone is human.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 5, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• First Ms. Sorehead at Verndale

Barb Schenk was totally surprised when named 1986 Verndale Strawhat and Sunbonnet Days sorehead following Saturday's kiddie parade on main street by 1985 Verndale Queen Kim Trosen and 1985 sorehead Bob Schultz. Barb as official sorehead declared to all women present that they can be soreheads for a year.

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

The first annual Wadena Hockey Association and the Four Seasons Bar-B-Que was ranked as successful in my eyes as everyone seemed to have a good time last Friday.

The Four Seasons Manager Jerry Miller said they served more than 400 during the evening celebration and plans to make some changes in the format for next year.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 5, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Three area patrolmen assist in murderer's arrest

Three Wadena area highway patrolmen assisted with the apprehension and arrest of two men charged with murder and a woman with burglary Thursday, July 29, following the fatal shooting July 28 of Mrs. Virginia Wrobel, 64, Minneapolis, near Walker, Minn.

The three were arrested about four hours after the woman's body was found, according to authorities.

• Wadena CAP squadron hosts 10 Norwegian air cadets

Nine ebullient Norwegian-air cadets and their counselor Trond Frederick Woxen were hosted by the local CAP squadron, Donald Anderson, Commander, July 28, under the International Air Cadet Exchange Program.

Trond introduced the cream of the crop of Cadets from Norway who also are visiting St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, Alexandria, St. Cloud and Brainerd on their Minnesota tour.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 9, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Sebeka youth is first polio case in Wadena County

The first case of polio in Wadena county was announced this week by the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis. In their weekly bulletin sent to Joseph Mettel, Wadena, who is still acting as county chairman, actual cases and suspect cases for Minnesota are given. Mettel stated that so far actual and suspected cases in the state are scattered and there is no concentration at the present time.

• From Our Town With the Editor

Editor Everett Mills in the Montevideo American says a TV station recently claimed that they have more circulation than the largest magazines in a certain major center. A poll was taken to see how many people see TV in bars -- the returns were staggering.