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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 17, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena on Pawlenty's list for drought aid

Minnesota's governor wants federal officials to declare Wadena County and 35 others drought disaster areas and asked state agencies to take other steps to help farmers affected by record dry weather.

• Director eager to grow Wadena

As Wadena's new economic development authority director, Dean Uselman hopes to build on what Wadena already has to offer for business while keeping an eye out for new growth and development opportunities.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 23, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• City swimming pool artists to paint mural at Sunnybrook Park

A mural depicting a north woods camping scene will grace the walls of a utility/shower building at Sunnybrook Park.

Dee Skogen and Gail Leverson will start the painting on Sept. 5. They also painted a mural at the city swimming pool about three years ago.

• Task force wants ideas for train depot

If you have an idea for the use of the historic Burlington Northern depot, the Wadena depot task force wants to hear it.

The task force on Tuesday agreed to ask the city to advertise for proposals for a good use of the depot. The task force will also ask the city to pay for reshingling the roof.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 19, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• From Sports Comments by Lyle Freer

The settlement of the NFL-USFL court case was probably the biggest game of the year for professional football. Many comments and opinions have been made and will be made, for instance, one player said, "I feel sorry for the USFL players and coaches who are in limbo now. Of course, maybe they always were in limbo."

A jury member said, "We felt the NFL had a monopoly, but that the USFL had so mismanaged its business that they would have fallen on their own, regardless of NFL pressure."

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

I hope you have a chance to admire the back side of Lynk's Coast to Coast store this week as they recently finished their remodeling project. The new sidings and energy efficient rear entrance really enhanced the rear of their store.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 19, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Cost at JC still bargain in higher education

Recent legislative directors raised tuition costs at Minnesota Junior Colleges by 75 cents per credit hour. Based on the rising costs of higher education, this increase was less than many had anticipated.

Students enrolling this fall will pay $7.25 per credit hour for tuition plus $1 per credit hour for student activity fees, or a total of $8.25 per credit hour including all fees. Books are additional and the cost will vary with the courses taken.

For the average full time student who takes 15 credit hours per quarter for three quarters, this will mean a total of $371.25 per year plus books and application fee. This means that a full year of college is available to the student who lives at home for a little more than $400.

• 13 head of cattle killed Aug. 13 on Foster Farm

Rain and some hail struck the Wadena County area Friday morning bringing much needed precipitation to most communities and hail damage to corn and oats crops.

Ray Foster of Bertha was not the fortunate one. An apparent bolt of lightning struck a wire fence killing 13 head of his yearling steers valued at about $2,500. The destroyed cattle lay in a row by the fence line after the lightning occurred.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 23, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Roller skating hits Wadena; result: happy throngs

"Gentlemen will please skate with hats removed."

That's the sign hanging from a large piece of canvas at the corner of Ash Avenue and Third Street S.E.

And it sets the tone of Wadena's newest and fastest growing establishment -- the roller rink.

Recorded organ music, which blasts out constantly, is tailored to the customers' preference of a moderate, 92 tempo.

Teen-age youths are unanimous in their evaluations of both [mananger Paul] Simpson and the roller rink -- "They're great."

But Simpson has learned that the novelty of such an undertaking wears off eventually. He questions the practicality of a permanent, indoor rink in a city as small as Wadena.

Meanwhile, the youths of the area -- who think this is the greatest thing since 7-Up -- will cross their fingers and hope.

• Band concert tonight

The Wadena Citizens Band, under the direction of Merrill Skalman, will play another in its summer series of concerts at 8 p.m. today (Thursday) at the bandstand near the city park.