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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 31, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Hong Kong journalist sizes up Wadena during U.S. tour

Polly Hui, a journalist from Hong Kong, took time to visit Wadena during a trip to the United States to learn more about legal reporting and heritage conservation.

When she arrived in Minnesota last week, she said the weather was colder than she expected.

"It's the coldest place I've been yet," she said.

• Wal-Mart may open in January or February

Construction of the Wal-Mart building on Juniper Avenue northwest could be completed in early December but the store wouldn't open for six to eight weeks after that, said Wadena planning and zoning director Byron Larson.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 6, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Pasture walk to be Sept. 11 near Motley

A pasture walk has been scheduled to start at 3 p.m., Sept. 11, at the Nathan and Chad Converse Farm northeast of Motley, said Tom Hovde, Wadena County Extension Office.

• Local women named Dream Girls

The week of June 21 through 24, 17-year-old Marissa Browne of Wadena was crowned 13 and up Overall Supreme Beauty at the 2001 National Dream Girls USA Pageant in St. Louis.

Abby Harrison of Wadena also competed in the Dream Girls USA National Pageant, where she placed fourth runner-up in her age division, first in fitness-wear, third in talent and fourth in portfolio.

Amanda Serrano, 15, of Henning, was crowned National Royal Supreme Beauty, passing on her 2000 National Supreme Beauty Queen title to Browne.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 2, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Gas prices on the rise again

This past summer, consumers have been delighted with the low prices of gasoline, ranging across the country from 67 cents in some states to a high of $1 per gallon. These prices have been 36-45 cents per gallon lower than the last three averages.

However, the beginning of August brought dismay to the gasoline consumers as they once again saw local gas stations out on their ladders, putting higher, not lower prices on their marquees. Prices seen thoughout Wadena this past summer saw a range from the mid 80s to the low 90s.

• Grendahl running telethon

KWAD Radio Wadena will hold a Robby Grendahl radio running telethon Thursday, Sept. 11, starting at 7 a.m. whereby individuals wishing to contribute funds may do so for Robby who has undergone a heart transplant at the University of Minnesota Heart hospital.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 2, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• John Boyer continues his education in computers

John J. Boyer, son of John H. Boyer of 1019 Second S.E., Wadena, will be continuing his education in advanced computer techniques.

He will start working for a master degree in computer science at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio this September. The Case professor who heads the computer department also is blind.

Boyer is presently employed as computer programmer for the Willoughby-Eastland Schools. He has been blind since birth and deaf since he was 8 years of age.

He communicates either by sign language through the hands or by use of his Braille "teletouch" machine with typewriter keyboard that gives braille impressions.

• Wadena Junior College opens Sept. 7 for its second year

The Wadena Junior College Extension Center will open for the fall term of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, according to Extension Center Citizen's Committee Chairman, Dave Walter of Wadena.

Walter said, "This marks the beginning of the second year of instruction at Minnesota's First Junior College Extension Center."

Classes will again be held upstairs above the Public Library just across the street from the Administration and Student Center.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 6, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Hewitt soldier home from Korea

Sgt. Shirley Knight, son of Mrs. Harry Lewis of Hewitt has arrived home from the Korean war zone, and is spending his furlough with his mother at Hewitt, and with a sister, Mrs. Pete Card of Staples.

• 40 Kenny volunteer polio workers have kick-off tea

Mrs. Paul Richter and Mrs. M. G. Rowe were co-hostesses at a "kick-off tea" for 40 Sister Kenny volunteer polio workers Tuesday afternoon. The function was held in the new home economics department at the Public School with two senior Girl Scouts, Wanda Danielson and Jeanette Erdman assisting the women.