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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 7, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Superstation's singer a state champ

Country music fans who came out for the Colgate Country Showdown in Wadena in July might not have known it then, but they were looking at the state champion, and maybe a budding country star.

Greg Amudson, of Miltona, beat out 10 other acts, including Wadena's own Mikey Howard, at the state competition last weekend to advance to the Midwest regional.

• Extreme brush with fame

Gabriel Line, formerly of Verndale ... is a realtor with Prudential LRES of Fargo, and he has been working with Heritage Homes of Fargo on a home that was built for the TV show [Extreme Makeover Home Edition] in Minot, N.D. The home was built in four-and-a-half days after the family's old home was moved off site. The show will air this fall on ABC.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 13, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Terrorist tragedy felt in Wadena

Attorney Luther Nervig's son, Phillip, was on the subway when the planes hit. When the subway didn't stop at the towers, passengers became upset, unaware of destruction above them.

"It wasn't until they emerged that they realized what happened," said Luther Nervig.

Because of the difficulty getting through on the phone, Nervig finally heard from his son two and a half hours after the planes hit the towers.

• Pastors' vacation over: Cup of coffee may have saved lives of priests

The Rev. Peter Kirchner, pastor in Verndale and Blue Grass Catholic churches, and the Rev. Jeff Ethen, pastor in Parkers Prairie, traveled together from Minnesota to New York to sightsee.

What they saw isn't what they expected.

Because of an itinerary change, the pastors weren't in the towers when terrorists hit the buildings. They would have been, though, if they hadn't lingered over another cup of coffee.

Ethen called Al Edenloff, editor of the Echo Press, to report that he and Kirchner were safe - and busy.

When they left the coffee shop, they saw the buildings coming down, said Edenloff. They were scheduled to be on the observation deck of the World Trade Center at 9 a.m., just minutes before one of the planes hit.

Because of a travel delay, the pastors were late arriving and decided on a second cup of coffee before going to the observation deck.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 9, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Robby Grendahl says his new heart has real kick

What has been a summer long struggle for Robby Grendahl and his family has turned out to be a miracle and a chance at a normal life for the 14-year-old hockey player from Wadena.

[His father] Bob said that until Robby is on his own, his insurance will cover some of the expenses. "But what happens then?" he asked. "Will he be able to get a job? We don't know that ..."

Bob hopes by that time, people will be more educated, and the insurance companies will not discriminate against people who have had medical problems. He also hopes that more people will become involved in the donor program.

• Lorelei Kraft speaks at BPW program

[Lorelei] Kraft was invited to speak in Wadena by the Business and Professional Women's organization.

Relating experiences over the years, she showed her anger of being discriminated against because she was a woman. Living in Wisconsin when she started her wedding candle business, Kraft said that she was purchasing insurance for the studio. "Through the Lorelei Studios, I bought and paid for the insurance, from a check signed by me; the president and janitor of the company, and then asked to have a rider for my husband and kids ... The policy came back and guess who was the owner? My husband! The dependents were Lorelei, Keith and Kristen. I was listed with the kids!"

The Village of Smoky Hills was built, equipped and employed in a matter of five weeks and five days.

"And I was named Minnesota Business Women's Owner of the Year; after all that, I had a man who told me last year that women ought to be chained to their kitchen sinks, because they take jobs away from men who need them!"

She continued, "But it was only 10 years ago that the physician of the President of the United States made that statement, that women are not fit for leadership because they have raging hormonal imbalances every 28 days!"

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 9, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Rev. Fred Carlson to be installed

Installation services for the Rev. Fred Carlson of Bethany Lutheran Church, Blue Grass will be Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m.

The Rev. John P. Strand, president of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, will preach and officiate at the installation. Mrs. Roderick Stave of Wadena will sing at the service. All are welcome to attend. Following the service lunch will be served.

• Jaycees spearhead gazebo building

Wadena Jaycees announced at their regular meeting this past Tuesday evening that they would spearhead an effort to construct a completely screened in Gazebo style building at Shady Lane Nursing Home grounds.

Preliminary plans call for the construction of the facility with a diameter of 12 feet on a concrete platform near Whiskey Creek that runs adjacent to Shady Lane grounds.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 13, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena soldier gets Oak Leaf cluster

First Lieutenant Leo N. Goche, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Goche of Wadena, receives the first Oak Leaf cluster to his Bronze Star medal from Brig. General W.H. Colbern, assistant commandant. Goche served in Korea with the Second Division Artillery, and returned to the United States the latter part of June on rotation leave. At the present time he is attending an artillery class at Fort Sill, Okla.

• Deer Creek girls join Woman's Air Force

Miss Ardelle Buchanan has joined the Woman's Air Force and is stationed at Lackland Air Base in Texas. This is the second young lady of this community to join the WAF. Mae Stewart has also joined and is stationed at Lackland Air Base.