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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 14, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Food shelf use skyrockets

Food shelf use in Wadena has increased by at least 50 percent in a year, according to local volunteers, and holes are visible on shelves.

"A year ago, we had 20-30 people come in each week and now we're seeing 50-60 people," said Sharon McLeod, Wadena food shelf director.

McLeod attributes the increased food shelf use to the economy, which she said isn't doing as well as people might think. Debby Yates of Nimrod volunteers at the food shelf and said since gas prices have increased, food shelf use has increased and donations have decreased.

• Column: Fall TV, football, ads are back

I generally don't watch shows when they're on, except for those can't-miss shows like ABC's "Lost," a new favorite of mine. Rather, I tape shows with a VCR and later speed through the commercials. You can watch a half-hour show in about 22 minutes, and very few shows are so good I'm willing to sit through the commercials.

Why? Political ads. They absolutely enrage me. I'm tired of hearing X candidate try to scare me into believing that if I was stupid enough to vote for Y candidate, the U.S.A. will crumble, ice cream will no longer taste good and puppies will no longer be cute. Please.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 20, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• U.S. flags a scarce commodity

If you haven't already bought your U.S. flag, you may be too late.

Flags started flying out of Wadena stores last week, after the terrorist attack on New York City.

Several Wadena store managers and workers said they were caught by surprise when a large number of people showed up asking for flags.

Store owners and club managers have ordered more flags and are hoping they'll arrive soon. But stores across the country are having similar problems. As patriotism hits a high, flags are in short supply everywhere.

And that's a good sign for everyone, said Bob Tubandt, owner of Lyle's Shoe Store. He hung a flag in front of his store last week and encouraged others to do so.

"Anytime we have a tragedy like this, people should show their respect by flying a flag," he said.

• Column: Remember heroes; count your blessings

Thousands of people who worked in the World Trade Center still are missing. On the television news, we see dozens of people holding posters and photos of their loved ones. It's easy to turn the channel when we can't face the tearful eyes of a woman holding a photo of her brother who worked in the World Trade Center. There isn't much - if any - hope he is still alive. She knows. We know. He, like thousands, never returned home. And probably won't.

Makeshift morgues are set up near the ruins of the World Trade Center and Pentagon to hold the victims of this most vicious attack.

Yet in all this devastation come hope and heroes, including the ones who perished. Hundreds of firefighters and police rushed to the scene, only to be killed when the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. And the passengers aboard the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania fought the hijackers to land in an unpopulated area. Those people, though they knew they were going to die, had the presence of mind to force the plane to crash in an area that would at least not kill any more on the ground. Who knows how many lives they saved? How many of us could have done the same? How many of us in the last, panicky moments would have been able to think through such a plan?

And there are heroes who keep coming back day after day, emergency workers who keep digging through mounds of rubble, hoping that maybe, just maybe, someone else is alive under there. Day after day, we hear of tired and weary workers. They keep digging. Family members keep hoping.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 16, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Being an organ donor; really no reason not to

"We really encourage people to sign up for the donor program," John Siess said last Thursday during the KWAD telethon for Robby Grendahl. "It is a great way to save a life."

Throughout the day KWAD programming live, held a telethon for Robby which raised a staggering figure of $26,500. The caring given by area citizens and businesses was much more than organizers had ever dreamed of.

• from Sports Comments by Lyle Freer

Greg Fritz, director of the World Cycling Championships, on the lack of recognition for the event: "We got a call from somebody who said he was collecting aluminum cans for the 1986 World Recycling Championships. We didn't have the heart to tell him what it's all about."

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 16, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Mercury, Continental car lines for '72 in Wadena

Ken Stuntebeck Ford will publicly introduce its Mercury and Continental car lines for 1972 on September 17.

Introduction of a completely redesigned line of intermediate-six Montegos and an all new Continental Mark IV make 1972 one of the most significant product change years in Lincoln-Mercury Division's history.

Stuntebeck said that these new products coupled with President Nixon's new economic program could make the 1972 model year the best in history.

• Community Camera Club meets on new day

The Community Camera Club will convene in the Rotary Club building at Sunnybrook Park on Monday, Sept. 20 at 8:30 p.m., a week earlier than the regular time. Sigfried Grondahl will show slides taken on his recent trip to the Black Hills and other places. Will different ones bring tablecloths?

Visitors are always most welcome.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 20, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena to welcome U.S. Marine Band

Wadena will be honored Sunday, Sept. 23 when the United States Marine Band, under the direction of Major William F. Santelmann, appears here in two concerts at Memorial auditorium.

This may be the last appearance of the Marine band here, says Secretary Wes Johnson of the Wadena C&C, because of the demands from the other parts of the country.

• Aldrich surprised -- so is movie actor

This small community of 124 citizens was host to a famous trio a short time last Thursday, as movie actor Tex Ritter, his beautiful white horse and white dog made an impromptu visit to the community. Ritter was also accompanied by an elderly gentleman companion.

The 44-year-old actor had made a personal appearance at Little Falls Tuesday and stopped here as he traveled west. During his unannounced visit to the community he stopped at the local cheese factory and purchased a large box of cheese to send to his wife in Hollywood, Calif., and also shopped at the Walker store where he purchased various articles "which he was surprised to find in so small a town."