Weather Forecast


Living History

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 28, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Zosel a 'walking library'

Local historian Bob Zosel was honored for his work on projects big and small Sunday at the Wadena County Historical Society.

The WCHS held a Bob Zosel Silver Tea and Photo Day, and with cooperative weather, more than 60 people turned out to honor the area's most helpful historian.

"Bob is a walking library and resource center," said speaker Roger Folkestad.

Folkestad went on to describe the myriad of projects Zosel has helped bring to fruition, and also shared personal stories that ranged from in-town buffalo hunting to a neighborhood with a distinctive smell.

• Mosher dies just before 107th birthday

Wadena's oldest resident, Alma Mosher, died less than two weeks shy of her 107th birthday.

Born in Estherville, Iowa, in 1899, Mosher was in the second-ever class of nurses to go through the Mayo Clinic nurses training program in Rochester, Minn., graduating with honors.

The Fair Oaks resident was known for her sharp mind, pie baking skills and resilience.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 4, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Red, white and (ice) blue

The hockey rink is open for business with its own patriot tattoo. The flag was painted in the ice along with hockey boundary lines.

• Exercising their right

More than 30 Wadena workers joined other state employees on picket lines this week after unions failed to reach agreement on a contract.

"This is all part of the American process," said Sharon Josephson, staff of Representative Collin Peterson, as she joined state workers in Wadena walking picket lines Oct. 1.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 30, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Faith Academy Christian school welcomes new staff

On a hill, approximately seven miles northeast of Wadena, sits the old Leaf River District School. There is nothing particularly unusual about this antique one room school house. It houses all the elements that a school should contain: chalkboards, erasers, desks, books, and CHILDREN. Yes, children... and teachers, "that's impossible!" you say. "The day of the old country schoolroom is past ..." Not quite!

Several years ago, this school was purchased by Leaf River Christian church to accommodate the academic and Christian training of children and today, in 1986, this school, now called Faith Academy Christian School, functions daily as an educational facility.

• from Sports Comments by Lyle Freer

About 40 relatives and friends were present in St. Cloud last week as Jerry Wegscheid received his Hall of Fame Baseball Award. It was a super night for all concerned as the Holiday Inn banquet rooms were completely filled.

Jerry richly deserved this honor which rewards his many years of volunteer work for amateur baseball. His wife, Nellie, and the children deserve a lot of credit for sharing his time with the amateur programs.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 30, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Area residents attend Old Wadena Historic Site dedication

The dedication program for the Old Wadena Historic Site was held on Sunday, Sept. 26 at the picnic grounds at Old Wadena located on the west bank of the Crow Wing River in Section 15 of Thomastown Township. Wadena County Board Chairman Art Miller made the dedication for the enjoyment and use of the public. Ray Cowdry, an amateur archaeologist explained the artifacts that were shown.

Work on the project was spearheaded by Mr. Carl Peltioniemi of Wadena, who is to be commended on a job well done.

• J-C Interpose staff visits Wadena Pioneer Journal office

The INTERPOSE staff visited the Wadena Pioneer Journal office Monday, Sept. 20, where Dick Hess showed them around and acquainted them with the equipment and procedures for running a newspaper.

INTERPOSE is the name that has been chosen for the Wadena Junior College Extension Center paper. This paper will report news from the college, aside from attempting to bring out student talent in art and writing.

The editors for this quarter are Mike Youngbauer and Sherre Hotchkiss.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 4, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Lions Club starts swimming pool fund by sale of corsages

Later in the evening a formal announcement was made that the amount raised would be thrown into a "kitty," and the proceeds would be a start towards the building of a swimming pool for Wadena.

The Lions have considered the venture for some time, and various members have studied plans and schemes for the raising of money toward the project, but withheld any announcement until they had something concrete to offer to their members and to the general public.

Under present plans, at such time the swimming pool fund is large enough to start construction of the pool, work will begin, and when the pool is completed, it will be given to the city.

• New bakery-coffee shop to have grand opening

In an advertisement on another page attention is called to the grand opening of the new Wadena Bakery and Coffee Shop next Tuesday, Oct. 9. Harry Cable, the owner, states free coffee and lunches will be served from 9 a.m. until noon, and from 1 p.m., until 4 p.m., on opening day.