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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 9, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Skogen: Senator

Wadena radio personality Dan Skogen said a good game plan and hard work earned him the District 10 Senate seat, knocking out long-time incumbent Cal Larson.

Skogen, a DFLer from Hewitt, also rode a wave of voter angst with incumbents and Republicans in office.

• Huhta followed her heart into the military

Staff Sergeant Miriam Huhta celebrated her 25th birthday Oct. 12 with a turbulent plane ride from Minneapolis to Brainerd, beginning a two-week leave from duty in Iraq. The four-day journey home took her from Kuwait to Germany to Atlanta to Minneapolis and finally Menahga.

Huhta's mother and aunt welcomed the Sebeka native back shortly after she landed. And the freezing temperatures reminded Huhta that she had definitely arrived in Minnesota. "Well, my first reaction was that I could not remember the last time I had been cold," she said.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 15, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Trip to India by Deer Creek pastor directed by God

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, divine direction was required for a Christian mission trip across the world to India.

Christian missionaries traveling into the backyard of Afghanistan literally put their lives in God's hands in October, just one short month after an event that changed air travel in the United States forever. The increase in travel regulations alone created complications that the Rev. Phil Schmidt, pastor of the United Methodist churches at Deer Creek, Henning and Ottertail, and his travel companions had not counted on.

• Editorial: Don't forget to thank vets

Veteran's Day may be over, but the time for gratitude is not.

After the Sept. 11 and ensuing military action, it becomes more clear than ever how important our veterans and patriotism should be.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 11, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• An honorable tribute

An honorable tribute to a very honorable man was completed last week by Stanley Vik and Jack Hall of Olson Construction. The memorial which was erected at Sunnybrook Park South is dedicated to Vince Brown "A man who dared to dream." The masonry was done by Rich Brown, Verndale. The monument was designed by Bill Belch and the text was written by Gordy Askew, Wadena.

• from Dick's Discussions by Dick Hess

Speaking of Rick Youngbauer and his partner, Dan Skogen, the KWAD broadcasting duo will emcee again the 1986 Wadena Pioneer Journal sponsored Empty Stocking talent program scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Wadena senior high cafeteria. Diane Peters, a member of Wadena Women of Today, is in charge of obtaining talent numbers for the three-hour show. Dennis Reger of the Wadena Jaycees has already contacted us. The JC's will assist in picking up donated funds or clothes throughout the Empty Stocking talent program.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 11, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Council receives report on proposed purchase of Wadena Clinic building

Wadena Village's library board has negotiated with Investors Diversified Services as to the purchase price for the professional building known as the Wadena clinic building located on Jefferson Street.

• JC students study Finnish: Suomenkielta Opitaan Koulussa Wadenassa

Why would anyone want to learn to speak Finnish?

For a number of reasons according to Reverend T.A. Esala.

Members of his Finnish class at the Wadena Junior College Extension have given motives ranging from a desire to communicate better with nursing home residents to learning the second language of a prospective husband.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 15, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Work on Masonic building nears final stage

Workmen are this week putting the finishing touches to the edifice. The first floor and basement, which will be the home of the new J.C. Penney company, are nearing the stage of occupancy.

• Editorial: Government by millionaires

That is what we have in the United States today. How do you like it?

Understand, none of these guys made it for themselves. They just happened to be the sons of ambitious, and sometimes ruthless fathers who made the money in one way or another. The sons are a different breed of cats. All of them are college bred, who know more about handling a cup of tea than does Emily Post. Most of them, liberal contributors to democratic campaign funds, thirst for power and Truman has found a place in government for all of them.