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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 23, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Editorial: Reduce U.S. debt now

Now that the election is over, let's make sure campaign promises to reduce the national debt are kept this time.

It's time for some fiscal restraint in Washington. It's time to talk about the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Or should we say $8 trillion gorilla in the room?

• Pastor enjoying close-knit congregation

Southbrook Baptist Church of Wadena installed Jake Heppner as its new pastor on Sunday. Heppner began serving at Southbrook in September.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 29, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Krause ending drug service

For the first time since it opened in 1929, Krause Drug will no longer offer its customers pharmacy service as of Dec. 1.

Chuck Krause, owner, has been searching for a full-time pharmacist for a couple of months and has been unable to find one.

Krause Drug will become Krause's Gift Gallery and will remain in the same location it has for 72 years.

• Winter weather whips Wadena

The plows hit the roads early Tuesday and Wednesday, but those who push the snow agree -- Wadena fared better than some places.

Wadena got 8 inches of snow Tuesday, which is normal for a winter storm out of Colorado this time of year, said meteorologist Vince Godon of the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Willmar, with the heaviest snowfall in the state, got 30 inches.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 25, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Rural information center being organized in Staples, long needed help for rural crisis

Each day on television, in the papers, or just on the street, the tragedies of rural America are told. Stories and accounts relate family farmers leaving their farms, many that have been handed down through generations. Realtors report continually declining land values. As each day goes by, crop prices drop lower.

In an attempt to help farm families ease the strain of the agricultural depression, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is currently setting up regional Agriculture Information centers, designed to provide assistance to these farm families. One of these centers will be located in Staples, and will serve the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Becker, Morrison, Todd, Wadena, Hubbard and Otter Tail.

• Johnson Memorial Home receives national Pursuit of Excellence award

The Johnson Memorial Home of Wadena has received the Pursuit of Excellence award at the 105th annual convention of the National Funeral Directors Association held in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 26-30.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 25, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Six communities ask Hwy. 10 completion

Six communities spoke for completion of U.S. Highway 10 as a four-lane expressway at a meeting of the Highway 10 Association held last Tuesday evening in Wadena.

Representatives of Little Falls, Detroit Lakes, New York Mills, Frazee, Staples and Wadena attended the meeting.

State Highway Commissioner Ray Lappegaard and highway engineers from Brainerd and Detroit Lakes made no comments and cited the Vietnam war as using up highway tax dollars.

• Verndale seniors to dramatize 'I Was a Teen-Age Dracula'

The Verndale senior class play to be dramatized Saturday, Dec. 4, in the school's auditorium "I Was a Teen-age Dracula" fits well into the realms of old time mystery-comedy, according to faculty director Jerry Hanson. It deals with average American people who think that the mysterious stranger among them is a real vampire. The plot contains awesome happenings that seem to confirm their suspicion.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 29, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Civilians meeting only 70 percent of blood needs for country

Nationally, 300,000 pints of blood are needed monthly, is the statement of Harris Romerein, field representative for the Red Cross blood program. The field worker speaking to Wadena County recruiters at a meeting held in the Congregational church Tuesday evening, went on to say that only about 70 percent of the need is being met in this country and the balance is being given by the men at the front "who know what it means. In a period of 15 months, many of these men belong to gallon clubs," he stated.

• from Our Town with the Editor

Inquiring of one of the waitresses in a local café if she had heard of any accidents from the hunters, she replied, "If you mean shot, 'no'... if you mean half-shot 'yes' and I think I waited on all of them."