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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 14, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Living nativity a holiday reminder

A living nativity with actors and live farm animals, along with a narrated Christmas gospel, will be portrayed on Christmas Day in Wadena to share the true meaning of Christmas.

The annual living nativity, hosted by Messiah Lutheran and Balsamlund Lutheran churches, is in its 13th year. It begins at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day at the Wadena National Guard Armory.

• Passports a hot ticket

People planning flights to Canada or Mexico after Jan. 23 will need a passport to re-enter the United States. The approaching deadline has created an increase in demand locally at the Wadena County Recorder's office.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 20, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena County, state losing dairy farms

Wadena County has lost 78 percent of our dairy farms since 1983. This loss represents 353 less dairy farms in our county. We had 440 dairy farms in 1983. We were down to 231 dairy farms in 1989. We lost 39 dairy farms in just one year (1990). By 1995 we had 150 dairy farms left and five years later, Jan. 1, 2001, we only had 97 dairy farmers left in Wadena County.

• Bluff Creek, Northern Co-op merge

In a meeting Monday night, the boards of Bluff Creek Ag Service and Northern Cooperative Services combined forces. The new cooperative has been dubbed Leaf River Ag Services, pending approval of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

"We're looking at being more cost effective, with a better use of personnel, equipment and facilities," said Scott Dau, the new general manager of Leaf River Ag Service.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 16, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Fire destroys Proft home in Leaf River Township Saturday

Wadena firemen were kept busy over the weekend and Monday morning containing house fires that occurred in the area, one involving a chimney fire on Route 3 and two house fires, one on CSAH 20 north of Wadena and another at 406 Second Street NW in Wadena.

• Voltron Lion toys to be recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about a potential lead paint hazard to consumers who purchased certain Deluxe Voltron Lion robot toys distributed by Matchbox Toys (USA), Ltd. of Moonachie, N.J. and manufactured in Taiwan for Bandai Co., Ltd. Certain paints on the metal parts of both sizes of Voltron Lions contain levels of lead which are higher than which is allowed by law. These toys are, therefore, banned.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 16, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• Nader first night speaker at NFO Confab Dec. 15

Ralph Nader, nationally famed young consumer advocate and chief of "Nader's Raiders," will be the opening night speaker at the National Farmers Organization's annual confab.

Nader, the critic of unsafe automobiles and consumer goods whose group recently issued a report on the U.S. Department of Agriculture attacking poultry integrators, told President Oren Lee Staley of NFO that he accepted the invitation to the convention "with great pleasure."

• Fire guts E-E shavings plant; four hospitalized in separate accidents

A car-train crash north of Sebeka, a head-on two car crash on Hwy. 29 two and one half miles west of Wadena and a fire at the Erickson Enterprises on U.S. Highway 10 near the Otter-Tail Wadena county line occurred within a span of about 12 hours Thursday.

Four persons were admitted to Wesley Hospital following the two separate accidents Thursday, one was listed in serious condition.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 20, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Great Northern to discontinue passenger service

In a decision handed down by the Railroad & Warehouse Commission Dec. 14, permission has been granted to the Great Northern railroad to discontinue their passenger service on the branch line running from Sauk Centre to Bemidji. (Trains 105 and 106).

The date set for the discontinuance of the service is Jan. 15, 1952, but it is necessary for the Great Northern railroad to post a notice 10 days previous to the termination of passenger service.

• from Our Town with the Editor

Memo to Pappy Hartman: There was no dictaphone placed at Chicanery Chateau, and to others who were under the impression that Donald Duck was a voice recording played in reverse ... or that Donald was an actual recording ... it was son Jim in person doing a little pinch hitting for us ... and Pappy don't ask for your two bucks back.

Memo to Harold Campbell: Len Thurston of Aldrich says you didn't fulfill his request by singing "Aye Yust Go Nuts at Christmas" ... he sent in his three dollars contribution, and says you should be fined a similar amount for not appearing.