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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 21, 2006 Pioneer Journal

• Snow still a no show

Some are anxious for white fluffiness to coat the snowless ground this winter, but Wadena city workers are spending time preparing for snowfall and catching up on other projects.

• Wadena Wal-Mart to open Jan. 22

Wal-Mart will have a grand opening for its Wadena location on Jan. 22. Nicole Schacher has been named store manager of the new Wal-Mart Supercenter at 100 Juniper Avenue Northwest in Wadena.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 27, 2001 Pioneer Journal

• Vikings join Twins as potential ex-Minnesotans

Minnesota could lose both its National Football League and Major League Baseball teams.

For weeks, the state has been on a death watch for the Minnesota Twins, after Major League Baseball decided eliminating two teams would make more money for the remaining owners.

Now, a feeling is emerging in the Minnesota Capitol that whatever happens to the Minnesota Twins happens - it is out of politicians' hands. Attention under the Capitol dome has turned to the speculation that football's Vikings could leave the Metrodome - and Minnesota.

• Students think pregnancy over

Students at Wadena-Deer Creek High School are reconsidering what it might mean to be parents with Baby Think It Over.

The dolls cry like a real infant until the student presses a key into its back until it stops. This could last anywhere from five minutes to 20 minutes.

The dolls are taken home with the students for two weeks and must be taken wherever the student goes and treated like real infants.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 23, 1986 Pioneer Journal

• Volunteers distribute ES packages to needy families

Nearly 180 Wadena county area needy families have received useful contributions of clothing, groceries and toys through the 60th annual Empty Stocking program sponsored by the Wadena Pioneer Journal in cooperation with a host of community volunteers.

• from Sports Comments by Lyle Freer

Speaking of professional athletes, it's pretty hard to explain or justify the performance of the Minnesota Vikings in the game with Houston. There was something missing in motivation or dedication or whatever.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 23, 1971 Pioneer Journal

• 40, caroling for Krause, receive $735 gifts from the public

More than 40 "carolers for a cause" were out in force Sunday night in support of the Wadena Benevolent Fund and James Krause.

The response by the public who heard students sing familiar Christmas carols was immediate. Carolers were rewarded with over $735 to the Benevolent Fund, it was reported.

• Luethmers new National manager

James Luethmers, former manager of the Del Farm Foods at the Crossroad Center in St. Cloud, is new manager of the National Food store in Wadena.

He is a Little Falls high school graduate and more recently four-years manager of Del Farm Foods in St. Cloud.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 27, 1951 Pioneer Journal

• Another milestone passed, 1951 has been interesting

Another milestone in Wadena history has been passed. The year 1951 has been an eventful one, and as incidents are unfolded, it finds heartaches and sorrows intermingled with happiness, smiles and prosperity. The most talked of incident of the year was the Northern Pacific freight train wreck the last Sunday in October.

• from Our Town with the Editor

As long as we can comprehend that simplicity, the true meaning of our Christmas observance, the warmth of genuine Yuletide spirit - we also can perpetuate this greatest-of-all holiday at its glorious best. Perhaps we can even see what's under the glittering Christmas wrapping - "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men." In these troubled times, a clear view of the contents is more essential than ever. With an unwavering eye on the fundamental precept of Christmas, we must evaluate the past and dedicate the future. The vision can't be fuzzy: the hope can't be feeble.