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PJ file photo. Several of the Minnesota Vikings were in a benefit for teen-aged Jim Krause in this photo from the March 2, 1972 Pioneer Journal. Back row, from left: Bill Brown, Ed Sharockman and Karl Kassulke. Front row, from left: Oscar Reed, Krause and Milt Sunde.

5 years ago

Excerpts from the March 1, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Uptown Girl

The Uptown in Wadena has undergone a lot of changes over the past four decades. Ownership passed from the Peaveys to the Erckenbracks to the Maases. Relocation and renovations have transformed it from a narrow cafe to a modern casual dining restaurant. And a hot beef sandwich is no longer the premier dish on the menu.

One feature of The Uptown has remained consistent over the years, however. Waitress Helen Allee has donned her apron daily to serve meal-time crowds at The Uptown for nearly 38 years.

• Essay - Education: When everyone wins, no one wins

Our educational system has developed an "everybody wins" mentality, which is hurting us globally, because when everybody wins here, we are no longer told to strive to be the best. Why strive when working half as hard will get you the same result?

The "No Child Left Behind" style educational system we have adopted does just that in order to make our students all seem more like each other, making our lower level students get better grades and our higher level students are forced to hold back on their educational experiences to make the lower level students feel more intelligent.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the March 7, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Historic annex to undergo reuse study

About 28 years after the Wesley Hospital last housed an inpatient, it may become home to another use.

The hospital, or Wesley Annex, as it's now known, is part of the Tri-County Hospital system. But a $6 million Tri-County renovation and construction project will leave the Welsey building out of the hospital system for the first time since it opened in 1925.

• Column: Cell phones sometimes send mixed signals

Last year, far behind most of my friends and my husband, I entered the age of technology and got a cell phone.

However, there was some missing information in my welcome packet from my provider. For instance, I can't use my cell phone in most buildings: this includes my home and my office. All of the free long distance in the world and I have to sit in my car at the end of my driveway (and I have a long one) to make the phone call.

Of course, I purchased a huge region of coverage, but it doesn't do me just a whole batch of good because I have to position myself like a pair of rabbit ears on an old television set.

If you don't believe me, stand with your cell phone and move 10 feet in either direction and see what happens to the signal bars on the phone.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the March 3, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• 911 emergency number now functional in Wadena area

Following a state mandate, the emergency use 911 telephone number is now functional through the Wadena County sheriff's department, for Wadena and the joining telephone exchanges. Carr noted on Friday that the system is installed, and in working order. "All that is necessary now is to inform the public that it is available, what it is for and how to use it," he said.

The 911 telephone system is designed for emergency use only, and Carr warned that it is not supposed to be used for information or general police assistance reporting.

• from Business Bits by Greg Collins

Wadena received some enthusiastic news last week which makes our community somewhat unique in rural America ... Fifth Avenue Waterbeds signed a lease and will be opening their new location in the Gambles building on the corner of Jefferson and Aldrich.

The signing gives us one distinction to be proud of ... we're the only town in this part of rural Minnesota that has all their downtown buildings filled with occupants. There is still room in the basement of Jefferson Square and we're confident it will soon fill.

Old timers told me that back during the earlier recessions that as many as 13 buildings stood empty in downtown Wadena ... and there was a time when I thought we might see that happen again.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 2, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Jim Krause home for Vikes, local all-star benefit game

It was homecoming for Jim Krause Friday night, the Wadena senior who suffered a paralyzing accident in the waters of Otter Tail Lake in August 1971.

More than 1,000 kids and adults joined with the Minnesota Vikings and members of the Minnesota Central Basketball league all-stars in applauding him and his family when they entered the junior high gym just prior to halftime in a benefit game for the Benevolent Fund and Krause.

It was truly a fun night for Jim to watch the Vikings against the local All-Stars and for the many who traveled as far as 90 miles (Bagley, Minnesota) to see Karl Kassulke, Bill Brown, Charlie West, Oscar Reed, Ed Sharockman, Milt Sunde and Wadena's own John Campbell.

• Editorial: Nixon's Trip to China

President Nixon's trip to China broke the chill with that large nation after 20 years, and established necessary and important beginnings in cultural, education and journalistic exchanges.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the March 6, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Man unhurt as saw chews pant leg

While drilling holes for a home insulation job at the Joe Peavey home Monday morning, Floyd Manselle became entangled in the power hole saw, and came out of it with a torn pant leg, but no injury. Working at the top of a 16-foot extension ladder, Manselle had started the saw to cut a last hole, through which insulation would be blown.

Grasping the ladder with one hand, and holding the saw in the other, Manselle lowered the hand which held the saw. The bit and saw started chewing away at the pant leg. He could not release his hold on the ladder without falling, and he was unable to shut off the saw. Peavey, who was working with Manselle, disconnected the power, and then aided Manselle is freeing himself from the saw.

Net result - scared man and one leg of a pair of pants more or less chewed.

• Strict curfew law now in force at New York Mills

Following the demand of church groups and the PTA association, New York Mills last week re-activated the curfew law, and boys and girls under the age of 16 must be off the streets by 9:30 at night.

The New York Mills Herald commenting on the law, pointed out that it had been tried before, but parents rebelled when their youngsters were escorted home or placed in confinement, and that the law eventually failed.