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Living History: Let the skunk hunt begin

5 years ago

Excerpts from the March 8, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Sen. Sams succumbs to cancer

Dallas Sams would have liked the way his former Minnesota Senate colleagues mourned his death - in his 16 years as senator he worked to be bipartisan. And that is how legislators remembered him.

Sams, 54, died in a Twin Cities' hospital Monday after battling brain cancer for more than two years.

"Dallas had a unique way of working with elected officials on both sides of the aisle," said Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden.

• Highway 10 plans getting closer

More detailed maps and information about the need for the U.S. Highway 10 expansion project, as well as goals for the project, were provided at a recent meeting.

Four alternatives are proposed, ranging from the widening of U.S. Highway 10 in its current corridor from two lanes to four, to re-routing of the highway to the north. The project is from Bluffton to 1.5 miles east of Wadena.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the March 14, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Wrong number rings constantly

Imagine hearing your home phone ring 50 times a day and know it's almost certainly not for you.

Welcome to the world of Joe and Patty Thunstrom. Since August, their phone has run continuously with people wanting to report student absences, check schedules and otherwise do school business. This summer, the Wadena-Deer Creek Schools changed phone systems.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the March 10, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• A worldwide celebration of 75 years of Girl Scouts

On Thursday, March 12, Girl Scouts worldwide will stand in a "Promise Circle" and recite the Girl Scout promise. The Promise Circle Day event is to commemorate 75 years of Girl Scouting.

The first Girl Scout troop was started in Wadena by the American Legion auxiliary in 1927.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 9, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Interpose: Money, influence in '72 campaign

Today, the youth of America are more concerned and involved than that of their parents' generation. We have grown up during the age of the atomic bomb, rock and roll, and the Viet Nam War. The realities of the 20th century, which shocked our fathers, now weaves the fabric of our own lives. We are a distinctive generation; we will be the first generation of our age to be able to vote for the president of the United States. We are now, more than ever, actively involved in the politics of our nation. We are aware of the candidates and what they stand for. However, do we realized the political game that is actually being played? Do we realize that the candidate that is most likely to win the nomination of his party is the one who is better able to support his campaign? Money has always played a strong part in almost every presidential campaign. Do you recall in recent years any candidate that has not been independently wealthy? I feel that money influences the presidential campaign in two ways: (1) It plays prejudice towards the men who have a sufficient amount of money to carry out an extensive campaign and (2) the benefactors who donate money to the candidate of their choice often are "appointed" to government positions with a "pleasant income" if the candidate is elected; they are promised "benefits."

• Editorial: Girl Scouts - Ahead of the Times

The date was March 12, 1912; the place was Savannah, Ga.; the woman was Juliette Gordon Low; the "something for girls" was Girl Scouting.

This was the genesis of an idea which grew to become a spur to action for nearly 32 million girls, men and women who at one time or another have been members of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. In the best American tradition, it is a success story: a youth movement "dedicated to the purpose of inspiring girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens."

Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. this year is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the March 13, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Rod & Gun Club of Deer Creek plans for skunk hunt

Skunks and rabies was a major topic of discussion when the Deer Creek Rod & Gun club held their annual meeting on Monday evening in the Legion hall. Because of the large number of skunks in the area, and their connection with rabies, it was voted to have a skunk hunt. The date for the hunt was not set at this meeting, but it was suggested an oyster supper should follow the event.

At the election of officers, Dan Jungels was named president; Martin Langemo, treasurer; Bob Harding, clerk and Elmer Becker, director.

• Former Wadena guardsman now in Korea

Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Birch of Deer Creek have received word from their son, Sgt. Clifton Birch, that he arrived in Korea the latter part of February and is now stationed with the 351st Highway Transportation Truck Company.

Previous to his embarkation to Korea, he was a member of the 314th Transportation Truck Company (Wadena's unit of the National Guard) and was stationed at Camp McCoy, in Wisconsin, enlisting in the unit on Sept. 15, 1950.

At the time the Wadena unit was activated, Clifton worked on the family farm near Deer Creek with his father, and had been associated with the farm work since 1948.

En route to the embarkation port on the coast, Clifton spent his terminal leave with home folks at Deer Creek and with friends in this community, leaving here the latter part of January.