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AIDS epidemic strikes all walks of life

5 years ago

Excerpts from the March 29, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Payne pleads to killing brother

A rural Verndale man pleaded guilty in Wadena County District Court to second-degree murder for shooting his older brother.

James Norman Payne, 51, shot his older brother, Wilbur James Payne, on May 14, 2006, after a verbal argument, he said in court.

• Library now has wireless internet

The library now has wireless internet access. Wireless internet access is a service for those people who have laptop computers and Internet-ready devices that simply need a signal to work.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the April 4, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• New horse arena in works for fair

A new horse arena at the Wadena County Fairgrounds is in the works if a Quonset can be removed from its place next to the fairground barns.

The new arena will either be built where the Quonset is now, north of the barns, or in a parking lot to the north. The Quonset will have to be torn down no matter what, for the arena to be built in that area.

• from Law Enforcement Log

An individual fell asleep on a bus going to Washington to Chicago, but missed the bus switch and ended up in Wadena. The individual was found outside of the high school and was disoriented.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the March 31, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Hockey banquet winners announced

Door prize winners from last week's hockey banquet are as follows: VCR - Sarah Thorstenson, Homecrest chair - Wayne Brasel, one-year Community Center membership - Abbie Gedde, hockey jacket - Schwartzwald, Snyder Drug, dinner at the Four Seasons - David Cramer, Mort Windels and Marie Halverson, dinner at the Pine Cove Inn - Fran Murray and Nick Richter, Archie's Super Valu food certificate - Catherine McGrane, Nite Owl Pizza - John Woods and Bill Blaha, Coleman Cooler - Don Konietzko, John Deere gift certificate - Don Zimmerman, electronic bug killer - Robert Woods, membership at Great American Video - Myrtle Vierkant, and turkey winners were Jim Swenson, Orinne Werham, Mary Hoyum and Jean Kolstad.

• from The Gleaner by Evelyn Erckenbrack

It wasn't too many months ago we were deluged with public information on that dreaded word AIDS. But since that time we have heard little of what is and what the status is at this particular time.

In the United States, men with AIDS outnumber female AIDS victims 15 to 1 and transmission to newborns is uncommon.

Nevertheless, the African epidemic - striking rich and poor, urban and rural people - provides a serious view of what could be in store for the West if AIDS becomes common among heterosexuals.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 30, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Four Seasons wins listing in travel guide

The Four Seasons Resort Motel of Wadena, Minn., has won a listing in the fourteenth edition of the Mobil Travel Guide, the country's best-known travel guidebook, it has been announced by the Guide's editors.

• Groundbreaking for new CMA church soon

The Christian & Missionary Alliance church of Wadena has announced plans for construction of a new church building to be located at 1420 S. Jefferson St.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this spring. The congregation presently meets at 606 S. Jefferson.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the April 3, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Verndale soldier gets Bronze Star in Korea

The Bronze Star medal for valor in action, in Korea is presented to Cpl. Leroy H. Horne of Verndale, Minn., by Brigadier General Kenneth S. Sweany, X Corps Artillery Commander, in a ceremony near the North Korean front.

• Congressional action asked on Mississippi Parkway road

[Early] Congressional approval of the proposed Mississippi River Parkway, extending from the river's source at Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans, was urged by O.L. Kipp, assistant commissioner and chief engineer of the Minnesota Department of Highways last week.

He told the committee that an entirely new road would not have to be constructed, as many present highways could be integrated into the proposed parkway.

In addition, if occasion required, it could be an alternate defenseway in an international emergency.