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Living History: Grandfather charged in murder of infant

5 years ago

Excerpts from the April 26, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Virginia tragedy has local connection

The tragedy at Virginia Tech on April 16 touched lives as far away as Wadena.

The Rev. Steve Papillon of Zion Free Lutheran Church in Wadena has a brother and sister-in-law who teach at the university. Terry Papillon is a professor of classics and his wife Carol teaches nutrition.

"It was just a nervous day that Monday when we didn't know exactly where he was," Papillon said.

One of Terry's students was killed in the shooting and another was hospitalized, Papillon said.

• My new iObsession with a cool device

But it's the companion software, iTunes, that makes an iPod so versatile.

While I certainly like the ability to load music from my collection into the device, I've rarely used my iPod to listen to tunes. Instead, I listen to podcasts gleaned from my favorite shows and topics on iTunes.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the May 2, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Cyber Cafe opens with enthusiasm

The youth- and community-centered Cyber Cafe opened its doors April 24 and was well received.

"We've gotten a lot of positive feedback," Randy Jahnke, activities director, said. "Everything's going smooth. The only complaint I've had is that we should serve cheese with our pretzels."

• Local artist recruits students' talents for a work in progress

A kaleidoscope of colors melds photos into a patchwork splashed across gymnasium walls, telling a story of life in Deer Creek.

Chuck Richards, the artist, is working with students who attend Wadena-Deer Creek fifth and sixth grades. Richards is a retired Wadena-Deer Creek educator who has painted murals before.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the April 28, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Tri-County hospital to dedicate new addition Saturday

Tri-County hospital of Wadena has scheduled a ribbon cutting and open house of their new addition on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3.

Construction on the new 9,500 square foot addition and 5,500 square foot remodeling project began in May of 1986 and finishing touches will be complete by Saturday.

• Sherbrooke wins National Golden Gloves heavyweight title

During the Upper Midwest Boxing Tournament held in March Dave Sherbrooke was walking towards the ring for the state championship. This was his third trip into the finals in the last three years.

In the finals, held Saturday, April 18 Sherbrooke won the National heavyweight title by scoring a unanimous decision over Tim Igo of Syracuse, New York.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the April 27, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Rural Sebeka man charged in stabbing shooting incident

Wadena County Sheriff's Office was called to the Charles Dishman farm located northeast of Sebeka at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, April 24.

Four persons were involved in this incident and all four were taken by County ambulance to Wesley Hospital in Wadena.

Six month old Mark Dishman was suffering from knife stab wounds and died Monday as arrangements were being made to move him to the University Hospital. His father, Ronald Dishman, 21, is hospitalized in fair condition (Tuesday) with multiple stab wounds and his mother, Debra Dishman, 17, is hospitalized with a gunshot wound. The Ronald Dishman family had been living on the farm with Ronald's father, Charles Dishman.

Charles Dishman was apprehended in his farm home by the Wadena County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from Hubbard County, local police officers and the highway patrol.

Charles Dishman was charged Tuesday in Municipal Court with first degree murder and with attempted first degree murder, according to County Attorney Luther Nervig.

Authorities reported that Charles Dishman died of self-inflicted wounds at Wesley hospital early Wednesday morning, April 26.

• Supt. Theo H. Tofte completes 26 years of community service today

Superintendent Theodore H. Tofte has served in that capacity in the Wadena public school for twenty-six years today, April 26.

Mr. Tofte will retire June 30, 1972.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the May 1, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Verndale pioneer passed away at Wesley Hospital

A pioneer resident of Verndale was called from our midst Friday, April 24, when Edgar Wilmont Dickson passed away at Wesley Hospital at the age of 93 years. He was the last of a family of 15 children.

Mr. Dickson was born Oct. 12, 1858 at Pine Island, Minn., the son of John and Harriet Dickinson. He grew to manhood there and came to Verndale in 1886, where he operated a tie and lumber camp south of town for a year before entering the hardware and implement business in Verndale.

• from Our Town with the Editor

Scientists claim the jet airplane is the noisiest machine on earth... we take it they have never heard the malted milk mixers at the Uptown Cafe going in unison.