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Living History: Wadena Jaycees to be the hottest in the state

PJ file photo Outside the old Wadena junior high building, students load up advisor Laurel Wahdahl's Datsun pickup with litter for an Earth Day project in this photo from the May 4, 1972 Pioneer Journal.

5 years ago

Excerpts from the May 3, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Library has more web tools available

The Wadena City Library has added more Web-based resources for library card holders. Two new databases are invaluable for genologists and local historians.

Ancestry Library Edition is the most complete electronic resource for genealogists and is available on the public computers at the library. HeritageQuestOnline can be accessed from home, school or work with a valid Kitchigami Regional Library card and PIN.

• Record crowd shows up for "Men's Nite Out"

More than 450 men took part in Tri-County Hospital's seventh annual "Men's Nite Out" health-education program on April 24 at Memorial Auditorium in Wadena.

Rounding out the evening was guest speaker, Jason Davis, host and executive producer of KSTP's "On the Road with Jason Davis."

10 years ago

Excerpts from the May 9, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Northwest Tech officials discuss change for college

Changes are in the works for Northwest Technical College, and the only safe bet is that none of the campuses will close.

Sessions were held at each of the five college campuses at East Grand Forks, Wadena, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Bemidji.

• Poem selected for publication

Extra credit was incentive for September Johnson when she turned in her poem, but now she is a published writer.

The poem was published in "The High School Writer." The publication is published six times a year by Writer Publications of Grand Rapids which received more than 30,000 manuscripts from all over the United States during the 2001-02 school year. Written last year in January the piece is called "Stronger."

25 years ago

Excerpts from the May 5, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena HRA receives O.K. to renovate hotel

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Wadena, Mn. has received preliminary approval to develop 16-20 units of market rate elderly housing in Wadena.

This will culminate several years of effort by both the Housing Authority and the City of Wadena to make good use of the Commercial Hotel.

Efforts are being made by Mayor Bruce Nelson to have it declared an historic site.

• Court upholds Butzin murder sentence despite appeal

In February 1986, David L. Butzin was sentenced to spend 32 1/2 years in prison for the murder of his wife and young son, Melody and Alex. In April of this year, he appealed his case to the State Court of Appeals, who upheld the decision of the trial court in the second-degree murder case.

The two were found drowned in Cat Creek, Wadena county, near their home in August of 1985. In January of 1986 Butzin, 24, was convicted on two counts of second-degree murder in the death of his son and first-degree murder in the death of his wife.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the May 4, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Roseville pastor seeks U.S. Senate endorsement

Phil Hansen, of Roseville, Minnesota, who is seeking the Republican endorsement for the U.S. Senate against Walter Mondale was in Wadena today.

Hansen met with Republican delegates from surrounding counties at the Uptown Cafe.

• Editorial: H.S. students help clean-up

Wadena junior high's student council, advisor Laurel Waldahl [and] the senior high student body are to be commended for their efforts in Saturday's Earth Day cleanup project.

Rather than give lip service to a problem of obvious pollution and littering of village streets, the students with direction of faculty members, arose early Saturday morning to begin the project.

The results of the Earth Day project were literally (litter-ally) 100s of bags of cans, bottles and other discarded refuse picked up from downtown and residential areas.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the May 8, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• First residents arrive at Shady Lane Rest Home

Mrs. Hilma Edlund of Sebeka, age 85, mother of three living children, was the first resident to arrive at the Shady Lane Rest Home. She was transferred from Wesley Hospital Thursday, May 1, at 11 a.m. Before noon of that same day, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Sutton of Clarissa arrived to occupy a two bed ward on the second floor of the main building. The Suttons are the parents of 18 children, 12 of whom are living. Mr. Sutton is 87 years of age, while his wife will celebrate her 79th birthday June 1.

The new nursing home, which is operated jointly by Todd and Wadena Counties provides 24 hour nursing service for those in need of such services.

• Jaycees launch membership drive Wednesday

Following a kick-off luncheon Wednesday afternoon, the Wadena Jaycees moved into high gear on an intensive membership drive. All young men, 21 to 35 years of age are being invited to join and according to Jim Goetz, president, "To make the Wadena organization one of the hottest in the state."