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Living History: Wadena businessman relates to J. Edgar Hoover

5 years ago

Excerpts from the May 10, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Gear Jammer gets his due

Though the Old Gear Jammer's show on KWAD radio put on the brakes a few years back, his contributions to classic country music on the radio are anything but forgotten.

Jim Sunstrom, host of "The Down Home Classic Country Show with Jim Sunstrom - The Old Gear Jammer", was honored by the Minnesota Rock Country Hall of Fame April 27.

• A flood, a great find

A piece of Wadena's musical history was reclaimed last week after a failed lift station flooded the police department basement.

City officials found a set of maroon and gold city band uniforms dating back to approximately 1948, according to Bob Zosel of the Wadena County Historical Society.

A May 12, 1952 edition of Newsweek magazine was also found in the box folded over one of the hangers, [Police Chief Bruce] Uselman said. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were pictured on the front. The cover also featured a title for an article asking "Should Congressmen be Psychoanalyzed?"

10 years ago

Excerpts from the May 16, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Much-anticipated 'Attack of the Clones' movie opens in Wadena

Pete Phillips has seen every Star Wars movie at The Cozy Theatre in Wadena with his father and he isn't about to break that tradition for George Lucas' newest creation.

Phillips has been anticipating the release of "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" since the previous movie was released in 1999.

Phillips has always been a Star Wars and Lego fanatic.

"They're both just cool," he said. "Growing up it was all about Star Wars and Legos. Now there's Star Wars Legos. My life is complete."

• Teacher retires after 32 years

After 32 years of teaching high school English, J. Bruce Larson will retire this spring from Wadena-Deer Creek.

Larson was hired by Wadena superintendent Ted Tofte while student teaching a world history class in West Fargo in 1970, moved to Wadena and never left.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the May 12, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• 5 Wadena school board candidates answer questionnaire

Five candidates are seeking two positions on Wadena Independent Dist. 819 school board in the Tuesday (May 19) election with polls to open at 8 a.m. in the junior high gym.

The five seeking the two posts are Richard (Dick) Bentrup, who is employed at Tri-County hospital as a department head John Crandall, field representative of the Minnesota School Employees association, Jim Murphy, employed at Tri-County hospital as a maintenance engineer (7 1/2 years), Mark D. Nelson, pastor of the Wadena Assembly of God church, and Barbara (Barb) Swenson, presently employed with the Swenson Anderson Associates of Wadena.

• from Dick's Discussions by Dick Hess

A few serious reminders on fishing: First, be certain you have the necessary fishing licenses and stamps. Make sure you know the daily and possession limits of each species by reading carefully the 1987 fishing brochure. Your boat has to have an up-to-date license and also your boat trailer. Approved life jackets are a must for each fisherman in the boat, and while you are wearing these, be sure to observe good safety rules while boarding or leaving your boat.

We wish you good luck this opener. If you land a whopper, let the P.J. in on your prize so we can film all the tails (tales).

40 years ago

Excerpts from the May 11, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• from a Letter to the Editor by Herold L. Kerfoot

The death of J. Edgar Hoover ends the life of a man who paralleled my life in many ways.

In 1895 both J. Edgar Hoover and I were born so we both were 77 years old.

In 1924 J. Edgar Hoover took over the F.B.I., and no one ever shook him out of his job. In 1924 I also started Kerfoot Book Shop in Wadena and no one has ever been able to close up my store or buy it out.

J. Edgar Hoover was a man of outspoken words and ideas. Since I grew up with sickness and was not accepted by society, I didn't attain polish or too much kindness at times in my manner or speech, so people often at times take as an insult my direct remarks which are not intended as insults at all.

• Hansen's Animal Acres Zoo opens to public Sunday

Bill Hansen's Animal Acres Zoo that covers approximately 20 acres north of Wadena on 2nd St NW, opens Sunday, May 14, for the season.

Bill's Animal Acres features one of the largest varieties of wildlife in this area of the state, including rare birds and animals from several different countries.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the May 15, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• All indecent literature must go, say judges

The statewide program of the Minnesota Juvenile court judges association in giving information to parents concerning the obscene literature, magazines and dangerous comics on news stands, easily available to youth, is the first of its kind in the nation, according to the association's president, Judge Vincent Hollaren of Worthington.

• KWAD to sponsor 'Strictly For Teens' club dance Friday

Radio station KWAD announces this week that they are sponsoring a teen-age dance for members of "Strictly For Teens" club, heard from 4-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday over their station.

The dance is to be held Friday night, May 16, at Memorial auditorium, Wadena, starting at 8 p.m. The Top Hatter orchestra will furnish the music for the event. As an added attraction, Wadena businessmen have contributed a number of prizes, which will be awarded during the course of the evening, said Carl Holt, manager of the station. In the distribution of the prizes, he said it would be for the youngest teen, oldest teen, teen coming from the greatest distance, shortest teen, tallest teen, lightest teen and heaviest teen.