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St. Cloud escapee hides in Wadena junk pile

PJ file photo Wadena High School class of 1987 graduates had their commencement with the class motto "Remember the rewards of today, the promises of tomorrow, and never forget yesterday, the memories of our past," in this photo from the June 2, 1987 Pioneer Journal.

5 years ago

Excerpts from the May 31, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Peering inside the storefront with Bob

Smile Wadena businesses - you're on Bob Zosel's camera. The local historian is walking the blocks of town recording the business life of Wadena in 2007 with his digital camera.

He will compile the photographs in large binders, as a gift for future historians interested in Wadena's past.

• Column: Let's not revisit the 1980s fashion

While I thoroughly enjoyed the 1980s as I grew up, I have no desire whatsoever to return to the decade - its music, its fashions, its attitudes.

As a reporter who is often taken by job duty to the high schools, I've been waiting for the 1980s to make some sort of comeback, as all fashions and time periods do.

Please, young people. Take 80s music. Take the movies. Say things like "radical" and "awesome." Crank up your Alpine stereo in your reformed Trans-Am. Just don't adopt the fashion from the 1980s. I can't live through that again.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 6, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• From the Pickle Patch by Dick Hess

Speaking of closed highways, a 1,200-acre wildfire in the Brainerd area threatening both homes and businesses caused the Department of Natural Resources and the highway patrol to close Highway 371 near Baxter/Brainerd leading to the lakes country. Motorists were detoured around that area via Highway 210.

• From the Law Enforcement Log

A horse was loose at Kentucky Fried Chicken and headed toward Pamida.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 2, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena senior high commencement

"Remember the rewards of today, the promises of tomorrow, and never forget yesterday; the memories of our past..." The 1987 class motto reflects on the feelings many students felt Friday evening as they sat together as a class for the very last time during graduation ceremonies. Student speakers were Diane Edinger, Brenda Wegscheid and Molly Phillips. One of the smaller classes, the 1987 graduates numbered 103, with Lisa Winkels as their president; Donna Peterson, vice president; Brenda Wegscheid, secretary; and Karen Johnson, treasurer. Their class flower was the white rose and colors were sky blue and ivory.

• Diane Peters named Key Woman by Minnesota Women of Today

Diane Peters, a resident of Wadena and a pharmacist at Schwartzwald Snyder Drug, was given the highest honor available from the Women of Today organization at their annual convention, held May 15-17 in St. Cloud.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 1, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Minneapolis man held in shooting death of pair

A formal charge was filed Tuesday against a 26-year-old Minneapolis man in connection with the shooting deaths of two persons in Wadena, which occurred Friday.

Wadena County Attorney Luther Nervig said Norman Rindahl, Jr., is being held in the county jail, pending filing of charges.

Those who died of gun wounds Friday night were Rodney Huisenga, 34, of Minneapolis and Marie Cooper, 23, of Wadena. The shooting allegedly took place near Cooper's home in Wadena.

• New Northern Coop Inc. manager says 'new services' for customer

Northern Cooperative Services had added more than "Services" to the former Northern Cooperatives, Inc. of Wadena.

The newly incorporated local cooperative became operational in April 1972, under the new title and management.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 5, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• State planting 200,000 trees at Huntersville

The state of Minnesota has nearly finished the task of planting 200,000 white pine, Norways, spruce and jackpines in section 16, Huntersville township. Scarifying about 20 acres of brush land preparatory to broadcasting jackpine seed will also be undertaken.

E. W. Wroe, district ranger located at Nimrod, said work will likely be completed within another week, and while inadequate moisture gives some concern as to the eventual outcome, the work is proceeding.

• Hunger forces escapee to give up to police

"I'm the man you're looking for." With that pronouncement, a young escapee from the St. Cloud reformatory gave himself up to local police Saturday evening with a plea for something to eat.

He said he had not had anything to eat since Thursday afternoon, and had been hiding out in a junk pile in the Wadena Hide and Fur Co. lot, west on No. 10, since Friday night. He also said he had considered a break-in at some local food store, slashing the throat of a calf in a pasture, across the track from his hideout. After due consideration, he decided to give himself up.