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Living History: Early food regulations were for a good reason

5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 7, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Pen pal back from Iraq

Wadena-Deer Creek second-graders got to meet their hero last week when Spc. Channing Peyton visited their classroom during his two-week leave from Iraq.

Second-graders in Mrs. Seipkes' class had been writing to the 24-year-old throughout the school year, and he had written to them and sent photos. Peyton was once a second-grader in Mrs. Seipkes' class, so he had a connection to the class.

• City donates to wellness center

The Wadena city council decided to give $25,000 toward the development of a schematic design of a Wadena Regional Wellness Center, following a lengthy Monday night discussion regarding whether the city should donate the money, the profitability of the facility and how much taxpayers would pay for the center.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 13, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Fireworks follow new state statute into area stores

City officials are working to update an ordinance that would allow some fireworks to be sold in Wadena, something stores have been doing for weeks.

The city's ordinance as of now prohibits all fireworks from being sold and used in Wadena. The city council in May agreed to update the ordinance to coincide with a recently passed state statute.

• Avery Buresh new state champion

Avery Buresh is the new Minnesota State high school champion in the 800-meter dash.

Buresh, a junior at Wadena-Deer Creek, brought home the top honors and a new WDC school record from the meet.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 9, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

Pamida, which is headquartered in Omaha, has ordered the removal of Butane fuel from the shelves of its 167 retail stores, said Byron Wolff, company vice president of advertising and sales promotion.

In search of a greater thrill, a 16-year-old Omaha youth allegedly inhaled Butane prior to his death on May 17, 1987.

• From Dick's Discussions by Dick Hess

Fishing of bluegills, sunfish and crappies has taken an upswing. Panfish seem to have responded to the hot, humid weather, and are biting on worms and small minnows. An Iowan fishing on Big Sand Lane, northeast of Park Rapids, recently landed a 12-12 walleye, which is a real dandy.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 8, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Charged with first degree murder

Norman Rindahl, Jr., 26, of Minneapolis appeared before a Grand Jury Tuesday afternoon at the Wadena County Courthouse on two separate indictments in connection with a slaying that allegedly occurred at 1020 End St. SE, Wadena the night of May 26.

Rindahl gave himself up at the Alexandria Police Department later the night of May 26, after Marie Cooper and Rodney Huisenga were reported shot in the head and found lying on the street near Miss Cooper's car.

• From Pioneer District News

Sure, there's going to be a worrisome mess of rules and regulations and a sizeable pack of inspectors and petty officials running around, snooping into everybody's business, but we've asked for it.

Take for instance many years ago when most butter was home churned. Every individual who churned butter at home had a different standard of cleanliness. Some were just plain sloppy, and others didn't give a whoop if there was a dead mouse in the cream before it was churned. After all, they didn't have to eat it. They could sell it.

So back around 1900, the consumers got tired of paying out hard-earned cash for butter of doubtful quality. They began to demand that their butter be free of mouse hairs, flies legs and other assorted non-dairy items.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 12, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Arvig buys Heinola Telephone Exchange

Royal B. Arvig has added to his string of telephone exchanges with last week's purchase of the Heinola Telephone Co. for $26,237.29.

Arvig has also made an offer to the West Central Telephone Association of Wadena with an initial offer of $22,000. The Arvig holdings include exchanges at Dent, Star Lake, Perham and New York Mills.

• 400 inspect Todd-Wadena Shady Lane Rest Home here

Shady Lane Rest Home provided a beautiful setting for its open house ceremonies Sunday afternoon with more than 400, from points as far away as Hollywood, Calif., in attendance.