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5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 14, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Persistence, wind drive turbine

Just north of Hewitt, a new landmark has been erected with a wind turbine that stands 260 feet tall to the top of the tower and has a rotor diameter of 297 feet tip to tip.

A dedication of the windmill was on Friday at the site of the wind turbine, in Stowe Prairie Township, just north of Hewitt.

• Ride draws more than 1,000 bikers

The goal was to break a thousand. And when Mike Ramsay made the big announcement immediately following Saturday's Ronald McDonald House Benefit Ride in New York Mills that 1,020 registered bikes with roughly 1,600 riders participated in the event, the crowd gathered at the VFW cheered.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 20, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Area National Guard sends relief

Wadena National Guard members returned Sunday after helping Roseau-area residents with flood relief.

Wadena became a gathering spot on June 12 for regional National Guard troops being sent to the Roseau area. About 100 Guard members from the surrounding areas of Brainerd, Sauk Centre, St. Cloud and 12 from Wadena helped.

• Former Lund exec to plead guilty

A former executive at Lund Boat Co. in New York Mills plans to plead guilty to mail fraud and money laundering.

Gary Schultz was charged Monday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis with embezzling more than $14 million from his former employer over an 18-year period.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 16, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Verndale without power for five hours when truck strikes utility pole

"You don't realize how dependent you are upon electricity until the lights go out," several Verndale merchants and city residents said following a five-hour power outage June 10 resulting from a grain truck transport's severing a Minnesota Power Company pole.

• Guest Editorial by Rhetta Grimsley Johnson

Jerry Falwell is doing so well in his May emergency fund-raising campaign for the beleaguered PTL that he's raised his goal from $7 million to $10 million.

Oh, won't we all rest more peacefully when the PTL is back on a sound financial track? Won't we feel better when the PTL can continue its mission work, including running its shopping mall where artists sell original paintings of Jesus in contemporary settings and "Miami Vice" duds? And how about that luxury hotel where guests can be baptized right in the indoor pool if they are of a mind?

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 15, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Youth threatens police with rifle

The juvenile was located in an alley armed with a loaded rifle with scope. When approached by the local police department he fled to the bedroom of a house where he barricaded himself.

• Railroad came to Aldrich 100 years ago

Aldrich village on Hwy. 10 and the Burlington Northern railroad was one of the early important settlements in Wadena county.

The railroad proceeding westward reached Aldrich 100 years ago in 1872.

In June 1883, Aldrich had the booming population of 100. The townsite of Aldrich was established in 1880.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 19, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• It's hot in Kentucky, says John F. Vogel

Mr. and Mrs. V.J. Vogel, of this city, are in receipt of a letter from their son, John, stating that they are training in temperatures up to 110 degrees at Camp Breckinridge where he is a member of the 101st Airborne Division. Although he has several weeks of training left he has won his corporal's stripes.

He attended the automobile races at Indianapolis, Ind., on Memorial Day and got the thrill of his life in seeing Tracy Puttman win in the 500 mile grueling contest. His interest in the event was heightened somewhat by realization of the fact that he himself was a stock car racer last summer.

• Wadena rest home closing

Mrs. Velma Erickson, who has operated the rest home in the former Beltman hotel building, is preparing to close it and is advertising the household goods at auction Friday, June 27. The building has long been condemned by the state fire marshal and with the opening of Shady Lane Rest Home the vacating order is now being enforced.