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Radio personality Bobby Benson scheduled for Wadena Kids' Day

5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 21, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Newly crowned Miss Wadena takes sibling teasing in stride

A sash lettered with "2007 Miss Wadena" hangs alongside a banner proclaiming "She's out of this World!" in the Papillons' down-to-earth home on First Street.

The mementos are in honor of Rachel Papillon's crowning as Miss Wadena Sunday night in Memorial Auditorium.

• Quietly planning for a pandemic

While the threat of pandemic influenza has largely fallen off the public radar, Minnesota health officials say they are planning for "if and when" the crisis occurs.

"We are overdue for a pandemic, and experts tell us we should expect one," Wadena County Public Health Director Karen Nelson said.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the June 27, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Miss Wadena crowned

In front of a tense crowd Sunday, Jessica Kingsley, a May graduate of Wadena-Deer Creek High School, was crowned the new Miss Wadena 2002.

Crowned with her was her Little Attendant Molly Kraemer. Kourtney Joyce was crowned First Princess, while Brianne Peterson captured the title of Second Princess.

• Downtown work put on hold until highway project

Wadena's downtown revitalization has been put on hold until the Highway 71 project that begins next year is complete.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 23, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Farmhand charged with killing New York Mills couple

A disgruntled farmhand apparently drove a tractor about a mile to his neighbors' house, shot the young farm couple he had previously worked for and left the scene on the tractor, according to a complaint filed in Otter Tail County district court June 19, 1987.

Willys Lynn Ojala, 54, of rural New York Mills, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder Friday afternoon.

Ojala is accused of shooting Steven Mursu, 37, and his wife, Janie, 35, about 10 p.m. Thursday.

• 2,000 expected for DC All-School reunion July 3-5

Deer Creek is gearing up for one of the biggest reunions in the town's history, which is expected to attract from 1,500 to 2,000 persons during the Fourth of July weekend (July 3-5).

For interested Wildcat alumni and guests, the Friday reunion schedule includes playing football, baseball or horseshoe pitching.

• From Business Bits by Greg Collins

If you were driving by the buffalo pens on Friday and noticed the herd was short one animal, you were seeing correctly... the June Jubilee committee and the city of Wadena decided to butcher the largest bull buffalo because of problems with the animal hitting the fence.

City officials were worried about the chances of him coming through the fence someday and decided that he should be destroyed; however, it isn't an entirely sad story though, as the June Jubilee committee and the England Prairie Pioneer Days committee had the animal butchered and will be serving buffalo burgers during June Jubilee.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 22, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Groundbreaking for new C&MA church set

This coming Sunday evening, June 25, the congregation of the Wadena Christian and Missionary Alliance Church will hold a groundbreaking service for the construction of its new church building.

Following the regular evening service, the congregation will gather at the new church location at 1420 South Jefferson St.

• Name changes to Wadena Co. Social Services Dept., July 1

Effective July 1, 1972, the official name of the Wadena County Welfare department will be changed to the Wadena County Social Services Department, according to Director Paul Sundberg.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the June 26, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Bobby Benson will be Kids' Day attraction here July 11

Bobby Benson, Mutual's nationally famous Cowboy Kid, is scheduled to highlight the Kids' Day in Wadena July 11. The little boss of the B-Bar-B ranch is no stranger to this area, since he's corralled plenty of buckaroos over the local Mutual outlet, KWAD.

The 11-year-old rider of the range will ride again on Jefferson Street in Wadena, leading the big Kids' Parade.

• N.P. park fountain decay brings removal

The fountain that graced the N.P. park for approximately half a century died of old age and decay. Its remains were rudely removed the first of the week when workmen carted them off to the dump. In years past, the fountain has been a source of interest and comfort to a tourist during hot summer days, with its goldfish and other aquatic inhabitants.