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5 years ago

Excerpts from the June 28, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Out of Amish country

For New York Mills author Anna Dee Olson, the publicity she is receiving for her new book is in direct contrast to the Amish values she grew up with.

In her recently released book "Growing Up Amish: The Insider Secrets" Olson reveals her experience within the distinctive subculture. The book is the first of several Olson plans on writing about why she left the Amish community of her parents in Wisconsin.

• B&R Guns grew out of passion for shooting sports

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Wadena's Rich Stuntebeck is happy to be surrounded by guns. He's been a competitive trap shooter since 1985, yelling "pull" alongside some of the nation's best. Nor should it come as a surprise that Stuntebeck, former owner of the Ford dealership in Wadena, is an entrepreneur.

Put the two together, and you have B&R Guns, which Stuntebeck runs out of his shop at the corner of Minnesota Highway 29 and County Highway 73.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 4, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• June Jubilee parade prompts proposal

Kelly Johnson admitted that she should have spotted the signs, but when her boyfriend proposed during the June Jubilee parade, she seemed to be the only one who was surprised.

Johnson, assistant manager at Burger King, was riding on the back of the restaurant's parade float, when the driver stopped in front of her father Rick's barber shop.

There stood her now-fiancé James Puttin, with a flower-adorned sign asking her to marry him.

• Explosive fireworks still illegal in state

Fireworks that go "pop" and stay on the ground are legal in Minnesota; those that go "boom" or fly are not.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the June 30, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• from Business Bits by Greg Collins

We're on the eve of another July 4 holiday, and it's time to reflect on what makes this country great, and one of its greatest assets I feel is the freedom of the press. Many people criticized the press for the role they played in the Contra affair, Jimmy and Tammy Bakker and the Presidential hopeful Gary Hart's problems.

But let's face reality...we would still be sending money to Iran, Jimmy Baker would be skimming millions from little old ladies and Gary Hart would be sleeping with some other gal on the campaign trail tonight if we hadn't blown the whistle. It's a job none of us enjoy, but a job that must be done on occasions.

The press is sometimes referred to as the "public watchdog". Like our canine counterparts, you must put up with a certain amount of mistaken barking. But if you muzzle him and leash him, you will find that he doesn't do the job for which you got him in the first place. That's why when they begin to put restrictions on us, it will be the end of our society as we know it. It's just a little something to think about over July 4.

• Paying AIDS bills mustn't be left to insurers alone

Thirty years ago, many American cities were still building large public hospitals dedicated solely to high quality treatment of tuberculosis. As drug therapy advanced, the need for these specialty hospitals declined, and all cities eventually abandoned them. In the 1970s, cost-containment pressures led to the closing of a large number of general hospitals run by municipalities.

If the AIDS crisis had occurred in the 1950s, we would already have a system of public hospitals dedicated to providing the best medical care for people with AIDS. In the 1980s, however, we have lost a sense of responsibility for public delivery of medical care, though we retain a joint public-private approach to paying for that care.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the June 29, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Aldrich school picnic July 2

Aldrich's school picnic will be held Sunday, July 2, beginning at noon, according to Mrs. Robert Ryan of that community.

Former students of the Aldrich school, teachers and friends are urged to attend. The potluck picnic will be held at the former schoolhouse, south of the Burlington Northern railroad tracks.

• Reluctant thieves pen apology

A New York Mills service station operator came to work one morning and found two tires and some cash that were stolen the night before. There was also a note. "Gentlemen, we are returning some articles which you have no doubt been missing! Do [sic] to unforeseen circumstances like drunkenness and stupidity, we have caused you some misfortune. All we can do is return the items in question and humbly offer an apology. We would appreciate your acceptance of our apology. Some reluctant thieves."

60 years ago

Excerpts from the July 3, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Wayne Gleason a slugging victim

Wayne Gleason, 52, born and raised on a farm north of Wadena, was a victim of a slugging in Detroit, Mich., last Saturday and is now reported to be confined in a hospital there in critical condition.

Gleason has been working in the Packard motor car factory in Detroit for the past 17 years, where labor troubles have been frequent and gangsters are frequently in the news.

• State board recommends Hewitt-Bertha consolidate

Consolidation of the Hewitt and Bertha school districts is drawing nearer to accomplishment, as both boards study the economic phases of the question. Hewitt's board of education has made a thorough study of the matter and concludes that consolidation is the only practical solution, and is expected to recommend it to the voters in the near future. Bertha has long advocated such a move, and outlying rural districts will probably participate in what is reputed to be the biggest consolidation effort in the state of Minnesota.