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Living History: A history of technology, from steam engines to email

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 2, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Tram bikers pedal through Wadena

Sunnybrook Park was filled to the brim with MS Tram cyclists last week as they passed through Wadena.

About 1,200 people stayed in Wadena July 25 as a stop for MS Tram, a five-day, 300-mile bike tour to help fund Multiple Sclerosis research and programs.

• Compton church 'full of memories' for congregation

The doors of the Scandinavian Christian Church of Compton once again opened wide to welcome a faithful congregation Sunday morning.

Regular services in the church ended in 1958, but descendants of the church members have continued to meet in Compton once a year for a family reunion.

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 8, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Microsoft executive, former Wadena man, gives to Cyber Cafe

A Wadena man who once walked the streets as a boy delivering newspapers has given the Cyber Cafe $10,000 for computers.

Bill Sample, now the worldwide income tax manager for Microsoft, moved to Wadena when he was 10 years old. He lived here through his 10th grade year, when he received a scholarship from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

• Editorial: Contact staff through e-mail

We still are available by phone, by mail, face to face, but we know the value of technology too. Email is very quick, takes little effort and can be a nice form of communication. While nothing beats human, face-to-face contact, sometimes it's easier to ask a question or leave a comment by email.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 6, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Nuclear warfare opposition: Minnesota Peace Walk travels through Wadena area

Addressing the profound fears of nuclear war, and also to create an awareness of a more humanistic society, groups of Minnesotans are walking from each of the corners of Minnesota, culminating at a central point, in St. Cloud.

Last Tuesday evening, the Peace Walk arrived in Wadena for a community picnic. At this picnic, people shared their concerns about peace and nuclear threats, and how they arrived at these concerns.

• Wadena teachers attend computer literacy class

Michael Kangas, Elroy Podratz and Lynda Wosmek, Wadena, are attending the nationally recognized "Teach the Teachers" computer literacy program in Brainerd.

Sponsored by IBM in Rochester, the two-week course is designed to give teachers and administrators practical and theoretical knowledge of computers.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 3, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Attendance 12,000 at county fair

Nearly 12,000 people attended the 1972 Wadena County Fair last week with Saturday's (July 29) attendance double that of Saturday a year ago.

Near perfect weather for dairy and beef exhibitors was in effect Friday, judging day, while Saturday and Sunday fairgoers basked in warm sunshine.

• Elm Ave. NW closed near new hospital

Elm Street northwest, adjacent to the site of the new hospital, has been closed off to vehicular travel as construction begins, Earl Schillo said today.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 7, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• New addition to Deer Creek School

The Spruce Lawn School (District 101 Otter Tail County) has been moved into Deer Creek for an annex to the present Deer Creek Consolidated School District 38. The new addition will be used for classrooms, and the basement beneath the addition will be used for a kitchen and dining room. Due to consolidation, the extra room is needed. The rural school building, which was moved into Deer Creek, has been vacant for the past few years.

• NP branch freight to be diesel powered

The Northern Pacific railway has ordered eight additional diesel locomotives, costing nearly a million dollars, President Robert S. Macfarlane announced today.

The 1600 HP units will replace steam power in local freight service between Dilworth, Minn. and Jamestown, N.D., and on the Fargo southwestern and Oakes branch lines in North Dakota and Minnesota.