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5 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 13, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• WDC Homecoming

Wadena-Deer Creek Homecoming week kicks off Monday with students wearing pajamas and ends on Sept. 21 with blue and gold dress and the return of the Homecoming Parade.

The football game will be Friday night with the Wolverines facing Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

• Lab tech wins Wad of Fun car

Wadena resident Nancy McGray's spirits weren't dampened by the cold, rainy weather Saturday. She had a brand new 2007 Chevrolet Aveo to take shelter in, after winning Wadena's Wad of Fun grand prize drawing.

"I was kind of shocked," she said Monday. "I'm still excited."

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 19, 2002 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena remembers Sept. 11

The one-year anniversary of Sept. 11 brought the community together to remember the victims and families of that day.

A tree planting ceremony was held at Northwest Technical College the morning of Sept. 11, and Immanuel Lutheran Church had a service in the evening to honor local law enforcement and firefighters.

• Police Chief Lane Waldahl to retire

Police Chief Lane Waldahl has announced he will retire Dec. 31, leaving a law enforcement career that spanned about 30 years.

25 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 17, 1987 Pioneer Journal

• Putting the pieces back together after student holds teacher hostage at PR

Friday morning, Sept. 11, 1987. Everything seemed normal.

But in one classroom, a troubled sophomore student arrived late for class, approached the instructor and aimed a gun at her. At first students said they thought it was a joke.

Very coincidental in the whole case was the presence of Paul Gerber, a psychologist conducting a seminar for Park Rapids law enforcement officers for the Minnesota State Crime Bureau. Gerber was called on to negotiate with the student by phone.

• Community Center announces fall racquetball leagues, free lessons

It wasn't long ago that many people in Wadena didn't know exactly what racquetball was. Still today, there are people who don't. But since the Wadena Community Center opened up about two years ago, it has become a very popular sport in Wadena.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Sept. 14, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Minneapolis man sentenced up to 40 years at Stillwater

A 26-year-old Minneapolis man was taken to Stillwater prison Thursday, Sept. 7, to begin serving two concurrent terms ranging up to 40 years, after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in two shootings in Wadena.

Wadena County Sheriff Manley G. Erickson said the man, Norman Rindahl Jr., shot and killed another Minneapolis man and a Wadena woman on May 26.

• Vandalism is cause of cable TV outage

Minnesota All-Channel TV reported vandalism of its cable on a 10-mile stretch between Melrose and Albany at about 6 p.m. Sunday. The Viking football game with Miami was interrupted by the incident.

Mr. Derby, manager of Cable TV in Wadena, reported that apparently persons using shotguns had vandalized cable in the Avon community, causing an outage from 6 p.m. Sunday to noon Monday.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Aug. 18, 1952 Pioneer Journal

• Two new polio cases reported in county

Two new cases of polio have been reported in Wadena County during the past week, and two other cases have appeared in the Poplar community, just over the Wadena county line in Cass County.

• Deer Creek opens grid schedule at Hewitt, Friday

Under the guidance of Coach Chester Austinson, the Deer Creek Wildcats open their 1952 grid season when they travel to Hewitt. Hewitt opened their last season Friday, playing Parkers Prairie, with the game ending in a 19-19 tie.