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Living History: Mother and daughter escape fire south of Wadena on Feb. 13

5 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 21, 2008 Pioneer Journal

• Mother and daughter escape fire south of Wadena on Feb.13

A woman was taken to the hospital for burns on her hands and feet, but her daughter was unharmed after both escaped a mobile home fire Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff Mike Carr said Thursday the Wadena County Sheriff's Office responded at 4:33 p.m. Feb.13 to a mobile home structure fire at Pine View Acres south of Wadena. Upon arrival at the scene, a 21-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter were able to escape from the trailer house and take refuge at a neighbor's residence.

• Novaks an encyclopedia of World War II

Through the dense cigar smoke pouring out of Winston Churchill's stogie, Lupe Novak of Deer Creek witnessed three world leaders shaping Europe's future after World War II.

Lupe and her husband, Paul, each earned a uniform full of medals from their service, and Lupe received another recently. Charlie Kampa, an Otter Tail County veterans service officer, presented her with a Women in Military Service for America Memorial Medal in early January

10 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 27, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Officer Peters works last shift on police force

After more than 27 years of patrolling the streets of Wadena, Mike Peters worked his last shift with the Wadena Police Department on Wednesday night.

During a typical night shift, Peters started by driving around Wadena to check businesses for any suspicious activity.

"We're the watchdogs for the businesses in town," Peters said. "We make sure everything is secure."

• I pledge allegiance ...

Mixed feelings arose from students who might be forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance if one of two bills in the Minnesota Legislature gets past committees.

While there is not a policy at Wadena-Deer Creek schools, most classes in the elementary school say the pledge each morning, said WDC Elementary Principal Bob Kroll.

25 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 25, 1988 Pioneer Journal

• 150 attend local IR caucus Tuesday night

More than 150 people attended the 1988 Independent Republican Caucus conducted Tuesday night at the Wadena senior high cafeteria. The event was convened by Mary Ellen Quincer.

Lucy Andrie, Wadena County IR secretary, said local party officials were pleased with the turnout and interest shown in the forthcoming presidential election.

• Dukakis leads in Wadena county DFL

Wadena county DFL'ers who attended the county caucuses Tuesday evening voted right in tune with the rest of the state, with Mike Dukakis leading well ahead of everyone else as presidential candidate. Jesse Jackson had a strong following here also, taking a slim second place over Richard Gephardt. Uncommitted delegates outnumbered the remaining delegates. Simon took fourth place in the county. These results were tabulated after 25 out of 29 precincts had reported.

40 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 22, 1973 Pioneer Journal

• 325 attend Blue and Gold Cub Scout Banquet

More than 325 people attended Wadena Cub Pack 54's Blue and Gold Potluck Banquet, held at the junior high cafeteria Monday night.

Cub Scouts, their parents and friends enjoyed the sparkling entertainment of young magician Kevin Kurz of Lakeville and that of Brainerd's Order of the Arrow scouts, who performed an American Indian pow-wow.

• Bruce Hanks in Lincoln program Feb. 26 at WHS

Bruce Hanks, a descendant of the Abraham Lincoln family, will appear in Mr. Willis' sophomore U.S. History classes at the senior high Monday, Feb. 26.

Hanks will come here for a living history lyceum, presenting a program on Abraham Lincoln.

60 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Feb. 26, 1953 Pioneer Journal

• Brockopp shot Patrolman Stevens, he says

Theodore Brockopp, a 20-year-old youth of Effington Township, Otter Tail County, is in jail at Fergus Falls after having confessed to the shooting of Patrolman Jim Stevens.

Bail has been fixed at $22,500 by Judge R.E. Barron, pending trial at the spring term of district court. It appears Brockopp is in double jeopardy by reason of the fact that he allegedly stole a rifle in Parkers Prairie and $3,500 of the bail fixed covers the latter offense.

• County's 'grass roots ambassador' to Finland

Marlene Mattila, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Mattila of Sebeka will be one of four grass roots ambassadors from Minnesota to be sent to various parts of the world this year in attempt to further international understanding.

According to Leonard Harness, state 4-H club leader, Mattila will go as an IFE delegate to Finland about June 1 and return Nov. 1.