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Living History: Short notice nuptials

5 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Mar. 13, 2008 Pioneer Journal

• Despite warning, local bar will keep up ‘theater nights’

Theatrical performances will continue at Ray’s Sport and Karaoke in Wadena, owner Ray Meyer said. This comes after a recent announcement from the Minnesota Department of Health determining that theater nights in bars do not fall within the theatrical production exemption of the Freedom to Breathe Act.

The smoking ban took effect Oct. 1, 2007, and included an exemption allowing smoking by actors and actresses as part of a theatrical performance.

Meyer said he will continue to have reality theater and have people smoke in his bar until he gets a ticket. Then, he will continue and take it to court, he said.

“It’s all about rights,” he said.

• Bus shooting ‘purely an accident’

A 19-year-old Wadena man accused of allegedly shooting an air gun at three Wadena-Deer Creek school buses carrying children March 3 said he had no intention of shooting at the buses.

“It was purely an accident,” said Timothy Mindermann, 19, in a phone interview.

He was driving in his car with the window down on Minnesota Highway 29 and found his spring-powered airsoft gun under the seat of his car, he said. He hadn’t seen it in a while and was playing with it, he added.

10 Years Ago

Excerpts from the March 20, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Short notice nuptials

Keith Blom didn’t know a bride would be waiting for him at home until the day before the wedding.

Blom has been stationed with an Army unit in Missouri since Jan. 21, and will soon be deployed to Kuwait. He and his bride-to-be, Crystal Dietrich, had planned to marry once Blom was back from Kuwait, but he said that could be as long as a year, and the couple didn’t want to wait that long.

On Friday night, he found out about the wedding plans.

“I was excited,” he said. “We’d talked about it before I left for Missouri.”

Blom, who had a three-day pass to come home, drove from Fort Leonardwood, Mo., Friday night with friends. He already was planning to come home, but said the wedding was a bonus.

• City asks for budget cuts

City department heads will be asked to cut 10 percent from budgets, in an effort to make up for an expected $150,000 in state aid.

At the March 12 city council meeting, Mayor Wayne Wolden said the city most likely will lose $150,000 this year in Local Government Aid. Next year, the cut is projected to be $300,000.

25 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Mar. 10, 1988 Pioneer Journal

• Nelson announces candidacy

Bruce Nelson of Wadena announced today his candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives for District 12A.

Nelson is presently serving his term as Mayor of Wadena. He and his wife, MaryAnn, have been married for 40 years, and have raised eight children in Wadena. They have been in the retail farm equipment business for more than 30 years, with stores in Wadena and formerly in Henning.

• Wadena Floral, grass fires occur over the weekend

 The local fire department was summoned to two separate fires over the weekend. The first was Saturday at Colfax Avenue Southeast and the old Great Northern railroad tracks where they extinguished a grass fire, according to Wadena Fire Chief Jerry Wegscheid.

No property damage was reported as the fire was quickly brought under control.

Firemen were also called to Wadena Floral at 508 N Jefferson St. Sunday at 11:23 a.m. to extinguish a fire that apparently began near a wood-burning stove being used to thaw potting plant soils in a portion of the greenhouse, Wegscheid said.

“Damage to the structure, a lawnmower located in that vicinity and other materials was estimated at $5,000,” he said.

No personal injuries were reported.

40 Years Ago

Excerpts from the March 15, 1973 Pioneer Journal

• New York Mills votes new school

Bids will reportedly be set in May and construction is expected to begin by early June on a new elementary school building in New York Mills.

Residents voted 611-342 March 10 to pass a $37,000 bond issue to finance construction of the new school. The new building will contain a gymnasium, locker rooms and classrooms.

• First robin reported in Wadena

Jean Zeta of Wadena reported spying a robin on the corner of Irving Avenue and Eighth Street Southwest on March 14.

This was the first reported robin spotted in the area. 

60 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Mar. 26, 1953 Pioneer Journal

Rod & Gun Club proposes rifle club for youth

Wadena Rod & Gun Club proposes to open a school of instruction for boys and girls in the handling of firearms once a suitable location can be found for classroom study.

The Club points to the numerous accidents each year that could have been avoided among juveniles, had they been properly instructed in the use of firearms.

• Fred’s Foods grocery store opens today

Fred’s Foods, Wadena’s newest food store, opened this morning in the location recently vacated by the A&P food store. Fred Giese, who managed for A&P for several years, is launching the new enterprise.

The store has been newly decorated and floor covering has been added, and the entire setup is in conformity with the accepted practice of the day.

Myrtle Schmidt will continue to assist in the store in the same capacity as she did during the A&P days.