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5 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Mar. 20, 2008 Pioneer Journal

• Wheels come off Highway 10 project

Construction to expand U.S. Highway 10 from two lanes to four lanes in Wadena won’t begin until 2027, according to a new project timeline presented by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The Wadena City Council expressed frustration with the delay at the March 11 council meeting. The original delivery date of this project was 2016 or 2017. Council members said they wanted a preferred alternative announced as soon as possible for economic development purposes. Highway 10 options include a four-lane expansion through town, three bypass routes that are to the north and a no-build option. The council has announced it supports the through-town route.

• School board gets draft list of cuts

Wadena-Deer Creek Superintendent Jerome Enget walked the WDC School Board through a menu of proposed cuts for 2008-2009, including the elimination of seven teachers, eight paraprofessionals and other positions.

Enget had earlier proposed making $719,700 in cuts for next school year to bring the budget into balance and replenish some of the rainy-day fund. But the board voted to cut $769,700 – a compromise after some members wanted to reduce the budget by as much as $850,000 to $1 million.

10 Years Ago

Excerpts from the March 27, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Civic students contemplate war

Students in Robbie Grendahl’s ninth-grade civics class at Wadena-Deer Creek have their own ideas about the war in Iraq.

Many have been bombarded with television images of bombs exploding and soldiers’ desert camouflage since the conflict began.

Students voiced their opinions about the war with Iraq.

The class usually begins with a short update from CNN or Channel One, an education-based news channel for students. Then Grendahl asks students questions about how they feel about the latest updates.

“I don’t think we had a right to go in there,” said Ben Muchow, a junior.

Muchow felt the United States was not in danger and the world will view us as bullies in the conflict.

All students thought the war was tied directly to terrorism.

“I don’t think we should wait ‘til they attack us,” said Brook  Puskarich, a freshman. “We need to take the initiative.”

• One-act play invited to Washington, D.C.

The Wadena-Deer Creek one-act play is going to Washington, D.C., to perform “Windows in the Smoke” for Sen. Norm Coleman.

Students were informed on Tuesday night that the senator is expecting to see the performance. Plans are beginning to take shape and the troupe will travel to the nation’s capital the first week in June.

25 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Mar. 17, 1988 Pioneer Journal

• Board tables hockey and gymnastics proposals until April 5 meeting

Before a packed room of spectators, the Wadena School Board decided to table the hockey and gymnastics proposal following two hours of discussion.

A motion to table the issue was made by Pastor Chuck Lane, who promised those in attendance a vote during the next meeting April 5.

• New physician joins Wadena Medical Center

 Tim B. Schmitt, president of the Wadena Medical Center, announced today Dr. Matthew C. Yelle will begin practice at the Wadena Medical Center in mid-July.

Yelle attended Anoka High School, Macalester College and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.  

40 Years Ago

Excerpts from the March 22, 1973 Pioneer Journal

• Johnson sells Henning paper

Curt and Yvonne Anderson of Olivia, Minn., have purchased the Henning Advocate, which has been in the Johnson family for 77 years. Lyn and Lois Johnson held an Appreciation Day at the Advocate office Saturday (St. Patrick’s Day) for their many friends and patrons.

• 100 tombstones wrecked by vandals

The sight Monday morning made one ill.

The skies were gray and the sight of nearly 100 battered and tumbled tombstones in the local cemetery beneath majestic trees made one shudder.

Row upon row of graceful stones had been damaged, and some nearly destroyed, by thoughtless vandals late Sunday night or in the early morning hours of Monday.

60 Years Ago

Excerpts from the Mar. 26, 1953 Pioneer Journal

Wadena police denied use of state radio band

Wadena police officials are calling attention to the fact that Minnesota authorities have refused the local department use of the radio wave band now employed by the state in its crime wave prevention and apprehension efforts.

The recent murders at Spring Valley emphasize the state’s inadequate communications system, as is evidenced by the failure to setup effective road blocks in the chase of the fugitive into Iowa.

All states bordering Minnesota have equipped their police and sheriff’s cars with radio, as well as those of highway patrols, and have thus made it infinitely more difficult for criminals to escape.

Minnesota is notoriously weak in this respect, local police officials said, because of its single, weak station set up at Redwood Falls for highway patrol guidance only. Another tower has been set up in Brainerd for exclusive use of game wardens and the highway patrol, and local police and sheriffs are left to their own devices in apprehending criminals.

• We’re perfumed for Easter!

If you detect a faint suggestion of perfume about this issue of the PJ, you will be interested to know that it is a part of a trade promotion stunt put on by the Hartz store.

The ingredient is mixed with ink to produce this novel newspaper effect. If the ad on page 7 does not explain all the details, let Herb Rylander supply the missing information at his store.