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Police veteran named chief

5 Years Ago

Excerpts from the April 3, 2008 Pioneer Journal

  • Jury begins deliberations in Bradley trial

The jury in the Thorpe Thomas Bradley trial began deliberations around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. No verdict had been reached by press time.

Bradley took the stand during his murder trial Tuesday, wrapping up four days of testimony from witnesses called by the prosecution and the defense.

Each side rested its case Tuesday afternoon. Final statements were set for Wednesday morning and jury was to begin deliberations after those statements.   

  • 44 years under the hood

A working man who spent his whole career at one shop can’t retire without a few good-natured jokes from coworkers and friends.  And mechanic Ron Bartels’ last day on the job at Wadena GM was no exception.

“Dirt was new when you started working here,” joked the coworker as Bartels, 65, reflected on how long ago he was hired.

10 Years Ago

Excerpts from the April 10, 2003 Pioneer Journal

  • Police veteran named chief

Bruce Uselman will swap his sergeant/investigator badge for a police chief badge after being named to the job Monday night.

The City Council voted unanimously, with Dennis Reger being absent, to hire Uselman. Uselman has been interim chief since Jan. 1, when Lane Waldahl retired. 

  • Girl makes history in geography

Wadena-Deer Creek eighth grader Emily Hunt placed high than any other girl ever when she tied for seventh of 100 students in the Minnesota National Geographic Bee.

“There has never been a state placer that has been a girl. I thought that was strange. You would think somewhere there would be a girl who would place,” Hunt said.

Macalester College welcomed 100 of the best geography students in the state on Friday for the contest.  

25 Years Ago

Excerpts from the March 31, 1988 Pioneer Journal

  • Paul Sailer named new Wadena County social services director

Paul Sailer, 40, Wadena, has accepted the position of Wadena County social services director effective March 28, 1988, according to Welfare Department Board Chairman Lyle Freer.

Sailer succeeds Dennis Johnson, who had served in that position for the past 14 years and had recently been hired as welfare director in Crow Wing County at Brainerd.   

  • Stave agrees to leave of absence

Junior High Band Instructor Roderick Stave and the board of Education came to terms Friday morning just days before their dispute was scheduled for trial.

Stave, a part-time band instructor in the Junior High, was the focus of a motion for dismissal which was passed by the Board in late February.

40 Years Ago

Excerpts from the April 5, 1973 Pioneer Journal

  • Fire destroys Dalen 34 x 140 dairy barn

Fire of undetermined origin Friday night swept through Sherman Dalen’s dairy barn south of Verndale, destroying the entire structure and more than 2500 bales of hay.

“I remember calling the Verndale fire department sometime after 9:30 p.m. Friday and firemen responded immediately,” Dalen said.   

  • American Legion Post 171 names Boy, Girl Staters

Miss Rebecca Wegscheid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wegscheid of Route 3, Wadena, and Gary Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sanders of Route 1, Wadena, were named Girl and Boy Stater, respectively, by the American Legion and its Auxiliary.

Jean Zosel of the Auxiliary and Archie Coson of the Legion Post 171 made the announcement recently. 

60 Years Ago

Excerpts from the April 16, 1953 Pioneer Journal

  • Two convicted for jewelry theft

A tip from Crow Wing county authorities led to the arrest of two former Wadena men at Deerwood, and the recovery of over $1000 in jewelry which had been taken from he Foster Jewelry in Wadena.

The tip followed the attempted sale of diamond ring. Wadena authorizes were notified and the arrests followed.

  • Six men to leave for induction Monday

Mrs. Virginia Lundell, Wadena county Selective Service clerk, says the call for May has been received at their office. Seven will be on the list for induction and five will report for their pre-induction physicals. The men are to report to the Selective Service office Wednesday morning, May 20, to depart on a special bus at 6:30 a.m.

The April contingent, comprising six men, is slated to leave Monday morning, April 20 by regular bus at 9:10.