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Boy found injured in mysterious accident

7 years ago

   Excerpts from the Oct. 26, 2006

Pioneer Journal

• Alleged assault

     A 24-year old New York Mills man allegedly threatened a woman with a semi-automatic pistol early Monday morning.

     Clinton Meeks is charged with second-degree assault and terroristic threats.

     About 1 a.m. on Monday, Wadena police officers responded to an apartment in southwest Wadena.  A 36-year-old woman and another witness reported that Meeks left a local liquor establishment in Wadena and had become upset and agitated during a previous conversation, according to the Wadena Police Department.

     The woman said Meeks arrived at her apartment and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at her and threatened her, according to a news release.  Witnesses reported that Meeks left the area in his vehicle.  Several law enforcement agencies attempted to locate the vehicle.

     Otter Tail County Sheriff’s deputies and New York Mills police located Meeks at his home in new York Mills and they established telephone communications with him.  After several conversations, Meeks exited his home and spoke to officers, according to a Wadena Police Department news release.

     A handgun was recovered at the scene and Meeks was arrested and taken to the Wadena County Jail.

     The Wadena Police Department continues to investigate the incident.

20 years ago

   Excerpts from the Oct. 28, 1993

Pioneer Journal

• Chinese group to visit Wadena

     A group of six business leaders from Changchun, China will visit Wadena as part of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange.  The visit is unique because China doesn’t have Rotary Clubs. 

     The group will be the guests of local Rotarians on their trip that begins in Duluth and will go through Canada before traveling through northern Minnesota.  A Group Study Exchange Team from District 5580 was in China in August as guests of the citizens of Changchun.

     The goal of the visit is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different nations through projects of an educational or charitable nature.

• Wolverine B-squad volleyball finishes 15-0

     The Wadena-Deer Creek B-squad volleyball team was undefeated this year, running its streak to 15-0 for the season.

     Coach Michelle Ruffino said teamwork, skill, attitude, hardwork and cooperation were the keys to success for the team.

     “The progression the girls team made throughout the season was very impressive,” Ruffino said.

     In the final five matches of the season, the Wolverines defeated Pequot Lakes 2-0, Staples 2-1, Detroit Lakes 2-1, Bertha-Hewitt 2-1 and Aitkin 2-0.

     Ruffino said three of the last five matches were very competitive. 

     “The girls really demonstrated their good skills and knowledge of the game,” she said.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 25, 1973

Pioneer Journal

• Fire reported at Folkestad home

     The Wadena fire department was called to the home of Howard Folkestad in Wadena Sunday afternoon to extinguish a gas fire.

     The fire was reportedly started when the tank on a lawnmower was being filled, one fireman said.  No one was injured in the mishap.  The fire was contained and did not destroy adjacent property.

60 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 29, 1953

Pioneer Journal

• Broken axle throws truck out of control

   Saturday morning Donald Nelses, driver of the Co-op gasoline delivery truck, escaped injury in an unusual accident as he was making delivery of a cargo of gasoline to the Richard Stuewer farm northeast of Wadena.

     About two miles east of the Leaf River town hall, the front axle of his truck broke off, allowing the front end to drop to the road bed.  The truck went out of control traveling down through a ditch and then into the District 11 church yard where it cracked into a tree.

     A wrecker was called from Wadena and the truck was towed back into town. 

75 years ago

Excerpts from the Oct. 27, 1938

Pioneer Journal

• Boy found injured in mystery accident

     Virgil Moench, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moench, is confined to his home recovering from a brain concussion suffered mysteriously Tuesday when he wandered away from home.  When found he appeared to be in a dazed condition.  Doctors were consulted and he was found to have a brain concussion.

• Farmer faces trial in theft of cows

     Frank Chandler, Ponsford farmer, will face trial at the next term of court in Hubbard County on charges of cattle rustling.  He is charged with the theft of two cows from a farmer near Guthrie.  He is free under $1,500 bond.

• Man loses hand in corn shredder

     Peter Harms of Corliss town lost his left hand when it was drawn into a shredder.  The entire hand was mangled, only a part of the little finger remaining.  Harms was brought to the hospital where the hand was amputated.  His condition is reported favorable.