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Living History: Skating clinic registers 250 enthused fans

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 15, 2009 Pioneer Journal

• All OK after car, school bus collide

On Jan. 7 at 3:46 p.m., the Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a school bus on Oink Joint Road in Wadena Township.

Deputies arrived on scene and found a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue had rear ended a school bus from the Wadena-Deer Creek school district. There were no children on the bus at the time of the crash.

The driver of the bus stated he was slowing down and noticed the car was sliding on the ice behind him and was unable to stop. Nobody was injured in the crash.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the verndale Police Department, Verndale First Responders and Tri-County Ambulance.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 13, 1994 Pioneer Journal

• Three dead in Aldrich car/train accident

Three people died Jan 7 near Aldrich when their car was struck by a Burlington-Northern train.

Nancy Ramsdell-Schonrock, 28, of Brainerd and Wendy Wickman, 41, of Staples were dead at the scene. Six-month old Ashley Schonrock, daughter of Nancy, died later at Greater Staples Hospital.

According to the Wadena County Sheriff's Department report, the car in which the women were riding was struck by the train about 3:15 p.m. on a township road about one mile east of Aldrich. The northbound car was apparently attempting to cross the railroad tracks when it was struck. There are no stop arms at the crossing.

30 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 18, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• CAC to distribute 31,000 tons of surplus products

The Otter Tail-Wadena CAC will distribute 31,000 tons of surplus dairy products in this month's commodities distribution Jan. 26.

Dried milk, cheddar cheese and butter will be distributed to approximately 6,200 low-income households in the two-county area. There is again enough product to serve the entire participant population.

Persons are reminded that the distributions will continue on the fourth Thursday of each month throughout 1994.

45 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 16, 1969 Pioneer Journal

• Skating clinic registers 250 enthused fans

Registration totalled 250 enthusiastic children Saturday at the Wadena Southwest skating rink for the planned skating clinic, Miss Barb Brown reported.

The turnout was encouraging in the face of inclement weather conditions that day. Interest reigned high among the children and also their parents, it was reported.

Classes will begin Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. Notification of any changes that may occur or cancellation of planned classes will be made if weather conditions are threatening.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 13, 1944 Pioneer Journal

• Auto licenses must be on cars

According to a law passed a few years ago auto license tags must be purchased on or before Nov. 15 to avoid penalty and must be attached to the vehicle at midnight, Dec. 31.

Noting many cars in this community and on the highways that do not have the new tags on, highway patrolmen warn that they must begin arrests for this violation of the new law. Therefore, all automobile owners must see to it that their 1944 license plate is attached to the rear of the car before they venture out again on the highways or streets of town.

To save metal, only one plate was supplied this year and that should be attached to the rear of the vehicle. Furthermore, it is not permissible to leave the old plate on the front.