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Living History: A woman driver's problems do differ

5 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 22, 2009 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena Little League? City gives enthusiastic approval to plan for baseball program

It wasn't a very hard sell: Kyle Dykhoff went to the city council with a plan to use a seldom-played softball field and turn it into a regulation Little League baseball field, allowing him to start a Little League program in Wadena for 11- to 12-year-olds.

Oh, and he didn't want any money.

"I think it's super great, " Councilman Toby Pierce said. "Especially if you don't want any money."

In a tight budget time, the Wadena city council seemed thrilled to give approval to a project that didn't require it to dig deeper into its reserves. The Park Board had already heard Dykhoff's plan and was equally supportive.

"The Park Board thought it would be a good use of that field," said Ron Bucholz, a member of the Park Board and the city's public works director. "Right now the field is pretty under-utilized."

Dykhoff's plan is to use Diamond 1 - the old fastpitch softball diamond - and move the fences in from the current 270 feet to the Little League regulation size of 200 feet. Dykhoff would also build a pitcher's mound, and put grass in the infield, which would slow grounders down and make them safer for the kids.

Dykhoff, who was recently named the WDC head coach for varsity baseball, said he wants to build the baseball program starting with the younger kids. He said there may be an opportunity not only to serve 11- and 12-year-olds twice a week during the season, but to add a 9- to 10-year-old team for another night each week. The squads would be traveling teams.

Dykhoff plans to use grant money to make the field alterations. The city also pledged to give some in-kind support to the project.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 20, 1994 Pioneer Journal

• Alleged church burglars face more charges

New burglary and theft charges were filed in Wadena County Friday against two Eagle Bend men being held in connection with a string of burglaries and an assault.

A first degree burglary and a misdemeanor theft charge were filed Friday, Jan. 14, in Wadena County District Court against both George Allan Peterson, 25, and Leroy Edward Kilanowski, 49, for an alleged Dec. 6 burglary of Verndale Alliance Church in Verndale.

Taken from the church that day was a 12-guage double-barrel shotgun. The Rev. Gregg Valentine said it was just an old "wall-hanger" worth around $150 that someone must have thought looked valuable. According to the complaint, the men allegedly pried the door to the church open at about 5 p.m. Allegedly, Peterson entered and stole the gun while Kilanowski waited in a vehicle for him to come out.

The men also face charges for another Dec. 6 church burglary and assault charges connected to a Dec. 12 incident at St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena during which Wadena police officer Dennis Henricksen was stabbed in the jaw.

Authorities said that charges are also pending against both men in Otter Tail County Court for an alleged burglary at the New York Mills Assemblies of God church.

Peterson is being held on $120,000 cash bail, Kilanowski, on $60,000 cash bail.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 24, 1974 Pioneer Journal

• Rural Sebeka woman wins 1974 pickup

Mrs. Ruby Schultz of North Germany Township and rural Sebeka was the winner of the 1974 Ford ½ ton pickup awarded during the District 7 NFO rally held in Detroit Lakes Saturday.

The county was again represented when Tony Stursa of Rockwood Township won a $10 prize. Congratulations to the winners.

50 years ago

Excerpts from the Jan. 23 , 1964 Pioneer Journal

• A woman driver's problems do differ

Next time you pass a woman driver Mister, smile.

Daily, she faces motoring problems that are unique of her sex. It is generally a woman's job to pick up youngsters at school, do last minute errands, streets overrun with errant children at play. For these reasons the lady driver must exercise particular caution to avoid accidents.

The Association of Casualty and Surety Companies, an insurance company sponsored service organization, offers the woman driver some hints for safe driving.

When children are in the car, keep them seated, preferably in the back. Doors should be locked and windows kept closed if possible. When closing doors, be especially careful of dangerous pinch points. When driving on neighborhood streets, don't relax just because the street appears deserted. Expect children everywhere. And before you enter or leave a driveway, make sure children are not passing on the sidewalk in front or behind you.

Accessory apparel can also create problems. Sunglasses having small lenses, big rims and huge, gaily decorated temple pieces should be discarded when driving, since an important part of driving vision is afforded from the corner of the eye. Dangling bracelets and loosely draped beads should also be avoided since they can easily become snarled with turn signal levers, horn rings, door handles and parking brake releases.

Careful driving prevents accidents and, coincidentally, helps keeps insurance premiums low.