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10 years ago

Excerpts from the April 8, 2004 Pioneer Journal

Public transit one year old

After a record-breaking month in March, Friendly Rider Transit will turn one year old, already exceeding its rider goal for 2004.

April 15 marks the one-year anniversary of Wadena County’s public transit system.

The transit system gave 2,291 rides in March, exceeding its 2004 goal of 2,000 riders a month. March also saw the most rides at 553 the first week.

Transit coordinator Bob Roggenkamp said rides in Menahga almost doubled in March from February - 65 to 112.

The transit system started in April 2003 giving free rides to people and officially began May 1 charging for rides.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the April 7,1994 Pioneer Journal

  • Train wreck forces evacuation

Life is back on track in Perham. Area residents returned safely to their homes Tuesday afternoon, and Burlington Northern officials planned to reopen the track Wednesday morning following a derailment about 7:40 p.m. Monday.

An overturned chlorine tank was the focus of concern, but it was uprighted without incident. The cause of the derailment remains undetermined. Federal department of transportation officials are investigating, emergency manager director Fred Lehmkuhl said. he did not know how fast the train was traveling at the time of the accident. The engineer and brakeman were taken to Staples for drug tests, a standard procedure in derailments.

No injuries resulted from the 24-car train derailment just one-quarter mile east of Perham. Officials initially took extreme precautions to protect public safety. Authorities initially evacuated the immediate vicinity as well as an area three miles downwind. Highway 10 was closed for about an hour as Perham and New York Mills police officers, Otter Tail and Becker County deputies and Minnesota Highway Patrol officers conveyed on the scene.

Monday’s derailment occurred less than a mile from the site of an Oct. 1, 1992 train derailment in the city’s downtown. In that incident, 31 cars of a 75-car BN train derailed, damaging a vacant BN depot building and loading docks and a warehouse belonging to Tuffy’s, a pet food manufacturer.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the April 11, 1974 Pioneer Journal

  • Aaron hits 715th record home run

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves Monday night, April 8, at Atlanta crashed his 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth’s record of 714.

The pitch came in the fourth inning from Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Al Downing.

The home run ball was retrieved beyond the left field fence and returned to Hammering Hank. The 40-year-old Atlanta Braves superstar ran the bases for the 715th time and a sellout crowd of 52,870 rose as one for a standing ovation while his teammates poured out of the dugout. He was embraced by his wife, Billye, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Aaron of Mobile, Ala.

The legendary Ruth, who died in 1948, had hit 714 home runs, the last three in 1935. Ruth played for 22 seasons, got into 2,503 games and 8,399 at bats.

The soft-spoken Aaron’s record shot came in his third game of his 21st season. It came on his 11,295th at bat and in the 2,967th game.

Aaron indicated he was glad it was over.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the April 13, 1944 Pioneer Journal

  • Runaway horses cause injury to man

Henry Lambert suffered severe bruises Friday as the result of a runaway south of district 180. The trailer which was being towed behind the buggy caused the buggy to run into the horses and frightened them. Mr. Lambert was run over by both the buggy and the trailer. The horses were stopped at the Skalisky farm and Mr. Lambert was able to walk that far before being taken to the doctor and hospitalized.