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Living History: Wadena man almost suffocates

5 years ago

Excerpts from the May 14, 2009 Pioneer Journal

• Thomastown golf course vandalized

On Friday, May 8, Wadena County sheriff's deputies were called to the Vintage Golf Course in Thomastown Township for a report of damage to property. Deputies arrived and were informed that a vehicle sometime during the night had driven across the putting green and hit their fence that runs along the fairway.

After further investigation, deputies believe they are looking for a green or aqua colored Chevrolet Lumina, between the model years of 1990 to 1994.

The vehicle would have been missing the passenger's side mirror and have damage to the front end and passenger's side of the vehicle.

• Church expansion still at 'dream stage' in Verndale

The city of Verndale is willing to sell two blocks of Second Avenue to the Verndale Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, council members told church leaders last Monday.

Having the street available for sale is the first step in a "dream" project to build a multi-use building including a full-size gym, said Marcus Edin, an elder at the church. The church needs to know that is an option before getting an architect's drawing and presenting the idea for the congregation to vote on.

"Obviously, we're still at dream stage," Edin said.

The church needs to find out how much the expansion will cost and come up with some money, he said.

The city gave a ballpark estimate of $6,000 per block, plus or minus 25 to 30 percent.

15 years ago

Excerpts from the May 13, 1999 Pioneer Journal

• Star Wars phenomenon hits Wadena

What will you be doing at precisely 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, May 19?

If you are like thousands of other Americans, you'll be nestled in the seat of a movie theater to catch the new "Star Wars" movie the moment it is available - or at least wish you could be.

The good news is you can catch this much awaited prequel to the Star Wars phenomenon right here in Wadena. The owner of the Cozy Theater, Dave Quincer, was one of the rare small-market theater owners to land what some are acclaiming the "movie of the decade" on opening day. You could say the "force was with him" in his effort to obtain the movie opening day.

"I practically had to beg on hands and knees to get it," Quincer said of his movie-booking group.

Quincer hadn't planned on opening it at 12:01 a.m. but had enough people interested that he thought it could be fun. In fact, Quincer said he is expecting a line when he opens the doors at 11:30 p.m. After the opening run Wednesday morning, the movie will be shown at the Cozy's regular times - two shows a night. Quincer plans on opening the doors at 6:30 p.m.

• Wadena man almost suffocates

Larry Dague, Wadena, was unloading a bottom-loading semi-tractor at Deer Creek Ag., when he fell into the load and sunk to the bottom, almost suffocating under the seed. He went through the opening at the bottom and the cotton seed dumped on top of him. The incident occurred May 3.

"What concerned us is that he was suffocating," Otter Tail County Sheriff's Lieutenant Mike Boen said.

Retired Minnesota State Trooper Buck Weaver, who lives in Deer Creek, said, "We received a call from the Wadena Sheriff's office that a man was trapped under a truck. He was blue upon arrival."

The first two rescuers on scene dug Dague out, checked for injuries and treated him with oxygen bringing him around. He was taken to Tri-County Hospital by their ambulance. A hospital spokesperson said Dague was treated and released.

30 years ago

Excerpts from the May 15, 1984 Pioneer Journal

• State legislature changes fish shipment law

Regulations covering the transportation of fish are now the same for non-resident anglers as resident state fishermen, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports.

Shipping weight regulations and limits for non-residents shipping by common carrier remain in effect.

A bill eliminating the differences in the regulations was submitted to the recent legislature, passed and signed into law. The new law also eliminated the "fish packers licence." Non-residents now are no longer required to have their dressed-filleted fish prepared for shipment by a licensed packer.

A Department enforcement official said packers who have already purchased their 1984 licenses will receive a refund upon sending a written request and their license to the DNR License Center.

70 years ago

Excerpts from the May 18, 1944 Pioneer Journal

• County attorney warns Bluffton dog killers

During recent weeks several residents of Bluffton township have complained of having dogs poisoned and seeking a legal means of doing something about it, township officials took the matter up with County Attorney William Berghuis of Otter Tail County, through their county agent, John Grathwol. The following legal warning was received:

"There just isn't anything that can be said in favor of anybody who is so low as to set out poison for dogs. This is considered under our law as one of the most serious offenses and for that reason, the Legislature has seen fit to make this a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison."