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Living History: Man with Deer Creek ties helps rescue 10 Asians

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 15, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Baby convulses from heat

A 14-month-old girl was taken to the hospital after repeatedly having convulsions from the heat on Sunday morning.

The Wadena Police Department received a call at 11:26 a.m. Sunday about the girl, Police Chief Bruce Uselman said.

A police officer arrived at the flea market at Fix's Family Foods in response to the call and helped transport the infant to Tri-County Hospital.

No other information was available.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the July 14, 1994 Pioneer Journal

• Man with Deer Creek ties helps rescue 10 Asians

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Christiansen, whose wife, Molly, is the daughter of James R. and Kathy Hill of Deer Creek, recently participated in the at-sea rescue of six Chinese and four Korean fishermen aboard the submarine tender USS Holland, homeported in Agana, Guam, where he is currently assigned.

The Navy ship was sailing from Japan to its homeport in Guam when a red flare was spotted on the horizon by a ship's lookout. After the ship responded to the flare, the 10 fishermen were discovered adrift in a life raft off the coast of guam. The fishermen abandoned their boat and boarded the raft 15 hours before when the fishing vessel had started taking on water. Once aboard the Navy ship, the survivors were given food, clean clothing, a thorough medical exam and a place to sleep until they were transferred to a civilian tugboat.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 18, 1974 Pioneer Journal

• Four-day county fair begins July 25

The Wadena county fair will open its gates for a four-day run beginning in one week.

Entry day is slated Thursday, July 25.

The fair is offering entertainment for the entire family. July 25 features the Revivalaires, square dancing, the New Relationship, game and fish movies, senior citizens band and the world famous Joie Chitwood Thrill show.

The Chitwood Auto Daredevils are among the top thrill attractions in the country. Golden Gloves boxing exhibitions will also be a part of the opening day of the fair.

friday, July 26, is Kiddies Day on the midway with rides and shows at reduced prices until 6 p.m. Also appearing Friday will be the mit-Ti-Quab archery exhibitors, the singing Hahns, Sapphire Rock band, the Good News band and Love's Horizons Gospel singers.

Additional activities will include 4-H night and the recognition of Wadena county's top senior citizen. There will be two free grandstand shows for parents and children with the Musical Theater Wagon giving "New Mother Goose Tales."

July 27 is Kiddies Day on the midway with reduced rates. A special afternoon feature will be free mule cart rides for children six years and under. Dog judging will take place Friday afternoon.

The evening program will include the Fergus Falls Barbershop chorus and three rock bands.

Sunday, July 28 is thrill day at the fair with motorcycle racers from North Dakota at the afternoon matinee and the Central Minnesota Demolition Auto derby in the evening.

75 years ago

Excerpts from the July 13, 1939 Pioneer Journal

• Offer $1,000 reward for Lee's slayer

Clay county commissioners Monday boosted to $1,000 the reward offered for arrest and conviction of those responsible for the auto bomb murder of Milton Lee in Moorhead June 10.

• Haarstad kills wife, self

Plenny Haarstad, 39, who shot and killed his 35-year-old wife in a drunken rage, died from self-inflicted wounds.

• Found dead in car

Charred beyond recognition, the body of a Montevideo finance collector was discovered in his burned automobile near here. The victim was identified as O.M. Norby of Montevideo.