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Living history: Greyhound Bus to end Wadena service

10 years ago

Excerpts from the July 22, 2004 Pioneer Journal

• Greyhound Bus to end city stop

Greyhound Bus will no longer make stops in Wadena beginning Aug. 18 as part of a company-wide plan to phase out unprofitable stops.

Wadena is one of 59 cities throughout the state to be losing the bus service.

Kim Plaskett, a spokesperson for the company, said she didn't have any information about how many people traveled from the Wadena stop each day but said the departure times at 10:37 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. were on the Chicago-Seattle route. Riders can buy tickets at the Wadena McDonalds.

Plaskett said the Wadena route elimination is part of a plan nationwide to eliminate unprofitable and marginally profitable stops. She said the company is taking steps to make Greyhound profitable again.

20 years ago

Excerpts from the July 21, 1994 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena farmers' market opens

On Tuesday, some vegetable connoisseurs had a chance to set their eyes on some of the first local vegetables of the season at Wadena Farmers' Market in Burlington Northern Park.

The open air market is made possible through several area gardeners who set up booths. Gardeners such as John and Bertha Sundby. One garden is not enough for the rural Wadena couple. They have five - well, actually six, including the rutabaga patch.

The two have gardened together all 55 years of their marriage, raising seven children and having no problems finding family and friends to accept their excess produce.

In the past couple of years, they've taken some of that excess to the farmers' market. The market is held on the west end of Burlington-Northern Park every Tuesday starting at 8 a.m.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the July 25, 1974 Pioneer Journal

• Custody escapee gives self up

Bart Knutson, Wadena, who in May 1974 had been sentenced in court to an indeterminate term of up to 10 years at Stillwater State Prison for rape of a juvenile girl, was returned to Wadena county Thursday, July 18, after he had broken custody, according to the County Sheriff's Office.

County Sheriff Manley G. Erickson reported that Knutson had fled the county before being admitted to Stillwater Prison in May.

He reportedly gave himself up to two deputies in a small town near Cody, Wyo. last week, Sheriff Erickson said. Erickson and his deputy Tom Dempsey made the trip to Wyoming to transport Knutson back to Wadena county.

Knutson was charged in court at Wadena Friday, July 19, with breaking custody and bail was set, the Sheriff's office indicated.

He entered Stillwater Prison Monday, July 22, to begin an indeterminate sentence up to 10 years for rape, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office reported.

75 years ago

Excerpts from the July 20, 1939 Pioneer Journal

• Girl drowns while friend is helpless

Dorothy Lien, 21, drowned while swimming at Ferncliff, the C.A. Boline cottage on the south shore of Battle Lake.

• Lien, Mrs. Boline and the children were by the lake in front of the cottage and while Mrs. Boline remained on the dock to watch the children, Dorothy went in the water. After some time Mrs. Boline saw the girl floundering in water deeper than they usually went in as neither girl knew how to swim. The girl made no sound and did not call for help.

• Robs driver of car, valuables

Ann Beven of Ashland, Wis., formerly of this community, was forced to give up her car, her wristwatch and her money when a man whom she supposed she was taking to his sick wife in the country jabbed her in the back with the revolver Saturday.

Miss Beven, who is a nurse, was accosted by the man urging assistance for his sick wife. She started for their home with him as passenger. When about eight miles out, he forced her from the machine and fled with it and her money.

Authorities captured the nadit soon afterward.