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Living history: Man arrested after shooting at policemen

10 years ago

Excerpts from the April 12, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• KFC building to become strip mall

A strip mall with a Snap Fitness 24-hour exercise facility will be built where the old KFC building stands on north Jefferson Street in Wadena.

Innovative Developers of Alexandria has purchased the property. Randy Roers, a partner with Innovative Developers, said the strip mall will have five units. Snap Fitness will locate in the old KFC building and four additional units will be added on to the south, toward the car wash. Parking will be added around the mall.

"We work with Snap Fitness and this is a place they wanted to get into," Roers said.

There are two Snap Fitness franchises in Alexandria, he said.

The timeline for the strip mall is to have the Snap Fitness ready to open in August, Roers said. The other four spaces, which are 1,250 square foot units, will be available for lease. Retail or offices will probably occupy the units, he said.

Innovative has worked in Wadena before: they did the steel erection on the Walmart building.

Innovative Developers is working with Snap Fitness and the community for a name-the-mall contest. Snap Fitness has agreed to give out a one-year family membership to the person who submits the winning name.

35 years ago

Excerpts from the April 14, 1982 Pioneer Journal

• Man arrested after shooting at policemen

A Motley man was arrested after several shots were fired from a home when two law enforcement officers went to investigate a complaint near Motley Saturday night, according to authorities.

No injuries were reported during the three-hour standoff which ended when officers entered the mobile home and found the suspect asleep.

The man was identified as milo Schauer, 34, Motley.

In incident began about 9:45 p.m. when Motley police chief Larry Converse and Bill Hawley, special deputy, were on routine patrol. A woman identified by Morrison County officials as Helen Schauer, stopped the officers and said her husband had been drinking and had loaded a gun and threatened her.

Converse said he went to the home and opened the door and was met by a man who pointed a gun at him. Converse said he ducked around a corner and several shots were fired from the home.

The two called for reinforcements and the standoff began.

After hearing nothing from the home by about 1 a.m. Sunday, officers moved in and saw through the window that the suspect was sleeping. The man was arrested and taken to the Morrison County jail in Little Falls.

Schauer appeared in county court Monday, according to Morrison County authorities, and has been charged with aggravated assault. No date was reported for his court appearance.

75 years ago

Excerpts from the April 9, 1942 Pioneer Journal

• Men from 45 through 65 will register soon

The nation's fourth registration will be held for men from 45 through 65 April 25-27. All men who had not reached their 45th birthday before Feb. 16 and have not attained their 65th birthday on April 27 must register.

Although the men to be registered are not liable for military service, they will be registered in much the same manner as men who enrolled in previous registrations, state headquarters said.

Local boards aided by volunteer registrars will conduct the registration and will record the same information as was recorded for men of the first registrations.

No national lottery will be held for the registrants in this registration and no order numbers will be placed on the registration cards.

• Commissioner's house destroyed by fire

The farm house of Carl Petterson, Wadena County commissioner, living in Rockwood township, was burned to the ground last Thursday. None of the contents were saved. The cause of the blaze has not been determined. The house was a seven room structure in good condition and had recently been wired for electricity under the REA setup.

Petterson was in town attending a county meeting and his two children , the only other occupants, had taken a noonday lunch in the grove after finishing the family washing, when they saw the flames coming through the roof of the house.

All valuables and clothing were burned. Nothing was saved but the washing machine.