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Deputy, 29, and suspect fatally shot after shootout in ND’s Rolette County, 2 other deputies on leave
Warren, Minn., residents return home after Nordic Fiberglass fire triggers evacuation
Three students struck before boarding school bus in Minn.
Every trick in the (Face)book: Scammers use social media to swindle money, targeting younger victims
World temperatures hit new high once again
Tuesday Scorecard 1/17
Phillips rules Section 6A with six-goal performance
Bob Tubandt Invitational set Jan. 28
Bowling-January 12 Edition
Zimmer: No timetable on Vikings QB Bridgewater's return
Steven M. Hoyhtya
Keith D. Davis Jr.
Martha "Marty" J. Kohlmeyer
Over 100 attend NJPA's workforce conference
Tri-County Auxiliary raises record amount at annual holiday auction
Three new providers have joined Tri-County Health Care
Wadena Insurance opens in downtown Wadena
Tri-County Health Care recognized as CALS hospital
Acts of Solace Project seeking performers in Wadena
Author Lois Greiman visiting Wadena Saturday
'Hidden Figures' an Oscar-worthy film
Giving Tree program garners over $2,000
Folk Landscapes presented by Lakes Area Music Festival
Local students make dean's list at St. Cloud State
Area students make dean's list at University of Jamestown
Birth announcements - Jan. 12 edition
Area students earn honors at Central Lakes College
Your letters - Jan. 12 edition
Big laws need bipartisan support
What should go in car emergency kit?
Salonen: 'Hacksaw Ridge' foxhole scene brings hope
Minding Our Elders: Restructuring life after caregiving ends
Shout-out for Pout: New Minnesota state eelpout record is on the books
Chronic Wasting Disease found in two farm-raised deer
Cougar pair spotted fighting in northern Minnesota
Deer harvest could reach 185,000
No regrets? How is that possible?
A phrase you hear alarmingly often in today's society is "I have no regrets." I started thinking about that after, of all things, the finale last year of the TV reality/game show "Survivor." In a nutshell, one guy made brilliant and unexpected moves in the game, may have been the...
March 19, 2010 - 11:17am
March 12, 2010
Lost in the bowels of Generica
In the last few years, I've experienced a strange deja vu/vertigo-like phenomenon that was just too weird to mention, so I didn't. But now that I've mentioned it to a few people, I've found others have run into the same thing. Let me back up a minute. My wife and I, untethered to...
March 12, 2010 - 2:24pm
January 22, 2010
'You won't beat me, devil fruit,' I wheezed
Sometimes life is going along smoothly and then bam -- out of nowhere, a piece of fruit tries to murder you. OK, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic with the word "murder." But it was definitely an attempt at manslaughter. Back in September, I had decided that a diet shouldn't consist...
January 22, 2010 - 11:17am
December 23, 2009
'Holy Grail' the funniest movie ever
There are those who would argue "Caddyshack" is the funniest movie ever, and they can write their own letters to the editor to make that point, or tout another selection. If you ask me, the funniest movie ever made was "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Especially if you were, at...
December 23, 2009 - 3:16pm
December 11, 2009
Online learning a change, but rewarding
Earlier this year, I made the ill-timed decision to go back to college. Had I known it would be such a challenging year at the newspaper, I probably would have chosen a better time to do it, but I soon learned it's the kind of thing you have to just jump into. And now I'm glad I did. I'm...
December 11, 2009 - 9:42am
November 27, 2009
A crushing blow, then several unexpected Thanksgiving treats
It was Thanksgiving week 1996, a Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 to be exact. I was the 24-year-old manager of the brand new radio station in Perham, and I was ready for a nice, long holiday weekend after signing on the station for the first time just three months before. It had been...
November 27, 2009 - 10:17am
November 6, 2009
Dumb luck and the deer hunter
Though it's been a few years since I've donned the blaze orange and trotted out in the snow chasing deer, the annual hunt still brings back a lot of memories. I had a pretty regular group of hunters with me: my stepfather, my uncle and my grandfather made up the core group, while...
November 6, 2009 - 10:27am
September 18, 2009
The big change, week two
By now, most people have noticed there have been some big changes at the Pioneer Journal this month. I wanted to go over a few of the most frequently asked questions to clear up any misconceptions. 1. Wait, what happened? You did what? We tried our best to warn our readers and advertisers...
September 18, 2009 - 11:16am
August 19, 2009
Fantasy football, and a word on Favre
For middle-aged, goateed men such as myself-- and an increasing number of women and other guys -- Christmas is coming in the next couple of weeks. It's fantasy football time. Before I go too far, I want to help the uninitiated understand what fantasy football is. It's not some online...
August 19, 2009 - 5:33pm
August 12, 2009
You: reporter about your own world
A faithful reader asked me the other day whether the Pioneer Journal will ever look at "citizen journalists" to help us deliver the news. The question was well-timed. It's something that's been on my mind a lot lately, as well as the minds of many of my editor colleagues. How do...
August 12, 2009 - 1:35pm
July 22, 2009
What happened to MTV, CNN and ESPN?
I'm so old that I can remember when they played music videos on MTV, talked about news on CNN and recapped sports on ESPN. Today, MTV gives us a steady stream of less-than-interesting, somewhat scripted "reality" shows, CNN gives us frivolous celebrity "news" and ESPN spends an hour...
July 22, 2009 - 4:10pm
July 15, 2009
An ode to the Click and the Clack
Several years ago, when I was on a road trip with a friend and radio colleague, he turned on a public radio program that he said was about car repair, and I gave him a look like, "our cars together aren't worth the price of a new muffler, and we couldn't change a fan belt any more...
July 15, 2009 - 3:38pm
June 24, 2009
Going green: fun hobby or weird disorder?
My own effort to "go green" slid a little farther from "healthy hobby" to "unhealthy obsession" this week when I purchased a solar power panel that powers up the battery on my iPhone. My wife looked at me like, "you need this, uh, why?" I knew I had perhaps gone a little over the...
June 24, 2009 - 2:42pm
June 17, 2009
Trading in cars a formerly foreign concept to a junk car collector
A few years back, I did something for the first time in my life: I traded in a car. No, this wasn't the first time I had purchased a car. Heck, I probably would have a hard time listing all the cars I bought. I had just never left one with enough residual value to offer to a car...
June 17, 2009 - 2:34pm
May 20, 2009
Web growth and newspaper stability at the Wadena Pioneer Journal
I sent a memo to our staff Monday night after perusing some statistics about our online readership and how it affects our business. I'm glad to share some of the same information with our readers. We're at an interesting juncture in our business. Not only are we unveiling a new,...
May 20, 2009 - 3:17pm