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Capitol Chatter: 'Not affordable' insurance quote spurs lots of talk
New indoor water center is open at Thumper Pond
Trump, Clinton differences on rural policies evident with stances on federal regulations
Perham man assaulted during argument at Pine Lake resort
Vehicle fire reported near Staples
Lakers swim past Cardinals 130-48
Pirates clip Eagles in five games
Bowling scores - Oct. 20 edition
State-ranked Pirates roar past Lions
Zimmer has charted a great course for his Vikings
The Reverend Lloyd C. Kallevig
Daniel "Danny" Schmidt
Regina M. Klimek
Patricia "Pat" Freeman
Julia "Judy" Curtis
Massage therapist joins Glamour Salon
Wadena student named intern at marketing firm
Paws & Prairie Animal Clinic expanding in Wadena
Cyber Cafe offers safe space for teens
Lunde Auto Sales opens in Wadena
Entertainment briefs - Oct. 20 edition
'Take a Walk on the Wild Side'
Brass quintet kicks off concert series
Entertainment briefs - Oct. 13 edition
Changing terminology can make accepting end-of-life decisions easier
Clergy View: Thankful for the fingerprints of God
Helping the poor
Birth announcements - Oct. 13 edition
New VA health care form removes barriers
Help needed for veterans in crisis
Must vehicles stop for pedestrians waiting to cross?
Your letters - Oct. 13 edition
Do you need a pilot car for farm equipment?
Outdoor briefs - Sept. 15
State pheasant forecast both good and bad
Shooting sports highlight for Forkhorn Field Day
Pheasant harvest shows 41 percent increase
State waterfowl season to begin Sept. 24
May 1, 2011
The president was born in the U.S.
President Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. This week, the president released a so-called "long form" birth certificate, even though the short-form certificate he provided long ago was sufficient proof he was, as he...
May 1, 2011 - 10:02pm
January 2, 2011
What a rip-off: where's my flying car?
Perusing a column from the 1985 edition of the Pioneer Journal, it dawned on me: yeah, where the heck are the cocktail-serving, foot-rubbing, oil-changing, tooth-brushing robots we were all promised? Where is that flying car we all expected around the year 2000? The columnist in...
January 2, 2011 - 6:41pm
November 19, 2010
I'm *this* close to becoming a Packer fan
Gentle reader, please place your index finger and your thumb in front of your eyes, then bring them to within a quarter inch of each other. See that? That's how close I am to becoming a Green Bay Packers fan. It's not like it would be that hard. I mean, I've already taken to cheering...
November 19, 2010 - 10:54am
October 8, 2010
A call to action for Wadena
For Wadena to begin to put the pieces together months after the 170 mile per hour winds of an EF4 tornado devastated our community, we only need decent people to do the decent thing in St. Paul on Monday. A special session was tentatively scheduled for Monday in St. Paul, as legislators...
October 8, 2010 - 11:45am
September 10, 2010
Where is Osama bin Laden?
I'm getting about as tired of writing this editorial as readers tell me they're getting of reading it. But here we are, nine years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and the man responsible for them is free and planning more attacks.
September 10, 2010 - 10:53am
September 2, 2010
WDC school is not a building
Wadena-Deer Creek school is not a building. We know that now, because the high school building is rubble, but Wadena-Deer Creek school is still strong. Maybe stronger than ever. I don't know of many people who drove by the tornado-damaged building in the last two month who didn't...
September 2, 2010 - 11:05pm
August 26, 2010
NFL owners, players need agreement
Owners and players in the National Football League seem determined to kill the golden goose. Already there's not only talk of labor unrest and a lockout for the 2011 season, most people believe it's almost sure to happen. There are legitimate issues on the table. The owners want...
August 26, 2010 - 8:57pm
August 20, 2010
Someday they'll put me in that chicken shack
Do you see that beautiful, blue chicken shack right there? Do you? Some day they're going to put me in that chicken shack. You mark my words. Yes, it was another glorious Wadena Rotary Corn and Chicken Feed last week, and I must admit, some wild, limitless ambition took over my soul....
August 20, 2010 - 12:12pm
August 13, 2010
Our hazardous bailout nation
It's everywhere you look. "You deserve a bailout." The thing is, you don't. No one deserves a bailout. Economists call it "moral hazard." It's when people believe whatever risk they take, someone will be there to suffer the consequences for them if things don't pan out. But they...
August 13, 2010 - 11:05am
August 6, 2010
An incredible fair
It was, in a word, incredible. Just a few days after the June 17 tornado hit Wadena and decimated the Wadena County Fairgrounds, the Ag Society was already confirming they planned to hold a fair anyway. That seemed like a bit of a longshot at the time. After all, half of their buildings...
August 6, 2010 - 10:36am
July 30, 2010
10 ways to spot junk journalism
Those of us who have been in the news business a long time can spot junk journalism a mile away. But we've done a horrible job explaining the warning signs to the public, which has been thrust into the role not just of news consumer but news interpreter after the rapid rise of bloggers...
July 30, 2010 - 10:53am
July 23, 2010
Completely cured of storm chasing
Back in what was seemingly an age before time existed -- the early 1990s, specifically -- I started my news career in radio, and one of the most exhilarating parts of the job was reporting on storms. This is perhaps because my earliest employ at the radio station included the overnight...
July 23, 2010 - 10:32am
June 11, 2010
Two big losses
The announcement of the closing of St. Ann's School last week took a lot of people by surprise, and felt like a punch in the gut to many. For a lot of parents, they're taking a look at their child who until recently was a St. Ann's student, wondering where they'll go next, wondering...
June 11, 2010 - 11:20am
May 28, 2010
'Lost' finale leave you lost? Here's my take
The popular TV show "Lost" had its final episode last weekend, and viewers either loved it or hated it. Or they're downright confused. For the last year or two, I've watched with a skeptical raised eyebrow, never expecting the writers on the show would be able to tie up all the loose...
May 28, 2010 - 11:34am
May 14, 2010
Odd Thoughts by Steve Schulz
About 20 years ago, I remember really enjoying the "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy" portion of "Saturday Night Live" every week. I wouldn't call these deep thoughts, but I do have a good supply of odd thoughts that keep nagging at me, none of which deserve their own column, but perhaps...
May 14, 2010 - 2:06pm