25 years ago Excerpts from the May 20, 1993 Pioneer Journal • Firefighters battle barn blaze No one was injured in an evening fire Tuesday, May 20, that gutted one barn in north Leaf River Township. No livestock were injured at the Ervin and Rita Price farm in the dairy barn blaze reported shortly before 7 p.m. One section was destroyed in the fire, but a connected lean-to and larger barn were saved, according to Wadena Fire Chief Thomas Reger.
20 years ago Excerpts from the May 14, 1998 Pioneer Journal • Multiple fights plague weekend Huntersville trail rides event The Huntersville Trail Ride, held in Huntersville this past weekend, was the scene for multiple assaults Saturday, May 9. An 18-year-old Menahga male has been arrested in connection to pushing a 16-year-old female down an embankment. The fall caused her to lose consciousness.
20 years ago Excerpts from the May 7, 1998 Pioneer Journal • Timberwolf killer sought A two-year-old female Timberwolf was found dead in a field about three miles east of Deer Creek about three weeks ago. Conservation Officer Tom Campbell of the Henning area is seeking the public's help in finding the animal's killer. Timberwolves are considered a threatened species under federal jurisdiction and killing one carries a high penalty.
30 years ago Excerpts from the April , 1988 Pioneer Journal • Mary Brown Bridge fire burns over 489 acres in Wadena County The Weather Pro Computer System at the Backus Area DNR Forestry Station and Fire Weather Forecast from the national Weather Service started spewing the information that makes backs tense and ears tune in Saturday," according to Andrea Lambrecht, information officer for the Backus DNR office.
20 years ago Excerpts from the April 2, 1998 Pioneer Journal • Rhoades selected as new WDC High School principal Moving seven miles down the road will be a big move up for Verndale Principal Richard "Dick" Rhoades. Rhoades has been selected as the new high school principal for grades seven through 12 at Wadena-Deer Creek High School.
15 years ago Excerpts from the April 3, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Woman retires after 38 years at cash register Friday was Laura Waln's last day at a grocery store cash register, a place she has been for nearly 39 years. Waln, 81, spent her last day at Fix's Family Foods helping customers check out with their groceries. She began working in the Red Owl store when it was new in 1964 and she worked there for 26 years. She was hired by Don Anderson. "I still have a can of Red Owl chili powder," Waln said.
15 years ago Excerpts from the March 27, 2003 Pioneer Journal • One-act play invited to Washington D.C. The Wadena-Deer Creek one-act play is going to Washington D.C. to perform "Windows in the Smoke" for Senator Norm Coleman. Students were informed on Tuesday night that the senator is expecting to see the performance. Plans are beginning to take shape and the troupe will travel to the nation's capitol the first week in June.
10 years ago Excerpts from the March 20, 2008 Pioneer Journal • Fire chief sentenced for gun violation Wadena Fire chief Sam Waln, Jr. was sentenced March 11 for a firearm charge after an incident in August when he fired a shotgun inside his garage within city limits. Wadena County Attorney Kyra Ladd said Waln has been cooperating and following the conditions of his probation since the Aug. 21 incident. Waln could not be reached for comment.
Life in prison without the possibility of release.
Wadena County Human Services will be undergoing internal restructuring, according to Human Services Director Tanya Lesky.