15 years ago Excerpts from the Feb. 24, 2000 Pioneer Journal • Wadena resident wins $5,000 Powerball prize John Gaylord of Wadena won $5,000 playing the Lottery's Powerball game. Gaylord claimed the prize Feb. 11. The winning ticket was purchased at All Star Service in Verndale. Powerball is the multi-state lotto game that offers players nine ways to win. Players select five numbers from 1 to 49 and a Powerball, from 1 to 42. Players match four white balls plus the Powerball to win $5,000; the jackpot is won by matching all five numbers plus the Powerball.
Chinese New Year began Feb. 19. I love Asian food, in particular Chinese. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, why not make up a batch of General Tso's Chicken? This version is milder than restuarant versions, easy to make and not deep-fried, making it a healthier dish. Enjoy! General Tso's Chicken Makes six servings • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces • ¼ c. cornstarch • 2 eggs • 1 tsp. salt • ½ tsp. black pepper • 6 Tbsp. flour • 1 tsp. baking powder • ½ c. vegetable oil • 4 tsp. sesame oil • 2 tbsp.
15 years ago Excerpts from the Feb. 17, 2000 Pioneer Journal • WDC student wins big Andy Schmidt of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol presented Nicole Hensley a $150 check Friday at the Wadena-Deer Creek high school for winning an essay competition on the hazards of drinking and driving. Schmidt told Hensley he was very impressed with her essay, "Drugs and Alcohol: No Good For Me," as he presented her with the check plus a number of other complimentary prizes including t-shirts, pens and stickers.
I really enjoy a good chicken salad. If you have leftover cooked chicken and want to create something new, this is an easy way to repurpose the chicken into a delicious lunch. Enjoy! Chicken Salad Makes 12 servings • 4 c. cubed cooked chicken breast • 1 c. mayonaise • 1 tsp. paprika • 1 ½ c. dried cranberries • 1 c. chopped celery • ½ c. red grapes, halved • 2 green onions, chopped • ½ c. minced green bell pepper • 1 c. chopped cashews • 1 tsp. seasoning salt • black pepper, to taste In a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise with paprika and seasoned salt.
I must say, Colin Firth is one of my all-time favorite actors. I love the roles he usually plays - that is a shy, sometimes snobby, aristocrat who you can't help but fall in love with. So I was looking forward to seeing Firth take on a similar role in "Kingsman: The Secret Service." However, Firth's role caught me by delighted surprise. Firth plays Harry Hart, a.k.a "Galahad," a member of the Kingsman, the British secret service. Hart owes a debt of service to a man who saved his life and died because of it.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Feb. 10, 2005 Pioneer Journal • On to state competition The Wadena-Deer Creek one-act play cast and crew are heading to state competition after taking first place in the sections competition on Saturday in Hawley. The group, performing "The Metamorphosis," received the best possible ranking with a rank of one from each of the three judges. Judges recognized Micah Berger and David Papillon as starred performers.
Last week, I introduced an appetizer and main course for a special Valentine's Day dinner for two. This week, I have included a decadent yet simple dessert and a special drink to finish up the evening. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do. Berry Pavlova Makes two servings • One egg white • ¼ c and 1 Tbsp. sugar • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract • ¼ tsp. lemon juice • ½ tsp. cornstarch • ½ c. heavy cream • 2 c. fresh mixed berries Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Feb. 3, 2005 Pioneer Journal • Alleys to be art galleries A local group hopes to turn downtown alleys into art galleries. The Alley Arts Institute was formed to create a Wadena community arts project called Pieces of History. Artwork representing 1,000 years of Minnesota's history will be created on the backs of businesses in three downtown blocks. The Alley Arts Institute hopes to begin the project this summer. The project will consist of 70 art panels on city buildings in the alleys on both sides of the street.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and even if you don't have a significant other, take the time to celebrate the most important person in your life - you! Below are two recipes to get you started on a delicious gourmet meal. Next week, I will have a decadent dessert to finish your Valentine celebration. Enjoy! Strawberry Avocado Salad Makes two servings • 2 Tbsp. white sugar • 2 Tbsp. olive oil • 4 tsp. honey • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar • 1 tsp. lemon juice • 2 c. torn mixed greens • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced • 10 strawberries, sliced • ½ c.
The 16th Annual Blue Line Bids fundraiser was a smashing success. The event, held at the Wadena Elks Club, raises funds to support youth and high school hockey in Wadena. Every year, donations are gathered for the live and silent auctions held at the event.