10 years ago Excerpts from the Dec. 6, 2007 Pioneer Journal • Menahga man accused of selling stolen Bobcat skid steer loaders A Menahga man is accused of stealing 17 Bobcat-style skid steer loaders from around the state and selling most of them to a Sebeka implement dealer. The total value of the stolen skid steer loaders is estimated at nearly $275,000. Bobby John Anttila, 50, of Menahga, has been charged in Becker County District Court with three felony counts of receiving stolen property valued at $35,000.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Nov. 29, 2007 Pioneer Journal • Conflict over conflicts in council chambers The Wadena City Council will ask its city attorney for an investigation into possible conflicts of interest on the council and for a proposed policy and process for dealing with such issues. The subject came to light shortly after the council began discussing the Burlington Northern Depot project at a Nov. 21 budget meeting.
20 years ago Excerpts from the Nov. 20, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Foot chase ends in arresting three Frank Alton Kilchesy, 21, Park Rapids, is charged with two gross misdemeanors - aggravated driving under the influence, punishable up to a year imprisonment and $3,000 fine and aggravated driving after revocation, which carries the same penalty.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Nov. 15, 2007 Pioneer Journal • One count dropped in Hudson case A Wadena woman whose tough discipline with her daughter became the stuff of headlines this spring had one of two criminal counts dismissed against her in a court appearance earlier this month. Janine Hudson, a social worker who was once in charge of parent counseling, went before Judge Jay Carlson Nov. 1 and asked to have two charges thrown out: one count of contributing to the need for child protection or services and one count of child endangerment.
20 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 23, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Airport: the dirt work begins The outline of a dream in the minds of many Wadena residents is now visible to the eye. The town's long-debated airport officially broke ground earlier this month. Equipment arrived Oct. 2. Work began in earnest on Oct. 6. According to jeff Skoog, project representative, the weather has been cooperating nicely.
20 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 16, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Women of Today folds After 30 years, the Wadena Women of Today are dissolving the local chapter. It wasn't a decision that was made lightly, nor without some thought. In fact, said member Diane Peters, the possibility of discontinuing the group was discussed a year ago.
30 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 15, 1987 Pioneer Journal • Sebeka youth killed in accident On Oct. 12, a rural Sebeka youth, Marc Isola, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Isola, was pronounced dead at Tri-County Hospital after being involved in a farm accident at approximately 9:50 p.m. The accident occurred northwest of Sebeka when the youth fell into a semi-trailer which contained grain that was being unloaded by workers.
30 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 8, 1987 Pioneer Journal • Teachers walk out of negotiation meetings Wadena Federation of Teachers negotiator Greg Burns led the negotiation team from the boardroom Tuesday night after hearing counter proposals from the board. The Tuesday afternoon meeting was the third round of negotiations with the teacher union and the district. The groups originally set the third meeting as deadline for new proposals and both groups exercised their options during the 2.5 hour meeting.
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20 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 25, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Candidate drops out, primary cancelled The special primary election scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30, to select a Republican candidate to run against Mary Ellen Otremba will not be held, according to Wadena County Auditor/Treasurer L.G. Durkee. A pair of Republican candidates, Barb Schmitt and John Blashack, filed for that party's opening for the special primary. Blashack dropped out of the race Monday, leaving Schmitt to run against Otremba in November.