There were a lot of tears Saturday night. Gabrielle Ross, a 2017 WDC graduate, cried happy tears when she was crowned miss Wadena 2017 at the Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant, held at the Memorial Auditorium June 17. Ross, the daughter of Kevin and Sarah Ross, also won the talent contest for her piano performance and the Interview Award. Those awards come with $150 cash scholarship each.
The Wadena Area Knitters has an ambitious knitting goal for African children. The group, comprised of women and girls young and old, is looking to knit 400 comfort dolls to donate to orphanages in Kenya. So far, over 100 dolls have been knitted. Some of the dolls have been donated to area hospitals for cancer patients. In addition to the dolls, the group has made 'knitted knockers' for breast cancer patients, necklaces and chemo hats.
20 years ago Excerpts from the June 19, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Goodbye Hardee's - Burger King taking over Three months after rumors started buzzing, it's official: Hardee's is gone. Westwind, a group based in California, which owns many Burger King restaurants, purchased the business located on North Highway 71 in Wadena.
Summer - warm weather, fun gatherings and the chance to enjoy some great fruity drinks! This recipe for Watermelon Margaritas is so refreshing on hot days. One sip will have you begging for more. Enjoy! Watermelon Margaritas Makes four servings • 1/2 c. white sugar • 1/2 c. water • 3 strips orange zest • 2 c. cubed seeded watermelon • 3/4 c. white tequila • 1/4 c. lime juice • salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional) • 1 lime, cut into wedges • 2 c. crushed ice, or as needed
They may have appeared bad to the bone, but a massive group of bikers in New York Mills were really more good to the core, as the 16th Annual Ronald McDonald House Ride took place last Saturday. This proved to be quite the biker gang, too, as 714 registered bikers were revving their engines and taking to the road for the event. The ride began in New York Mills and went approximately 106 miles before ending at the New York Mills VFW, where dinner was served.
20 years ago Excerpts from the June 12, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Five Wolverines return from 1997 state track tournament; baseball team begins state tourney at St. Cloud School's out, but the sport season was extended for at least three Wadena-Deer Creek teams. Five members of the boys and girls track teams earned the right to compete at state last weekend and three of them made the All State Honors team by placing in the top nine in their events.
Light summer breakfast are hard to come by if you don't want the usual things like fruit or yogurt. This recipe for Pesto Scrambled Eggs is light and fluffy. Though it might sound unusual, the flavor is amazing. It is a perfect, easy summer breakfast. Enjoy! Pesto Scrambled Eggs Makes one serving • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 1 egg, lightly beaten • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese • salt and pepper to taste • 1/2 teaspoon pesto
Over one hundred Wadena citizens enjoyed feathered friends Monday at WDC Elementary. Dan Hnilicka, Interpretive Naturalist with The Raptor Center in St. Paul, brought four birds to the program, put on by the Wadena City Library. The birds, which included a peregrine falcon, great horned owl, red-tailed hawk and a bald eagle, drew gasps and laughs from the crowd as they munched on raw meat and dead mice.
Summertime brings lots of opportunities for picnics, parties and gatherings with friends and family. If you attend many of these, you might get tired of the same food being served over and over. Why not try this recipe for Mexican corn on the cob? The cheese will melt in your mouth and the flavor will bring new life your party. Enjoy! Mexican Corn on the Cob Makes four servings • 4 ears corn, shucked • 1/4 c. melted butter • 1/4 c. mayonnaise • 1/2 cup grated cotija cheese • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper (optional)
15 years ago Excerpts from the May 30, 2002 Pioneer Journal • Wadena Golf Club begins season with golf pro, construction Kevin Ross has been in his job as manager of the Wadena Golf Club only a couple of months and already the clubhouse is a mess. Ross began March 1 as the club's first Professional Golfers Association pro, just barely ahead of the construction that will transform the clubhouse. Amid the sheets of plastic and sawdust, Ross conducts business.