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.
10 years ago Excerpts from the March 13, 2008 Pioneer Journal • Despite warning, local bar will keep up 'theater nights' Theatrical performances will continue at Ray's Sport and Karaoke in Wadena, said owner Ray Meyer. This comes after a recent announcement from the minnesota Department of Health determining that theater nights in bars do not fall within the theatrical production exemption of the Freedom to breathe Act.
15 years ago Excerpts from the March 13, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Well-known photographer dies at 98 Rex McDonald, who spent more than 40 years capturing the images of generations, left his own mark on the town he called home for more than 70 years. McDonald, 98, died Thursday in Wadena. If for nothing else, McDonald would be known for the decades of babies, weddings, reunions and other photographs and for the studio that still bears his name. But it was his character and his sense of humor that some say he will be most remembered for.
15 years ago Excerpts from the March 6, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Wadena to have special deer hunt at city airport The city will allow a controlled hunt at the airport to try to deal with a problem of deer on the runway.