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.
20 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 18, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Thieves attack area businesses Multiple burglaries are keeping area police and sheriff's departments busy. It all started thursday. Wadena Feed Supply and the Ag and Pet Center were entered Sept. 11 by a thief or thieves who made off with an unspecified amount of cash and a quantity of checks. The perpetrators gained entrance by knocking out a small piece of plywood near a door and reaching into the building to unlock a bolt and hasp lock.
20 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 11, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Freak accidents: liquor and 'a big mess' People were asking Ray Hoffman if he planned on opening a drive-through section in the liquor store after 70 bottles of liquor were the victims of a strange vehicle accident.
The annual Whiskey Creek Film Festival opened Friday to huge crowds. The line was out the door and around the block for the festival, which features six "Best in Cinema" current films, a film from and about Minnesota and a free film for families. This year's lineup included Step, Maudie, The Big Sick, The Hero, Lost in Paris, Beatriz At Dinner, Sweetland and Neither Wolf Nor Dog. Step is a documentary about a girls dance team in inner-city Baltimore. Each girl tries to become the first in their families to attend college, while facing social unrest in a troubled city.
Looking for a quick, inexpensive and delicious lunch? Want to try something other than fast food, leftovers or sandwiches? Try this easy Beef and Avocado Quesadilla. It is a perfect lunch for someone on the go or a college student on a budget. Enjoy! Beef and Avocado Quesadillas Makes eight servings • 1 Tbsp. olive oil • 1 lb. ground beef • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix • 1 (4.5-oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained • 8 (8") flour tortillas for burritos • 1 (16-oz.) can refried beans, heated
15 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 29, 2002 Pioneer Journal • Family sues county for wrongful death A wrongful death lawsuit seeking $50,000 has been filed against Wadena County and a Wadena County Sheriff's Department deputy. Patricia Cooney and the heirs of her late husband, William Peter Cooney, filed the lawsuit Aug. 5 at the Wadena County courthouse. William Cooney was killed in an accident on Nov. 14 when his Buick collided with an unmarked squad car driven by Chief Deputy Stephen Young.
I spend a lot of time looking at recipes, trying to find new and interesting dishes to introduce to my family. Not only does this prevent boredom in the kitchen, but it helps to enrich my family's palate and prevent them from being picky eaters. With school about to start, my search leans towards easy, quick, simple meals that don't skimp on flavor. This recipe for Korean Beef Bowl is destined to be a favorite. Enjoy! Korean Beef Bowls Makes four servings • 1/4 c. brown sugar, packed • 1/4 c. reduced sodium soy sauce • 2 tsp. sesame oil
15 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 22, 2002 Pioneer Journal • Amber alert helps find children On Aug. 14, radio stations interrupted their programming and TV stations ran text across the bottom of the screen to transmit Minnesota's first child abduction alert warning test.
15 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 15, 2002 Pioneer Journal • Relay for life raises $60,000 More than 5,000 luminaries were lined along the path on Friday to celebrate survivors and those who lost their battles with cancer at Sunnybrook Park in Wadena. Despite a rainey, early end to this year's annual Relay For Life, the effort netted $60, 047.93 with 19 teams participating in gathering donations. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 9, 2007 Pioneer Journal • Police officer bitten by suspect A Verndale police officer is being tested for communicable diseases after a suspect allegedly bit him hard enough to break the skin. On July 28 around 10 p.m., Verndale police officer norm Pettis fielded a call from a Verndale firefighter that a woman was "going through the compartments of the a fire truck and removing items from the vehicle," and that she might be under the influence of something because of her strange behavior, court records said.