10 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 21, 2004 Pioneer Journal • Local soldier visits family in Wadena Tents and powdered sand greeted Michael Pickar as he stepped into Kuwait and later Iraq for the first time in March. Pickar is a staff sergeant with the 151st ETAB in Anoka. "E" is a battery identification; "T" is target; "A" is acquisition; "B" is battery. The mission of Battery E 151st Field Artillery is Target Acquisition.
Last week, I had several overripe bananas that I wanted to use before they went bad. My kids always enjoy banana bread, but I didn't want to use the same old recipe that I always do. I decided to experiment a bit and added cinnamon to the batter. The result? The kids told me it was the best banana bread that I had ever made - a rare compliment from my picky eaters. I hope you enjoy it as much as they did. Cinnamon Banana Bread Makes two loaves • 6 ripe bananas • ⅔ c. melted butter • 1 1/2 c. sugar • 2 eggs, beaten • 2 teas. vanilla extract • 2 teas.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 14, 2004 Pioneer Journal • Natural gas leak shuts down intersection Some businesses and homes were evacuated for three to four hours Saturday morning after a natural gas leak was discovered at the Wadena Holiday Station. The station reported a possible leak after the business' electronic monitoring equipment was registering a gasoline leakage, according to a police report.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 7, 2004 Pioneer Journal • Attempted murder charge goes to court A Wadena man who is facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly firing a shotgun into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend appeared in court Oct. 1 to contest evidence. At the omnibus hearing, County Attorney Jon Edin said he wants to use prior convictions in Otter Tail County to show premeditation. Joseph Patrick Simon's defense attorney, Gregory Larson of little Falls wants the prior convictions to be inadmissible. Simon is being held in in the Wadena County jail.
Oktoberfest is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate than a party with good beer and good food? This recipe for Oktoberfest Potato Salad is a sure winner at any Oktoberfest Party and very easy to make. Enjoy! Oktoberfest Potato Salad Makes four servings • 3 c. diced peeled red potatoes • 4 slices bacon • 1 small yellow or white onion, diced • ¼ c. white vinegar • 2 Tbl. water • 3 Tbl. white sugar • 1 teas. sea salt • ⅛ teas. black pepper • 1 Tbl. parsley • 1 teas. celery seed Place the potatoes into a pot, and fill with enough water to cover.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 30, 2004 Pioneer Journal • WDC students create, operate school store Teachers and students have come together to open a store at Wadena-Deer Creek High School for students and faculty. The store officially opened its doors on Sept. 23, and the two students who had the idea and put inventory together were pleased with the turnout. Students Ashley Schmitz and Neil Hutson combined their efforts to put together the Wolverine Den. Schmitz is in the community service program and Hutson is in the school service program.
I am always on the lookout for healthy, low-sodium delicious recipes. While researching recipes for people with high blood pressure, I stumbled upon this recipe for roasted cod with banana-orange relish. Sweet bananas combined with oranges, cilantro and lime juice create a fresh relish to serve with cod. You can substitute any mild white fish - my favorite is wild halibut, or try it alongside roast chicken or pork. Enjoy! Roasted Cod with Banana-Orange Relish Makes four servings • 1 lb. mild white fish • 1 teas. ground coriander, divided in half • 1/2 teas.
In an effort to get my family to eat a bit healthier, I have been cooking a meatless meal at least once a week. These vegetarian quesadillas are easy to prepare and so yummy that my kids don't even notice there is no meat in them. Enjoy! Vegetarian Quesadillas Makes six quesadillas • 1 c. red bell pepper, chopped • 1 c. chopped zucchini, chopped • 1 c. yellow squash, chopped • 1 c. red onion, chopped • 2 Tbl. olive oil • Cooking spray • 12 (nine-inch) wheat tortillas • 2 ½ c.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 23, 2004 Pioneer Journal • Verndale loses first game in years The Verndale Pirates were defeated by the Wheaton Warriors 34-14, suffering their first regular season loss since 2001. Wheaton got on the board first on a six-yard pass to Lucas Armstrong from Lance Armstrong and converted the two-point play to take the 8-0 lead.
The Verndale Pirates, led by senior quarterback Dillon Card, easily dispatched the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets Sept.