10 years ago Excerpts from the Nov. 1, 2007 Pioneer Journal • Buyer interested in Homecrest buildings The city of Wadena is working with a potential buyer for the Homecrest buildings, just a month after the furniture manufacturer closed. "There is a buyer looking at both of the Homecrest buildings that is very serious," Mayor Wayne Wolden said.
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.
A new digital directory to promote Wadena is up and running.
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.