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Veterans, their families and survivors receiving disability compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly payments beginning Jan. 1. "We're pleased there will be another cost-of-living increase for veterans, their families and their survivors," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "The increase expresses in a tangible way our nation's gratitude for the sacrifices made by our service-disabled and wartime veterans."
The Raiders raised their conference dual meet record to 3-0 with a convincing 58 to 15 victory over the Otter Tail Bulldogs. Their overall record is now four and two. The only two losses came to ranked teams, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus ranked eighth in class AA and Barnesville ranked ninth in class A. BHV came out with nine pins, seven of them in the first period and the other two were second period pins. Ethan Kimber also had an 11-1 major victory. 106 Marc Hendricks (OTC) pinned Brayden Bertram :40 113 Anthony Kern (BHV) pinned Alex Erlandson 2;38
The Wolverines fell to the Eagles when they hosted New York Mills in wrestling action Dec. 17. The Eagles won the majority of their matches due to forfeits. Lee Hotakainen, Isaac Malone and Brandon Monson claimed victories for the Wolverines. New York Mills 45, Wadena-Deer Creek 30 106: Nick Hendrickx (N) wins by forfeit 113: Jeremiah Harper (N) wins by forfeit 120: Riley Seifert (W) wins by forfeit 126: Lee Hotakainen (W) pinned Charlie Fox 3:31 132: Johnny Flynn (N) wins by forfeit 138: Tyler Ehnert (N) wins by forfeit
The Verndale lady cagers clobbered Swanville Dec. 16 with a decisive victory of 67-16. The Bulldogs were no match for the Pirates, who took an early lead in the first half. The Pirates' top scorer was Shania Glenz, with 21 points. Krista Dailey followed with 12 points. Jordyn Glenz netted a respectable 8 points. The Bulldogs struggled in the first half, netting just 4 points by Brooklyn Thieschafer and Steph Koetter.
Pequot Lakes proved victorious against the Blue Devils Dec. 17. The Patriots took an early lead in the first period, putting up goals at the 14:24 and 10:37 marks. The Blue Devils answered back with a goal by Zara Einerwold at 8:57, assisted by Kylee Helling. The Patriots scored twice more in the first at 6:13 and 5:31. The Blue Devils rallied with a powerplay goal scored late in the first by McKenzie Christianson, assisted by Kylee Damm. The scoreboard ended in the first 4-2 in favor of the Patriots.
The Wadena ladies fell to Pelican Rapids Dec. 17 with a final score of 74-43 in favor of the Vikings. The Vikings dominated in the first half, scoring 39 points to the Wolverines 17. The Wolverines battled back in the second half, netting 26 points, but the Vikings held their lead with an additional 35 points to clinch the victory. Vikings' Mackenzie Korf led with 29 points. Grace Forsgren also put up double digits, earning 12 points.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Dec. 25, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Officer involved in Dec. 9 shooting returns to duty. A Wadena police officer involved in a shooting on Dec. 9 returned to active duty. Investigation results haven't come back from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Wadena Police Sgt. Tom Crawford returned to active duty 10 days after he was involved in a shooting incident.
This year's Empty Stocking Talent program was a huge success, raising $13,390 for needy children. The talent show took place Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School commons. Pastor Nate Loer, from Immanuel Lutheran church, began the program with an invocation. A variety of singers, bands, choirs, guitarists and pianists performed at the show, which aimed to raise funds to purchase toys and clothing for children in need at Christmas.
Santa Claus came to town. Jerry and Irene Barron, dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, visited the Wadena McDonald's Sunday to the elation of many children, young and old. Jerry Barron has been playing Santa for over 25 years. Originally visiting locations in Bertha, Barron has played St. Nick in Wadena since he and his wife moved here. Irene Barron made their costumes and they have been listening to children's requests ever since. "It is so much fun to talk with the children. We really enjoy doing this," Barron said.
Verndale at Pillager The Verndale Pirates secured a big road victory over the Pillager Huskies Dec. 10 in their conference opener by a final score of 81-67. Eric Blaha played a fantastic game, tallying 36 points and 10 rebounds. He was a staggering 13-18 from the field and 10-12 from the free throw line. Credit goes to the guards, including Marcos Gomez who did a great job recognizing mismatches and feeding the post on multiple occasions. Gomez chipped in with his own eight points.