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Feb. 8 - Karen and Brandon Kimber, Eagle Bend, boy, Colten Michael Kimber, 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 19 inches long, Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Colten, who was delivered by Dr. Bobbi Adams, is welcomed home by 8-year-old sister, Justice, and 2-year-old brother, Logan.
5 Years Ago Excerpts from the Feb. 14, 2008 Pioneer Journal In Wadena County, it was Obama and Huckabee The Feb. 5 Super Tuesday caucus brought impressive crowds to both Republican and DFL meetings. "The turnout was extremely good," said DeEtta Bilek, chairwoman of the Wadena County GOP.
Feb. 4 Police assisted on an ambulance call to the residence of a man who allegedly took 32 sleeping pills. Feb. 5 Police carried out a search for a black and white shih tzu after the dog ran away from its owner. The dog was later found in good condition near the owner's home. Feb. 6 A caller reported finding a man who had hanged himself in his camper near Menahga. The investigating officer did not observe any signs of foul play. The man's uncle was contacted, and he told police he spoke with his nephew the previous Sunday and did not suspect anything was wrong. Feb.
Ricky Lynn Anderson, 44, Wadena, terroristic threats. Daniel Lee Barcus, 63, St. Paul, fourth-degree DWI, operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol. Alix Ross Beyer, 21, Perham, first-degree sex conduct, theft. Tyler Mark Fix, 19, Wadena, drugs. Peter James Zosel, 24, Wadena, domestic assault.
On Monday, the kids were treated to a good old-fashioned Snow Day - the kind of day when the weather turns everything upside-down. I can't help but think of Snow Days past, like the one in college that saved me from failing that certain music-theory test. "Saved by the blizzard - yes!" screamed my roommates and I, high-fives all around, as we heard the announcement of no classes. By noon, the bad weather had passed and everyone was running around campus in shorts having snowball fights. These days, I'm a bit more conflicted about weather-related school closings.
I just want to thank Kevin Gorghuber for his letter to the editor in last week's paper. I do not understand how our politicians can demand to take away our right to bear arms but have no problem in taking the right to life away from millions of babies. Gun control, the kind of control that the gun control activists really want, will not stop the senseless killing. We need to teach our children to respect life, not let them play video games that the object is to kill other human beings.
It's important that there is discussion about how to rightly give lasting honor to military veterans. This is because it could be possible to do it lastingly wrong. That would happen if there is a message that is irrelevant or irreverent to much of the American population. My own father gave five years of his youth to a world war. Then he managed to return and rebuild an excellent life. I can guarantee that over the following 50 years as I heard his memories of that war, he never mentioned god.
By Northern Plains' standards, Sunday's blizzard was not a record-breaker. It met the meteorological definition of a blizzard, mostly because of high winds, but as Red River Valley blizzards can go, it was a bit wimpy.
The Echo Press ran a short news story in the Feb. 8 issue, "Melanoma rates on the rise," which piqued interest among readers. It was among the top read online stories that day. That was good to see. The more people are informed of health problems and the better prepared they are to prevent them from happening, the better off they will be.
In the Jan. 26 issue of the Pioneer Journal, Heidi Anwiler of Moorhead stated that until we ban every gun in America, these mass killings of innocent people will continue. She states we no longer need guns to hunt for meat. After all, it is the 21st Century, she says. Heidi needs to go further. In 1995 in Oklahoma City, Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people, including 19 babies in day care.