Former Wadena area broadcaster Dan Skogen was among six individuals inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Honor on Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis. Skogen was sports director at KWAD/KNSP/KKWS in Wadena from 1982-2012 and broadcast nearly 2,500 high school games for 13 area schools. Other new members of the MBCA Hall of Honor are Harvey Carroll, Gary DeBates, Tom Elliott, Babe Glumack and Alan Wettenkamp. In addition, Gary Holmseth, John Holsten, Larry McKenzie and Dean Schnaible will be inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame. The MBCA Hall of Hon
Wadena-Deer Creek's Zach Schertler and Sutton Lohmiller were named to the Mid-State's All-Conference team for the 2014 football season. WDC gridders earning honorable mention were Michael Moen and Isaac Malone. Other post-season team honors went to Wyatt Fitzsimmons (Enthusiasm) and Dylan Lound (Most Improved). Kallevig, Hinojos, Johnson share MVP honors Wadena-Deer Creek tennis players Elise Kallevig, Maddy Hinojos and Erin Johnson have been chosen to share co-MVP honors for the 2014 season. The Wolverines earned a Class A Silver Award for team academics and Kallevig
Section 8A's Isaac Overmyer, Billy Besemer and Ben Himmelspach finished in the Top 20 Saturday at the Class A state cross country tournament in Northfield. Overmyer, wearing Park Rapids Area colors, earned runner-up honors to Waseca champion Shane Steich. Overmyer ran a 16:00.4 while Streich came in with a 15:46.4. Perham's Billy Besemer was third with a 16:04.1. The Perham boys took fourth place honors in team competition with 160 points.
Capt. Joachim Eitenmiller from Camp Ripley will be the keynote speaker for the Veteran's Day program at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Gymnasium. "We are honored to have Cpt. Eitenmiller give the keynote address to students, veterans and the community at our Veteran's Day program," said WDC vocal instructor Mike Ortmann, who coordinates the school's Veteran's Day program. Eitenmiller has served more than 17 years in both active duty and the Minnesota National Guard since he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Editor's Note: In order to improve crime coverage in our paper, starting this week, the Pioneer Journal will print a weekly synopsis of the activity of the Wadena Police Department. Tiffany Lynn Murphy, 22, of Perham was cited and released for texting while driving. Dennis Clifford Harris, 52, of Wadena was cited and released for violation of the city's public nuisance ordinance. Harris's property was deemed a nuisance and at the October city council meeting, members directed the police and public works departments to abate the property by Oct.
Ski club meeting slated for Nov. 12 The annual meeting of the Wadena Area Ski Club will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at The Uptown. The meeting will include the selection of officers, discussion of the warming house project and the setting up of the work day on the trails. For more information, call Terry Olson at (218) 631-2084 or Di Anderson at (218) 631-1315. Empty Stocking seeks volunteers The Empty Stocking committee is looking for individuals or business teams to volunteer to pack boxes in December.
The goal was admirable even if the tax increase was astronomical. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature jacked up Minnesota's cigarette excise tax by a whopping 130 percent and raised the state's tax on other tobacco products from 70 percent of the wholesale price to 95 percent of the wholesale price. The idea was to raise money for the state's bottom line, sure, but the admirable other goal — the one stated again and again as justification for the big-bucks grab — was to get smokers to quit the filthy, cancer-causing habit in the face of just not being able to afford it anymore.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan maintained a slight lead over Republican challenger Stewart Mills in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District race early Wednesday morning -- a contest predicted to be one of the closest House races in the nation. In the 7th Congressional District, longtime U.S. Rep.
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