5 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 5, 2004 Pioneer Journal Carolyn Richter shares rhubarb slush recipe Carolyn Richter shared her recipe for the rhubarb slush she served to 1,000 people when the Multiple Sclerosis TRAM stopped at the Richter farm. "We always have more rhubarb than we know what to do with," she said. Her recipe requires two quarts rhubarb, two quarts water, two cups sugar, and a 6-ounce package of cherry Jell-O. Boil rhubarb and water. Strain and save juice. Add other ingredients and freeze. Fill glass about 1/3 full and finish filling glasses with 7-Up.
The consolidation of The Grocery Store by Mason Brothers and Super One was inevitable, according to management. "I think we've all been in this town long enough to see that this town is not big enough to give the volume to three full grocery stores," said Store Manager Jason Bowers. When it was just Super One and Fix's things were fine, he said. That all changed when Wal-Mart came to town. "We're competing against the largest corporation in the world and the world's largest employer," Bowers said. With the amount of business that was left over, Super One owner Miner's Inc.
Sweet-scented pineapple weed is a certain calling card for my favorite summertime memories. Whenever I catch a whiff of this chamomile cousin I feel like I've just stepped out of my family's blue Oldsmobile onto the driveway of Grandma and Granddad's Hewitt home. The heady scent was a welcome into a world of pancakes fried in bacon grease, fresh strawberries from the garden and countless card games of golf. Best of all, it was the Hacking kids' opportunity to have their grandparents all to themselves. Our exclusive time didn't happen right when our parents dropped us off, though.
The 116th annual Wadena County Fair opened Thursday with 4-H events, inflatable games and lots of fair fun. Rainy skies early in the afternoon turned into beautiful, sunny weather. No events were canceled due to the rain, Ag Society President Jeff Nardello said. One event was switched to tonight, however. The Friend of the Fair award will be handed out just prior to the No Fear Thrill Show at 7 p.m. Attendance was good the first day, Nardello said.
5 years ago Excerpts from the July 29, 2004 Pioneer Journal Pettit reunites with Mickey Rooney Wadena banker Alan Pettit reunited with his old Army pingpong buddy Mickey Rooney on Saturday in Staples. The two men met while they were stationed in France in 1944 during World War II. They played a number of pingpong matches with each other.
Wadena County commissioners tabled a discussion about the Verndale garage until Sept. 1 to allow all of the commissioners and the Verndale mayor to attend and give the highway engineer more time to prepare. Highway Engineer Joel Ulring said a busy schedule the past week and a half did not allow him time to prepare for the discussion. But he said he was happy to hear comments from those members of the public who attended the scheduled 11 a.m. Friday discussion. Commissioner Lane Waldahl said Mayor Ardith Carr wanted to be at the meeting but was unable to attend.
Wadena Evangelical has experienced a lot of changes since organizing in 1909. Joining the Evangelical Church of North America in the 1960s, building expansions and singing contemporary music are just a few. The church honored its 100th anniversary this Saturday with a party in Sunnybrook Park. The anniversary was an opportunity to celebrate the continued growth of the church, said the Rev. Jeff Heisler. The congregation has doubled in the past two years. It was really encouraging to see the number of new faces that really took ownership of the church's big party, he said.
Defending state champion Gregory Michael of Miltona won the Colgate Country Showdown in Wadena Saturday night by performing an original song and a Brad Paisley favorite. He will represent Superstation K-106 in the state competition. Eleven-year-old Devon Worley of Plymouth, Minn., was runner up. Kayla Stelzer of Menahga will represent KWAD/KNSP in the state contest after winning in Sebeka Friday night. Janie Marie was runner up.
After dropping for the past couple months, unemployment in Wadena County rose from 9.8 percent in May to 10.3 percent in June. "That struck me as a little unusual because it is summer," said Paul Sailer, the county's human services director. "I would expect it to stay the same or go down." Seasonal jobs such as construction work usually result in lower unemployment in the summer. The uptick is reflected in the state unemployment numbers, Sailer told the Wadena County Social Services Board. Minnesota's unemployment rate went from 7.8 percent in May to 8.4 percent in June.
A Barnyard Olympics, fireworks and livestock shows are a salute to rural life and an opportunity for economical entertainment at the 116th Annual Wadena County Fair today (Thursday) through Saturday. "In our county fair the whole object is to provide people ... a cheap or free source of entertainment for the whole family," Ag Society President Jeff Nardello said. There is no gate fee to attend the fair. Nardello estimated attendance at more than 6,000 last year and thinks more may attend this year because of the difficult economy.