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Doris Sophia Johnson was buried in Pioneer Cemetery 110 years ago, but she is not forgotten. The girl who died Nov. 30, 1899, at age 1 now has a marker for her tiny grave years after the original turned to dust.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 21, 2004 Pioneer Journal Area sends off soldiers Soldiers clutched loves ones waving flags and soaked up support on Saturday as the Wadena area said goodbye to soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 194th Armor Company A headquartered in Wadena. The National Guard unit is being deployed first to Fort Dix, N.J., then on to Iraq in December. Local boy scout points way in Black's Grove The new signs in Black's Grove Park didn't just appear -- they reflect the work of 16-year-old Ian Carlstrom for his eagle scout rank.
The Wadena City Council hired Legislative Associates, Inc., to lobby for funds to expand U.S. Highway 10 through Wadena in the next five-year federal transportation bill. "I'm very concerned that it is a five-year bill and if we miss the boat it's five years until we have the next opportunity," Councilman Don Niles said. Ulteig, the city engineer, will split the $2,200 per month cost to hire Legislative Associates from Sept.
Area people with diagnosed mental illnesses will share their talents, stories, struggles and humor in the upcoming "With Our Own Hearts" talent show and arts and craft exhibit at Centennial Auditorium in Staples. The show is an opportunity for presenters to entertain and educate, said Jode Freyholtz, a coordinator with the Consumer Survivor Network who is on the planning committee for the event.
The U.S. Highway 71 reconstruction has hit a few bumps in the road, but is getting completed, according to Wadena's city engineer. Jade Berube said all underground utilities are installed and grading was expected to be completed by the end of this week. There was more grading than planned along the east side of the roadway, Berube said, because the sidewalk slopes had to be modified in order to comply with new Americans with Disabilities Act requirements set by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 14, 2004 Pioneer Journal Borealis Books opens in Wadena Borealis Books opened this week on Jefferson Street in time to serve up gently used books, coffee and collectibles. Owner Laura Spilman previously started a bookstore in the Village Emporium to test and see if there was enough interest. Counting his blessings With a mixture of humor, strength and sweetness, Rod Imsande of New York Mills is making his way down the path of a disease without a cure -- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- making sure he doesn't miss the tiniest bit of everyday life.
The "Daylight" steam locomotive puffed black smoke as it barreled through Wadena at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with spectators lined near the tracks. The vintage train is on its way back to Portland, Oregon from TrainFestival 2009 in Owosso, Mich. The train passed through Wadena in July on its way to the festival. No. 4449 is the only remaining operable "streamlined" steam locomotive of the Art Deco era, according to railroadnation.com.
The start of school and the poor economy are affecting the Wadena Food Shelf, according to organizers. The typical 30 or so families who visited on Mondays rose to more than 70 families in one day a couple of times recently, volunteer Jeanette Baymler said. "And 50 isn't uncommon anymore," she said. One of the high use days with more than 70 served occurred the week after the food shelf was closed for Labor Day, Baymler said.
Possible fines for garbage dumping at Wadena County recycling sites were suggested at amounts from $19 per bag to $30 a bag at Tuesday's county board meeting. Mike Gibson, a consultant overseeing the reorganization of the solid waste department, calculated the county's cleanup cost by averaging two solid waste employees' hourly wages plus a 30 percent benefit for a total of $14.05. Minnesota Statute 115A.99 allows counties to fine people for at least twice and no more than five times the amount of what it costs the county to remove, process and dispose of unlawfully placed waste.
Pipeline repair will cause the temporary closure of County State Aid Highway 30 in Staples beginning Oct. 14, County Highway Engineer Joel Ulring informed the county board. Koch Pipeline Co. did some evaluations of older pipelines and the 18 inch pipeline that crosses underneath CSAH 30 near the airport was one of the areas they need to open cut and repair, Ulring said. The work will begin Wednesday evening Oct. 14 and is expected to be complete by Monday morning Oct. 19. "They're going to work 24/7 to get the project done," he said.