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Living History - Nov. 30 edition

10 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 29, 2007 Pioneer Journal

• Conflict over conflicts in council chambers

The Wadena City Council will ask its city attorney for an investigation into possible conflicts of interest on the council and for a proposed policy and process for dealing with such issues.

The subject came to light shortly after the council began discussing the Burlington Northern Depot project at a Nov. 21 budget meeting.

Mayor Wayne Wolden brought up the issue to Councilwoman Kay Browne. He said he sees a conflict between her being on the city council as well as being a board member of Partners for a healthy Wadena Region, which leases the depot from the city. She is also the project manager of the depot restoration project.

Wolden said Partners for a healthy Wadena Region has made a contract with the city of Wadena for a piece of the parking lot in which the council was talking about.

Browne said there is no direct or personal financial gain and no personal interest in the project.

Wolden thought there was an incompatibility of offices.

Councilwoman Jeanette Baymler said that Browne was only one person so she couldn't influence the vote.

Councilman Pete Phillips said the council wasn't meeting to talk about conflicts of interest but rather the budget. He thought the council should talk about conflicts of interest at another time.

Wolden said he didn't agree with browne's assessment of the conflict of interest.

"I believe there is a conflict," he said.

He wanted the opinion of the city attorney.

City Administrator Brad Swenson said that City Attorney Jeff Pederson wanted the council as a group to ask him for an opinion rather than one member of the council.

Phillips said he would be in favor of having the city attorney looking into possible conflicts of interest for all the council as well as looking into a policy. He wanted to make sure each person was looked at for possible conflicts of interest, including Councilman Toby Pierce selling insurance.

45 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 30, 1972 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena County timber sales share set at $4,099

Norman Woollett, area forestry supervisor of Park Rapids, turned over a check of $4,099 to Wadena county Auditor R.R. Ryti Monday morning for 1972 county timber sales.

The total timber sales were $8,198. With 50 percent going to the state and 50 percent going to Wadena County, according to Woollett.

He stressed the fact that the monies will apply to county, school and township funds.

There were 28 sales including 1,00 cords of timber amounting to $4,099 to the county. Local wages involved in cutting and hauling was $21,600 according to the District Forester. He also added that wildlife benefits from the cutting of county timber.

In his report to the county, Supervisor Woollett also gave detailed information on tree plantations, recreation, forest roads and wildlife.

75 years ago

Excerpts from the Dec. 3, 1942 Pioneer Journal

• Two deer with one shot. . . lawsy me!

When you are sitting around telling your deer stories, here is one that will wind up most parties.

Ed Lysne, now of Elbow Lake and formerly of Gambles store in wadena, tells this to be the truth.

While hunting deer with friends near Northome, he saw two deer in front of him and he shot them both with one shot. One was a spike buck and the other a doe. He shot these deer the day after the season opened with William Pihlstrom's 30-30 carbine rifle.

The shell entered the rear part of the doe and then into the buck. Both dropped dead where they stood.

• 1926 Ford draws curious eyes

R.A. Stuntebeck's garage display room has many curious visitors these days since a 1926 Ford touring car, with side curtains and kerosene tail light complete, has been on display.

The car is a shining example of what good care can do for a dumb animal . . . it is hardly soiled. It has no self starter, even though it was manufactured during the days when they were optional. It has worn out two sets of tires standing in the garage, for the vehicle has been driven only about a thousand miles during its lifetime. In fact, Stuntebeck, who purchased the car at auction, was the first to drive it across to the south side of the N.P. tracks at Verndale, from the Harrison Nelson farm.

Yes, it's for sale.