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Living history - Nov. 23 edition

20 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 20, 1997 Pioneer Journal

• Foot chase ends in arresting three

Frank Alton Kilchesy, 21, Park Rapids, is charged with two gross misdemeanors - aggravated driving under the influence, punishable up to a year imprisonment and $3,000 fine and aggravated driving after revocation, which carries the same penalty.

Kilchesy and two other men were arrested after Sebeka and Menahga police, a Wadena County deputy and Sheriff Mike Carr were led on a chase around alleys and through Sebeka businesses on Nov. 6. It started when Sebeka Police Chief Norm Pettis spotted a pickup with a loud muffler spewing exhaust. When it pulled into Rife's Stop and Shop, he asked the driver for his license, while the other two men walked into the store. According to the court report, Pettis smelled the odor of alcohol and saw two open bottles of beer in the cab, but the the driver go into the store to get his "brother' who he said owned the pickup. Instead, all three men left the store by the north door.

After calling for help, one man was found in Ma's Country Cafe, another captured in Ernie's Market and the third caught hiding under a vehicle parked in the old Co-op station. Matthew Lawrence Homme, 19, Goodridge, was charged with consuming underage and littering. Bobby Joe Murray, 23, Park Rapids, was turned over to Otter Tail County authorities for an outstanding warrant.

Kilchesy was appointed an attorney and is custody with a $3,000 bond. A hearing is set for Dec. 2.

50 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 23, 1967 Pioneer Journal

• Verndale farmer recognized for big corn yield

Elmer Johnson of Verndale has been recognized for producing a 96.7 bushel per acre corn yield. This is especially high in view of the extremely dry weather in the area this year, according to George Johnson, agronomist and former Crops and Soils editor of Successful Farming.

To produce his outstanding yield, Johnson used the single cross hybrid, Funk's G-4100, planted in 38 inch rows, 19,000 plants per acre at harvest.. He fertilized with 60 pounds of actual nitrogen, 35 pounds of actual phosphate, 74 pounds of actual potash and 12.5 pounds of sulphur.

Albert Mack, Funk's G-Hybrid corn dealer in Verndale, present Johnson with a Documented Yield Award following certification of his hybrid. Leo Rosenthal, Funk's G-Hybrid District Sales Manager from Wadena, participated in the presentation.

75 years ago

Excerpts from the Nov. 26, 1942 Pioneer Journal

• Tin cans are needed badly: Housewives urged to cooperate

The acute shortage of tin for the war effort is becoming more critical each day. The return of the lowly tin can from the home is the largest domestic source of tin. Each tin can returned to the grocer for collection yields one percent tin and 99 percent usable steel. L.E. Vorpahl, regional chief of the War Production Board's General Salvage Section, warns again, "If the housewife does not show more interest in complying with the request to return all tin cans to the grocer for collection, a drastic measure is forthcoming."

Each Regional shipping point contemplates several freight cars will be moving toward detinning plants before the first of December.

"Duluth housewives have set an example for others in the state to follow," said Vorpahl. "The homemaker's cooperation in Duluth is most commendable."

For the housewife who pleads she does not know what to do with her tin cans, here is the story briefly: Clean and remove paper, tops and bottoms from all tin cans other than paint, oil, varnish and motor oil cans. Take the flattened, prepared tin cans to your grocer for collection by trucks of the beverage industry.