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Living History - March 1 edition

Employees move furniture into the PJ's new location. File photo.

15 years ago

Excerpts from the March 6, 2003 Pioneer Journal

• Wadena to have special deer hunt at city airport

The city will allow a controlled hunt at the airport to try to deal with a problem of deer on the runway.

The firearms hunt is part of a three-pronged approach unanimously approved by the City Council at a special Feb. 26 meeting to deal with deer wandering onto the Wadena Municipal Airport runway. The city intends to build a fence at the airport in 204 as a long-term solution. In addition, archery hunters also will be allowed to hunt in the area during hunting season, but details have not been finalized.

The firearms hunt, allowed through a special permit from the Department of Natural Resources, will take place before April 4.

About 10 neighbors in the airport/Black's Grove area attended the meeting to ask the council not to shoot the deer now but wait until fall. Does already are pregnant and will be giving birth in about 90 days, said Norm Ohrmundt, who lives near Black's Grove.

Ohrmundt, a hunter himself, said neighbors aren't opposed to harvesting the deer. They don't want the animals killed now because chances of harvesting a pregnant doe carrying one or more fawns are too great.

"If you shoot one doe, you're going to be taking three," Ohrmundt said.

But Tom Stursa, DNR wildlife technician, said having a controlled hunt now - before the fawns are born - prevents the young from being left alone.

"This is to cull out animals that are causing problems," he said.

The controlled hunt will take no more than 10 deer and designates specific people allowed to kill deer; Eric Sonnenberg, Ron Noon, Rick Johnson and Jeff Lucas. Meat from the deer will be divided between the Food Shelf chapters in Wadena and New York Mills.

40 years ago

Excerpts from the March 1, 1978 Pioneer Journal

• PJ relocates

The Wadena Pioneer Journal is now operating out of their new office, located at 108 First Street SW in town. We will continue to provide our readers with the best coverage of local and community news. We hope our readers will bear with us during our transition period and that it will not cause any inconvenience. We will keep our readers informed as to when we will have our open house.

• Vehicles left running reported taken

A 1973 Chevrolet was left running in the Super Valu parking lot Feb. 18 and driven away by an unidentified person, Steve Young, Wadena Police Department, said.

The car, owned by Ernest Bushing of Wadena, was recovered on Ottertail County Road 75 at 11 p.m. that evening, Young said.

There was some damage to the front of the car and the windshield broken, Young said. Investigation into the incident is continuing, he said.

Another vehicle was reported taken from in front of Lavardo's Bar in Wadena, Feb. 24 at 11 p.m., Young said. The pickup, belonging to Jerry Rowan, Wadena, had been left running, he said.

The vehicle was recovered Feb. 25 at 12:45 a.m. approximately four miles east of Wadena and a quarter mile north of County Road 109 in the ditch, he said. Approximately $240 in property was removed from the pickup, he said. The vehicle received about $100 in damages, he said.

Investigation into the case is continuing, Young said.

75 years ago

Excerpts from the March 4, 1943 Pioneer Journal

• Priorities? Not to repair eggs

In this age of priorities one is apt to despair of doing anything without first getting an A-1 or AA-1 priority rating. However, that sort of thing does not worry L.C. Stearns of the Farmers Hatchery, whose principal business this time of year is hatching eggs. Maybe it's because the War Production Board hasn't heard, but in the meantime this enterprising hatchery man is bringing forth whole turkeys from broken eggs.

How does he do it? Well, being a firm believer of the old adage that a stitch in time saves nine and having heard that necessity is the mother of invention, Stearns just takes the broken egg, providing of course that the membrane is uninjured, and gives the broken part a coating of waterglass and in three minutes or more it is on its way to become the mother of a little turkey.

On Monday, by this method, a Wadena farmer was saved eight eggs. Net cash savings - $2.40.

• Jingle Bell . . . deer may pull sled

Ed Pulju, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulju, Menahga, found a small deer while sawing wood near Motley last year and took it home. He nursed the deer to maturity with the aid of a bottle and nipple and other tender tactics.

The deer is tame now and runs around the yard and in the nearby woods. When called, the deer will come. Pulju says it's not uncommon for the deer to come into the house when he is following one of the family.

The Puljus plan to teach the deer to wear a harness and to pull a sled or a small wagon some time in the near future.