20 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 8, 1998 Pioneer Journal • Shady Lane named employer of the year With more than 10 percent of its workforce accomplishing their goals, despite having disabilities, Shady Lane nursing home has been named the Non-Metropolitan Large employer of the Year by the Minnesota Rehabilitation Association. Mike Gibson, administrator at Shady Lane, will receive the award tonight at the Arrowwood Radisson in Alexandria.
20 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 1, 1998 Pioneer Journal • Paying tribute to an old PJ newspaper man, Sterling Knutson He served his family, his church, his community and country with loyal devotion. Sterling E. Knutson, 84, was that individual who died Sept. 24, 1998 at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. Publisher and owner of the Wadena Pioneer Journal from 1955-1974, he succeeded his uncle, Harold Knutson, a US Congressman and publisher-owner of the PJ.
15 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 25, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Youth recovers from West Nile Kyle Davis wants to know what happened to the mosquito that bit him. "I wonder if I killed that mosquito that bit me," he said. He'll probably never find the mosquito that infected him with West Nile Virus, and he doesn't know when it bit him. About three weeks after he became ill, Davis, the son of Terry and Kathie Davis of Wadena, is back in class at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. It's been a tough couple of weeks for the 19-year-old.
20 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 24, 1998 Pioneer Journal • Endres decides to follow the call When Scott Endres went to college, he wanted to teach. By the time he left school, he found he had an important lesson to learn: to follow God's plan. Now he's in town finding ways to make that plan possible. Endres wants to go into the ministry full time with the Campus Crusade for Christ's Student Ventures program.
15 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 4, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Craftsman leaves mark on Wadena's Jefferson Street Kent Scheer might think of Wadena as a big outdoor gallery. As stamps are pressed into sidewalks and lightposts spring up Jefferson Street, Scheer watches his art at work. He created the art deco design that is stamped into the sidewalk and hangs from the streetlight arms.
Discussion was tense at the Wadena County Board meeting Sept. 11 during discussion of the IT department.
15 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 4, 2003 Pioneer Journal • WDC enrollment beats projections On Tuesday, 1,319 students went to school at Wadena-Deer Creek, about 24 more than what has been projected to begin this fall. In May, 1,323 students were enrolled, but the district projected that enrollment would be 1,295 now.
10 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 28, 2008 Pioneer Journal • Fire sparks romance: victims engaged A fire Tuesday afternoon ignited both a back porch blaze and the next stage in the romance of a Wadena couple. Jeniann Morlock and William Mondry, both 19, escaped an apartment fire above Borealis bookstore in downtown Wadena and got engaged within a matter of minutes.
55 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 22, 1963 Pioneer Journal • 13 cars derailed in train wreck About 9 a.m. last Wednesday, a train wreck, which derailed 13 cars of the Soo Line Railroad, took place where the township road intersects with the track about a mile west of the Highway 78 bridge over the outlet of Rush Lake. The train, No. 201-A-East, had 70 cars in total, with the back section being the area of derailment, which left the caboose and last two cars on the track.
Things got a little heated at the Wadena County Board meeting Tuesday morning, Aug. 21. Commissioners heard from Shawn Larsen from Morris Electronics, on his report and recommendations on if, and how, to restructure an open position in the IT Department.