20 years ago Excerpts from the June 26, 1997 Pioneer Journal • New Tapley shelter adds to Wadena's park reputation Add one more item to the list of good things about Wadena. The city of parks has one more shelter to add to its roster. The Bagdon and Tapley family officially "broke in" the sandstone and green steel building Sunday with a family reunion.
Fourth of July means fireworks, good food and fun! If you are hosting a party this year, why not try something new besides the usual burgers and hotdogs? This recipe for Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs is so delicious, tender, and juicy the chicken will melt in your mouth. Enjoy! Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs Makes six servings • 1/2 c. olive oil • 1/2 c. ranch dressing • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary • 2 tsp. salt • 1 tsp. lemon juice • 1 tsp. white vinegar
The cowboys drew a large crowd Friday night. Central Minnesota Bulls-N-Barrels returned to the fair for the fourth year, entertaining capacity crowds with bucking bulls, barrel races, a rodeo clown and a kids race. A total of 22 bull riders competed in the event. Six returned for the short round. There were 16 barrel racers in the performance round and 17 barrel racers in slack. Bubba Greig, a 16-year-old from Estherville, Iowa, won the grand prize and was the only rider to stay on his bull for 8.2 seconds. Greig is the Iowa high school rodeo champ.
One of the best things about summer is all the fairs and festivals that happen. I love going to the county fair. There is always a lot of fun, new things to do and new foods to taste. One of my favorite treats is caramel apples. This recipe for caramel apples adds a twist with crispy bacon. Bacon and caramel is a delicious combination, as is bacon and apples — so why not douse chewy candy apples with chunks of crisp, salty bacon? It doesn't get much better than this — the perfect balance of crisp, chewy, crunchy, salty and sweet. Enjoy!
10 years ago Excerpts from the June 21, 2007 Pioneer Journal • Enget will retire in 2008 Wadena-Deer Creek School Superintendent Jerome Enget announced Monday he will retire at the end of the school year in 2008. Enget, who is about to enter his seventh year with the WDC district in 2007-08, said he's seen a lot of changes in school administration, particularly in the arena of finance. But overall, he said, he'll have a lot of fond memories to take into his retirement. "I've truly enjoyed it," he said Monday.
There were a lot of tears Saturday night. Gabrielle Ross, a 2017 WDC graduate, cried happy tears when she was crowned miss Wadena 2017 at the Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant, held at the Memorial Auditorium June 17. Ross, the daughter of Kevin and Sarah Ross, also won the talent contest for her piano performance and the Interview Award. Those awards come with $150 cash scholarship each.
The Wadena Area Knitters has an ambitious knitting goal for African children. The group, comprised of women and girls young and old, is looking to knit 400 comfort dolls to donate to orphanages in Kenya. So far, over 100 dolls have been knitted. Some of the dolls have been donated to area hospitals for cancer patients. In addition to the dolls, the group has made 'knitted knockers' for breast cancer patients, necklaces and chemo hats.
20 years ago Excerpts from the June 19, 1997 Pioneer Journal • Goodbye Hardee's - Burger King taking over Three months after rumors started buzzing, it's official: Hardee's is gone. Westwind, a group based in California, which owns many Burger King restaurants, purchased the business located on North Highway 71 in Wadena.
Summer - warm weather, fun gatherings and the chance to enjoy some great fruity drinks! This recipe for Watermelon Margaritas is so refreshing on hot days. One sip will have you begging for more. Enjoy! Watermelon Margaritas Makes four servings • 1/2 c. white sugar • 1/2 c. water • 3 strips orange zest • 2 c. cubed seeded watermelon • 3/4 c. white tequila • 1/4 c. lime juice • salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional) • 1 lime, cut into wedges • 2 c. crushed ice, or as needed
They may have appeared bad to the bone, but a massive group of bikers in New York Mills were really more good to the core, as the 16th Annual Ronald McDonald House Ride took place last Saturday. This proved to be quite the biker gang, too, as 714 registered bikers were revving their engines and taking to the road for the event. The ride began in New York Mills and went approximately 106 miles before ending at the New York Mills VFW, where dinner was served.