Jason Miller is publisher of the Perham Focus and Wadena Pioneer Journal. Miller has held various roles for Forum Communications and started working part-time in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's sports department in 1999.
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JCPenney. Herberger's. Target. They started dropping off like flies throughout the lakes area. But when Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes announced earlier this year they'd be going out of business after 112 years, it stopped us in our tracks. This family-owned anchor to DL's vibrant downtown had survived every single shopping trend, not to mention two great wars and the Great Depression. But it couldn't withstand this.
Sometimes letters to the editor spark rather interesting and important conversations throughout Wadena, and I believe it's time we clear up a few misconceptions.
WADENA - A Chevrolet Trailblazer lost control and crashed through the wall of the Ameriprise Financial building in downtown Wadena at around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Michael Craig, a Certified Financial Planner at Ameriprise Financial, was in the back of the office when the crash happened. “I thought a bomb went off,” Craig said. “That’s all I could think when I heard this explosion and all this glass was flying in the back where I was.”
As you flip through this week's newspaper, you'll notice some significant changes. The most obvious one involves a concerted effort by us to focus more on Wadena-Deer Creek high school sports and to cover them in a big way. Sports are important to small communities and are a big part of a town's identity. Wadena is no different. Because of this, you'll see a revamped, larger and more informative Sports section.
Veteran journalist Paula Quam has been named editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Quam, who grew up in Glyndon, Minn., began her journalism education at Minnesota State University Moorhead and continued it through the U.S. Air Force, training to be a TV and Radio reporter/broadcaster at the Defense Information School in Maryland. After four years of doing primarily TV news for the Armed Forces Network for stations in Turkey and Italy, Quam returned to the states to enter the civilian world.
As a first-time baby daddy, an infinite number of things amaze and confuse me about this little person. But nothing leaves me more befuddled than my 13-month-old daughter's love of the Tupperware drawer. A question for the more experienced parents: Is this normal? She loves that drawer so much, it makes me wish I had Tupperware to play with as a kid. I wouldn't have needed toys. My parents could have thrown some lids and sandwich containers at me and I would've been good to go.