20 years ago Excerpts from the July 9, 1998 Pioneer Journal • A maze of Titanic proportions Bill Hess was busy hoeing out rows of corn in his quest to create a corn maze in the shape of none other than the Titanic ship. At about 600-feet long, Hess' ship is about two-thirds the length of the real ship, but deeper than the real one. The maze is a way to raise funds for the Verndale Dollars for Scholars and is set to open for adventurers July 18.
20 years ago Excerpts from the July 2, 1998 Pioneer Journal • City crime up 49 percent in '97 Working for the Wadena City police force doesn't usually have the drama depicted on the once popular "Hill Street Blues" television show. Usually a note posted on a bulletin board is enough to inform officers about trouble spots or specific problems. But Chief Lane Waldahl acknowledges there are some tough times when he warns his officers "to be careful out there." He may have said it more often last year.
20 years ago Excerpts from the June 26, 1998 Pioneer Journal • 2003 Miss Wadena named Abigail Harrison knew the competition would be close, but she left the Memorial Auditorium with a crown and the title of Miss Wadena 2003. On Sunday night, six contestants took the stage to compete for the title of Miss Wadena and the scholarship awards that came with it. The theme was 'An Evening of Entertainment." Tegan Peterson was named Miss Wadena's first princess and Amanda Wegscheid was named second princess.
15 years ago Excerpts from the June 19, 2003 Pioneer Journal • New officer joins city police force Tim Stroeing always wanted to be a police officer. Stroeing started at the Wadena Police Department on June 9. He moved to Wadena from Park River, N.D., where he worked as a Walsh County deputy in Grafton, N.D.
15 years ago Excerpts from the June 12, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Temporary service to supply water Temporary services will supply houses and businesses with water starting this week as construction continues on Highway 71.
25 years ago Excerpts from the May 27, 1993 Pioneer Journal • Trustee turned escapee again detainee An escaped Wadena County inmate was captured Monday at a Pine River motel by Wadena County deputies and other law enforcement personnel. Michael Arthur Glinnon, 42, and his girlfriend Sue Ann Wiirre, 40, both of Park Rapids, face charges in connection with the escape, which carry maximum five year, $10,000 penalties.
15 years ago Excerpts from the May 22, 2003 Pioneer Journal • Taser part of sheriff's department tools A shocking new method to subdue criminals can now be used by the Wadena County Sheriff's Department. In mid-January the sheriff's department bought a taser that shoots an electrical current to disable an aggressive person. It works by disrupting a person's nerves and muscles at the same time with electrical current.
25 years ago Excerpts from the May 20, 1993 Pioneer Journal • Firefighters battle barn blaze No one was injured in an evening fire Tuesday, May 20, that gutted one barn in north Leaf River Township. No livestock were injured at the Ervin and Rita Price farm in the dairy barn blaze reported shortly before 7 p.m. One section was destroyed in the fire, but a connected lean-to and larger barn were saved, according to Wadena Fire Chief Thomas Reger.
20 years ago Excerpts from the May 14, 1998 Pioneer Journal • Multiple fights plague weekend Huntersville trail rides event The Huntersville Trail Ride, held in Huntersville this past weekend, was the scene for multiple assaults Saturday, May 9. An 18-year-old Menahga male has been arrested in connection to pushing a 16-year-old female down an embankment. The fall caused her to lose consciousness.
20 years ago Excerpts from the May 7, 1998 Pioneer Journal • Timberwolf killer sought A two-year-old female Timberwolf was found dead in a field about three miles east of Deer Creek about three weeks ago. Conservation Officer Tom Campbell of the Henning area is seeking the public's help in finding the animal's killer. Timberwolves are considered a threatened species under federal jurisdiction and killing one carries a high penalty.