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Valentine’s Day stories warm the heart

February 8, 2013 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

In a number of the columns I’ve written for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, I feel as though I’ve mentioned my appreciation for a good story especially one involving how two people met. Continue Reading

WDC Wolverine wins first place at state convention

February 1, 2013 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

Our town’s ability to overcome disaster was recognized during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s (MNA) annual convention in Bloomington last week. Continue Reading

President Obama can cut loose, too

January 25, 2013 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

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‘Idol’ kicks off with mix of laughter, inspiration

January 18, 2013 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

As “American Idol” kicked off its 12th season Wednesday night, I kicked back on the couch, not really expecting to see anything too extraordinary from the show, which I’ve followed off and on since it was first aired in 2002. Continue Reading

Consider fear during gun discussions

January 4, 2013 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

In the weeks following the Newtown, Conn., shootings, there has been a lot of talk about firearms more specifically, what purposes they serve in society. Continue Reading

New Year’s resolutions are possible for all

December 28, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

As New Year’s gets closer, many people are asking the same question: “What should my New Year’s resolution be?” Continue Reading

A Christmas wish for Newtown

December 21, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

If you ask me, the phrase “forgive and forget” is harder to utter these days. For many of us, it seems as though our world has taken a dark turn, and it’s not easy to keep our chins up. Continue Reading

A Christmas wish for Newtown

December 21, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

If you ask me, the phrase “forgive and forget” is harder to utter these days. For many of us, it seems as though our world has taken a dark turn, and it’s not easy to keep our chins up. Continue Reading

Strong support shown at Empty Stocking talent program

November 30, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

I’ve been in Wadena for seven months now, but I delight in the fact that I’m still learning about the traditions of our tight-knit community. Wednesday night’s 86th Empty Stocking Talent Show is a prime example.
The Empty Stocking program was among the first subjects presented to me when I arrived at the Pioneer Journal. I even remember being shown the special room in our office that is used for storing supplies for the yearly program. Continue Reading

An ‘unexpected’ journey; Family Life congregation walks by faith after church fire

November 23, 2012 in Wadena Pioneer Journal

All was quiet around Verndale’s Family Life Church building Tuesday. The only movement in the area came from an American flag perched near the building’s front door. It swayed slowly in the calm afternoon breeze. Continue Reading