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A dream is coming true: Crews break ground on $6 million Freshwater Education building in Wadena

Crews from Anderson Brothers Construction were on scene Monday busily leveling the ground for the construction of a new Freshwater Education District building set on the southern edge of the Wadena Industrial Park. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal.1 / 6
Wadena Mayor George Deiss (left) and Wadena Development Authority director Dean Uselman speak on the importance of having the Freshwater Education District headquarterd in Wadena at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday on near the Wadena Industrial Park. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal.2 / 6
Jerry Nesland, executive director of the Freshwater Education District, speaks Monday about the work it took to get to this point of groundbreaking for the new facility. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal.3 / 6
An artist rendering of the Freshwater Education District's new facility shows a space for administrative staff and student teaching. Image courtesy of Nor-Son and BHH Partners.4 / 6
Freshwater Education staff took a moment to toss a ceremonial scoop of dirt at the groundbreaking Monday for the new building in Wadena. Staff include Michelle Motschenbacher (from left), Jena Osberg, Sharon Thiel, Jerry Nesland, Lori Murdock, Scott Veronen and Dave Fjeldheim. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal.5 / 6
Jena Osberg, Freshwater Education District Level IV site facilitator. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal.6 / 6
A new Freshwater Education District (FED) building is going up on the edge of Wadena, designed to serve more students in ways staff couldn’t serve them before. The official groundbreaking ...
Michael Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Verndale Public School. He earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Print Journalism. He's reported for The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; and The Leader-News in Washburn, N.D. and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a reporter for the Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus since Nov. 2017.

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Mysterious death follows bear encounter in central Minnesota

VanBeek's wife Kay confirmed that there was an encounter with a bear, but preferred at this time not to give many more details, saying that the county was releasing information on the incident. In mourning the loss of her husband, she did not want to expand much except to say there were no cubs and he was not mauled. Photo Illustration
PINE RIVER, Minn. -- Rumors spread following an incident that led to the death of Edward VanBeek of Pine River on Monday, July 9, but official details may do little ...
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Krause uses fight with cancer to push toward NFL dream

Former Bemidji State offensive lineman Jake Krause (63) is chasing his pro football dreams. Photo courtesy Bemidji State Athletics
Former Bemidji State and Wadena-Deer Creek football standout Jake Krause always liked watching former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward when he was growing up. Krause's dad was the reason ...
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Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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Fergus Falls runaway found in Underwood

A 16-year-old girl that reportedly ran away from home on June 19 was found Thursday, June 28 in a rural Underwood residence, according to a release from the Otter Tail ...
Michael Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Verndale Public School. He earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Mass Communications. He's reported for The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; and The Leader-News in Washburn, N.D. and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a freelance writer, reporter and now community editor for the Wadena Pioneer Journal.

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Highway 106 detour near New York Mills and Deer Creek begins July 5

Motorists on Highway 106 near New York Mills and Deer Creek will encounter a detour between Deer Creek and Highway 10 beginning Thursday, July 5, as a 7-mile construction project ...
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Miron crowned Miss Wadena 2018

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Contestant Emma Taggart won the casual wear competition. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.2 / 3
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A new queen began her reign Sunday night. Ellie Miron was crowned Miss Wadena 2018 at the Miss Wadena pageant, held at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School this year due to ...
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Pro-Wadena passion comes out over waiver for brewery

The Wadena City Council heard from local investors of Drastic Measures Brewing at a recent city council meeting that they desire more flexibility from the city, creating a more welcoming ...
Michael Johnson

Johnson is a graduate of Verndale Public School. He earned his associate's degree from Central Lakes College with an emphasis in English and natural resources. He earned his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he graduated cum laude in 2008. While there, he double-majored in English and Print Journalism. He's reported for The Advocate, student newspaper of MSUM; The Barnesville Record Review in Barnesville, Minn.; Clay County Historical Society in Moorhead, Minn.; Gillette News Record in Gillette Wyo.; Underwood News in Underwood, N.D.; and The Leader-News in Washburn, N.D. and the Brainerd Dispatch in Brainerd, Minn. Johnson has worked as a reporter for the Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus since Nov. 2017.

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Malone reaches podium in first state trip

Wadena-Deer Creek's Mikaela Malone drives forward during the Class A Track and Field Championships at Hamline University. Malone finished eighth overall and reached the podium in her first state appearance. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal
The goal for Wadena-Deer Creek’s Mikaela Malone was to advance to the finals in the 100 meter dash at the Class A Championships. The ninth grade sprinter took care of ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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Twice as nice for Wadena-DC relay teams

Jonathan Pantages, Bereket Loer, Chase Domier and Hunter Hawkins pose with their medals from their second Class A Championship win after the 1600m relay. The four runners won the 800m relay as well during the Championships at Hamline. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal
One was good, but two was better for Jonathan Pantages, Chase Domier, Bereket Loer and Hunter Hawkins when the Wadena-Deer Creek relay teams brought home not one, but two Class ...
Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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