Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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Michelle and Mike Goldie are fed up with what they say is constant barking from a neighbor's three dogs in southwest Wadena. The couple attended Tuesday's Wadena City Council meeting to express their frustration over a neighbor that has dogs that bark non-stop throughout the day and night. "We can't enjoy time in our own backyard," Michelle said. "It is so old and we don't know what to do."
Construction on a new assisted living facility in northwest Wadena is well underway. The Meadows of Wadena will include units for seniors, according to documents submitted to the city of Wadena. Officials from the city of Wadena, Housing Alternatives Development Company and community members were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, March 15 at the construction site between First and Second Street north of Hemlock Avenue. Construction crews have been busy since the foundation was poured in early 2017.
Volunteers keep the Wadena Food Shelf running smoothly in order to help clients in need of food to fill the gap each month. "It's very rewarding," said volunteer Judy Condiff. "So many of our clients are very grateful." Condiff was among a group of four women who worked a three-hour shift last Thursday where they helped clients pick out food.
The Wadena City Council has approved an agreement with SEH Inc. for engineering services for preliminary design of a new electric and water department facility east of Sunnybrook Park. The city's current electric and water building is located on the corner of Highways 10 and 71. With plans for Highway 10 reconstruction in 2019, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has said that building will need to be torn down to make room for the new highway, which will be widened.
Customers and employees of Minnesota Valley Irrigation were invited to a 25th anniversary celebration featuring vendors showcasing the latest products in the industry along with food and speakers. The event was at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center in Wadena and had customers and vendors from across the region.
United Way is expanding its service area. Effective March 1, 2017, the local nonprofit organization will serve Otter Tail and Wadena Counties.
Wadena-Deer Creek School students are learning lifelong skills in an independent study offered by greenhouse manager Kathy Connell. Becoming self-sufficient and producing organic, local foods is becoming popular and kids are bringing the knowledge they gain at school home with them to share with their families, Connell said.
Wadena-Deer Creek band and choir students will place a special wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery later this month. The wreath was presented by the Wadena VFW to the music program last week by Ladies Auxiliary member Shirley Anderson and Post 3922 Commander Michael Tast. Anderson made the wreath as well. Tast said this is just one of many ways the VFW and school work together throughout the year. "We want to stay in contact with the community and kids especially," he said. "We hope the students can get something out of this experience."
A Wadena man has been indicted on nine felony charges, including murder in the first degree, in connection with wife's death Nov. 7, 2016. Antonio St. Marie allegedly shot his estranged wife, Margaret St. Marie, in her home on Bryant Ave. SE in Wadena, after holding her at gunpoint, according to the complaint. Margaret St. Marie's brother, James Flath, Jr., and a young child were also held at gunpoint but were able to escape.
The Maslowski Research and Wellness Center has lost a fitness instructor and heard concerns from members about paying additional fees for fitness classes, prompting the city to evaluate its current rate structure for members. Eric Robb, Maslowski director, said currently memberships include use of the facility's exercise equipment, pool and other activity space but not classes.