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Holiday excitement and uniforms could be found in many different aisles last Thursday as the annual "Shop with a Hero" event was held at the Walmart Supercenter in Wadena.
The Wadena County Board approved a final levy resolution for an amount of $8,813,963 at its Tuesday meeting in the Wadena County Courthouse. The figure represents a 2.5 percent increase over the 2017 levy of $8,599,165. The difference in the two levy amounts is $214,798. The two hour, 45-minute meeting covered 10 consent agenda items and 27 items of the regular agenda, prompting Board Chairman Dave Hillukka to exclaim "this is probably the longest board agenda I have ever seen." The board fielded a large number of end-of-the-year matters which required action.
Fergus Falls Wildlife Manager Don Schultz grew up on a lake in Otter Tail County where his family had a resort, so he knows all about fishing - both summer and winter. Schultz handed out some common sense on the first day of December last week that many will heed. "A fish is not worth your life," Schultz said.
The past several months have been difficult ones for Wadena County Auditor/Treasurer Judy Taves.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners Tuesday accepted three recommendations from Labor Attorney Dyan Ebert in regard to grievance allegations made against Auditor-Treasurer Judy Taves Sept. 12 by Teamsters Local 320. The allegations were that Taves had created a hostile working environment. Ebert submitted a report made to her and to fellow attorney Melinda Sanders by an investigator at Tuesday's special midday meeting of the board. The report found Taves had violated the county's labor agreement with the county.
Book Ends, the monthly meet-the-author event in Wadena, will welcome Ashley Shelby as its Dec. 9 guest at The Uptown. Ashley is a novelist and former journalist based in the twin cities. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, South Pole Station, was published in July 2017 and has received praise from the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, USA Today, and Time, among others.
When Wadena County Auditor/Treasurer Judy Taves will be returning to work at the county courthouse is still open to question. Taves was found guilty by an independent investigation last week of violating a labor agreement with Teamsters Local 320. The Wadena County Board of Commissioners agreed to three recommendations by Labor Attorney Dyan Ebert regarding the operation of the department at a Nov. 28 meeting and to write a letter to Taves admonishing her for her conduct.
David Jacob Miller, 17, of Staples died Thursday morning when the 2000 Horse Buggy Landau he was driving was rear-ended by a 2011 Mack 600 semi-truck driven by Douglas William Calkins, 60, Deerwood. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Miller's horse and buggy was westbound on Highway 210 near 211th Avenue in Todd County when the collision occurred at 7:19 a.m. Miller was ejected onto the roadway and transported by air to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities. The horse also suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners approved renewing a contract with the West Central Region Juvenile Center for purchasing bed space at its Nov. 21 meeting. The motion, made by Commissioner Jim Hofer, called for apportioning the annual purchase agreement of $83,500 from the county's budget.
How safe is Wadena County's groundwater? Darren Newville, Anne Oldakowski and their team want people to know. "We're working with the State Department of Agriculture," Oldakowski said. "It's been kind of an ongoing thing since 2011 where we were offering nitrate testing of private wells within certain townships. "