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The Board of Commissioners learned Tuesday that Assistant County Highway Engineer Jeff Adolphson and Transit Director Jake Huebsch will be leaving their positions with Wadena County in April. Adolphson has been with the county for 11 years. He will be taking a position as Hubbard County's assistant highway engineer. "He's going to be missed," County Highway Engineer Ryan Odden said. "He's been a great colleague." Odden said one of the chief benefits of the new job for Adolphson will be travel time. Adolphson lives north of Park Rapids.
Ryan Odden's request for five new pieces of equipment for the Wadena County Highway Department all received approval Tuesday from the Board of Commissioners. Wadena County's Highway Engineer came to the board asking for a $47,700 Capital 1 pull-type mulcher from Swanston Equipment of Fargo. The mulcher, which Odden described as a "unique" piece of equipment, will be used on county gravel roads to more effectively create a crown. "Basically you're reconditioning the top foot of that roadbed," Odden told the commissioners.
A jury trial is scheduled to begin April 3 in Otter Tail County for Jason Rudolf Vadner of Wheaton. The 35-year-old Wheaton man is charged with criminal vehicular homicide and misdemeanor careless driving in the April 13, 2017 death of 16-year-old Jacob Quam of Vining. Vadner's attorney, Mark Giancola, asked Judge Barbara Hanson Feb. 22 for dismissal of the charges against his client due to a lack of probable cause. Hanson denied the motion.
The life of a fireman is never routine. Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman has been a member of the department for 34 years, and like some combat veterans, there are things he has experienced that he would like to forget. "I've seen some things I would like to unsee," Uselman said. "There are images buried in my head that people shouldn't have to see."
Former Wadena Pioneer Journal columnist Ethelyn Pearson will celebrate her 97th birthday Thursday. The retired writer is a resident of the Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa. Her address is: CTCCC, Room D11, 406 E. Hwy 71, Box 38, Clarissa, MN, 56440.
Wadena-Deer Creek Superintendent Lee Westrum told the Pioneer Journal Wednesday morning that no walkout is scheduled at the middle/high school this morning at 10 a.m. A National Walkout Day is being held at other schools worldwide in remembrance and in protest of the 17 lives lost when a gunman opened fire Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. "There isn't anything planned," Westrum said. "If students want to participate they'll be able to. They have First Amendment rights and we'll respect that."
The driver of a 2016 Freightliner semi-truck was transported by ambulance to the Tri County Health Care emergency room with non-life threatening injuries Friday morning in Wadena after colliding with a 2013 Chrysler Newport Town and Country van.
A member of the Wadena County Sheriff's Office will be retiring in 2018, and while he does not know it yet, he is looking at some very nice compensation.
The First of March saw the last game of the season for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines as they suffered a 60-36 loss to South Sub-Section 8AA's top-seeded Barnesville Trojans. The No. 8 Wolverines worked hard to stay with the Trojans in the first half. A pair of back-to-back treys from Kennedy Gravelle pulled the Wolverines to within a point, 14-13, before the Trojans caught fire and scored 14 straight points on five shots. Emma Nielsen canned four three-pointers in the first half and Claire Meyer added two more as the Trojans took a 29-18 lead into the half.