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If duck numbers are rising then why are duck hunter numbers falling? A recent newspaper article bragged that one flock of ducks, estimated at nearly one million, parked itself on a refuge in Aitkin County in late October. It also describes a dismal turnout by the duck hunting fraternity in 2017. Just over 83,000 duck stamps were sold - the lowest total on record.
When challenger George Deiss unseated four-term incumbent Wayne Wolden for the post of mayor four years ago, many felt it was a sign Wadena voters favored some changes. It was a strange sentiment from a community that had seen a whirlwind of changes in the previous four years, changes precipitated by an F4 tornado. As Deiss begins the final year of his term as mayor, he feels the changes coming up will be important for the strategically-placed Minnesota community he calls home.
Commissioner Sheldon Monson opened 2018 with a new title as the Wadena County Board met for the first time this year. Monson stepped into the chairman's position, a job which has been shouldered over the past 12 months by Commissioner Dave Hillukka. Monson has served as vice chairman. County commissioners are appointed to the chair for a one-year period. Monson is the commissioner from District 1. Recycling closer to home
Christmas may be a magical time of the year for kids of all ages but there is something extra special for the ones who are returning home from college. The old saying that "you don't really miss something until you lose it" speaks for a lot of returning college students. Four who spoke with the Pioneer Journal this Christmas are Brianna Taggart, Tyler Wheeler, Heather Weller and McKayla Woods. Brianna Taggart The 2016 Wadena-Deer Creek graduate is attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she is majoring in Journalism.
A pair of animal-related Pioneer Journal stories generated buzz in 2017, including one of a man wrestling a deer to the floor in Walmart and a big push by dog lovers everywhere to help a Wadena woman keep her three basset hounds in her home despite a city ordinance that doesn't allow it. In May, a young whitetail deer entered Walmart in Wadena through the Garden Center. The deer triggered a motion detector that opened two sliding doors. Store manager John Wakeman, who was not working at the time, says he received "800 calls, I think."
Aaron Beck, a Minnesota State University-Moorhead student and member of Wadena-Deer Creek's Class of 2014, received a vote of approval on Dec. 12 for a filming project he wants to carry out in downtown Wadena next March. Beck is making a movie called "Gun-Chuck Danger" for his senior thesis in Film Production.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners approved a quote at Tuesday's meeting from JR Construction to build a pavilion at Old Wadena Park on the Crow Wing River. Planning and Zoning Director Deana Malone recommended the Verndale firm's quote of $31,371 and told the board the project would be financed by the Park Reserve Fund. Malone told the board the pavilion is expected to be up by July 30. The board also approved a recommendation by Deputy Bryan Savaloja that part-time jailer/dispatcher Kevin Valley be moved to full-time status effective Jan. 1 at Grade 51, Step 1.
Lisa Meader gunned in four treys in the first half Tuesday as the Perham Yellowjackets built a 31-9 lead en route to a 61-37 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek.
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.