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Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Margaret Chutich is scheduled to visit Wadena Thursday, April 5 to present retiring District Seven Judge Sally Ireland Robertson with a certificate for public service. A party for Robertson will be held at the Wadena County Courthouse 3 to 4:30 p.m. Robertson is one of four area judges retiring. As of Thursday, there were six finalists for the four judicial appointments. Robertson has lived in the Wadena community for 37 years and has spent 22 years on the bench.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission to allow a multi-use shooting complex in Shell River Township. With well over 100 people of all ages packing the small courtroom and upper hallway at the county courthouse, both in support and opposition to the shooting range, the board voted 5-0 to support the commission. The land in the at the Huntersville Sportsmen's Park was donated to the Park Rapids Clay Dusters shooting team by R.D. Offutt Inc.
Ryan Odden was a unanimous choice Tuesday for a part-time position as Wadena County Coordinator by the Board of Commissioners. The five-man board nailed down their last big plank in providing the county's department heads with a go-to person by making their decision after interviewing two candidates.
Many appreciate the gift of friendship but none more than Rylee Oehrlein. The 14-year-old Wadena boy has established an unshakable bond with a 2-year-old white labrador/golden retriever cross named Oliver. Oliver is a very special dog. He is trained as a Diabetic Alert Dog. Oliver's job is to alert Rylee in advance when his blood sugar is going up or down. He does this by using his acute sense of smell. "They can scent your blood sugar going high or low from anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour before you can and before your meter will read it," Rylee said.
The Wadena City Council made plans at the end of their March 13 session to hold a closed meeting on the question of purchasing a parking lot in downtown Wadena. The decision to set up a 5 p.m. closed meeting April 3 in the council chambers came after several downtown businesses asked for help in protecting the parking lot north of the former Super One building for use by their customers. The city presently owns the parking lot on the west side of the former Super One building. The parking lot runs along Aldrich Ave between Jefferson Street and First Street SW.
How far will your dreams take you? Ask Rachal Cross in a few months and she might be able to provide more than just an opinion. The 17-year-old Sebeka student will be leaving Wadena County behind this summer with only one familiar friend—her clarinet. She will be joining the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music for a seven-country tour of Europe in July. After Sebeka Band Director Dave Kerkvliet brought up the European trip in 2018 to his band members and nominated Cross, she went about raising the capital to help in paying for the trip.
Approximately 100 Wadena-Deer Creek students took part in the National Walkout Day Wednesday morning. The event was held one month after the Feb. 14 tragedy occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen students and faculty members were killed that day by a 19-year-old gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle. The WDC students gathered in front of the main entrance to their Minnesota school in sunny but chilly weather. Jordin VanOurkerk, a WDC fifth grader, called the national event "amazing."
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.