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Mike Anderson got a call last Wednesday afternoon at Fair Oaks Lodge informing him of a train derailment on the nearby Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railway line. The Fair Oaks executive director had been waiting for the dire news and went into action, along with the employees who were on duty. They were carrying out a mock evacuation drill as the sun shone down on the Wadena nursing home and apartment complex.
Jake Huebsch is returning to Wadena County as the new transit director in September with the kind of experience he feels will serve Friendly Rider patrons well. A native of Staples who graduated from Staples-Motley High School with the Class of 2002, Huebsch has a degree in community development and urban studies from St. Cloud State University along with working experience as transportation planner for Region 5 and the City of Mankato.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board took a big step toward a Nov. 7 building bond vote for upgrades of the WDC Elementary building in a special meeting Aug. 3 at Robertson Theatre. By a 5-0 vote, the school board authorized WDC Superintendent Lee Westrum to submit the district's building bond proposal to the Minnesota Department of Education. It is expected the board will have a reply from the MDE before its October meeting. If the MDE approves the plan, a public meeting must be held before voters go to the polls Nov. 7 at the Memorial Auditorium in Wadena.
A caravan of recreational vehicles camped on the Wadena County Fairgrounds last week creating questions in the minds of some Wadena residents. Who were these campers? Why were they staying at the fairgrounds when Sunnybrook Park usually hosts them? More than 100 RV's were registered to spread out over the flat and spacious area bringing with them visitors from many states and even some Canadian provinces. Like a 21st Century band of explorers, they came to Wadena hoping to meet new people while renewing connections with old friends.
The magic of coffee is proven every day. From a small, brown bean ground into a granular texture and then mixed with water, latte, mocha, syrup and perhaps a few other ingredients, can come a smile where before might only have been a grumpy frown. This is what Kyle Hagen and Kara Collom have in mind as they prepare to open the Owly Coffee Company in early August.
Foss Architecture and Interiors Principal Architect Steve Skoblik presented three options for a remodeling of the original courthouse at a special meeting of the Wadena County Board Monday. Upper and lower floor remodeling ideas were presented at a meeting in the courthouse's lower level assembly room with 13 board members and county employees present.
A 16-year-old boy was transported to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls with minor injuries Tuesday morning after the 2005 Chevy Malibu he was driving swerved over the centerline and struck the rear end of a grain hopper being pulled by a 2000 Western Star semi truck. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 8:25 a.m. when the eastbound Chevy sedan struck the rear axle trailer tires of the westbound semi. The collision sent the sedan into the south ditch. The semi pulled over and stopped on the north shoulder of 210.
Wadena-Deer Creek Superintendent Lee Westrum introduced an $11,382,100 bond proposal to fund upgrades to the WDC Elementary School last Thursday at Robertson Theatre. With members of the general public, the school board, school administration and representatives of the Wadena City Council present, Westrum ran down the list of needed upgrades at WDC Elementary.
Ryan Damlo sees a future for the area that is likely to surprise a lot of people as he pursues his new career with Tri-County Health Care. In Damlo's vision of the future, outstate Minnesota is a mecca for metro-area families looking for better lives. The new executive director of the Tri-County Healthcare Foundation brings an energy to the table that TCHC believes will pay off for its patients and the communities it serves.
Wadena Police Chief Naomi Plautz reminds Wadena residents there will be heavy traffic in town Sunday. Aug. 6 with a large volume of WeFest participants traveling through town on Highway 10. The stop lights at Highway 10 and Second Street NW0 (by 10-Star Auto and the BBQ Smokehouse) will be blocked off for north and south bound travelers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.