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A fundraiser for the Wadena Chamber of Commerce brought the living and the "dead" to Black's Grove Park Saturday to romp around in the woods. While funding was the reason behind the first annual Zombie Run, it inspired those with an artistic temperament as well as the thrill-seekers and exercise lovers.
The Chemical Health Awareness Multi-Drug Prevention (CHAMP) Coalition of Wadena County has been awarded a $125,000 Drug Free Communities continuation grant. The grant will go toward preventing youth substance use. "Our goal is to make Wadena County a safe and drug-free place for our youth," Community Health Promotion Specialist Laure Laughlin said. According to Richard Baum, acting direction of the National Drug Control Policy, more than 60,000 people per year are lost to drug overdose.
You are looking for a new place to live and the signs are all pointing to Wadena County. But wait a minute, what has Wadena County got to offer? You might have a job lined up for yourself, but unless your wife can find gainful employment the whole idea might not be feasible. Perhaps you are a family with toddlers? Who can take care of them for you when you are at work? How about having a roof over your head - that is mighty nice when the snow flies - but what can you find for shelter?
Wadena County Auditor/Treasurer Judy Taves said last Thursday she has every intention of returning to her job at the Wadena County courthouse - when she allowed to do so. "It depends on when the board lifts those sanctions," Taves said. "Right now I am locked out of my office." Wadena County Attorney Kyra Ladd said Taves can return to the courthouse anytime she wants. "There is nothing from the county's perspective that is preventing her from being here," Ladd said.
A superior effort carried the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a convincing 37-19 win over rival Staples-Motley Friday and pinned up their first victory of the 2017 season. Coming off a tough 40-0 loss to a powerful Pillager squad the Wolverines put together their best game of the season before a partisan crowd in their final regular season home game of the year.
The Wadena-Deer Creek Concert Band has been chosen to perform at the 2018 Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter (MMEA) Clinic. WDC's Feb. 22 scheduled performance is slated for 1 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The WDC Concert Band was also selected to perform at the MMEA Clinic in 2013. The honor, while not unheard of, according to Band Director Lisa Weninger, is quite rare.
With winter closing in, the Up North Knitters Club is shipping out a record 658 stocking caps for those in need. The members of the group know no season when it comes to their knitting and crocheting. A large pile of caps in all colors and sizes adorned a large table at Lolita Myers' Tae Kwon Do Studio last Wednesday, as the combined efforts of 16 club members joined ranks.
Mike Olson has a way of spreading fear when the month of October comes around. Along with other members of the Wadena County Fair Board and a large group of volunteers, Olson has built yet another version of the Fear Factory on the fairgrounds in Wadena. Stretched out between two livestock buildings the Fear Factory is designed to put the creeps into as many paying customers as it can. The Fear Factory has been rated one of Minnesota’s top haunted venues.
If Ralph Waldo Emerson would have been able to visit Larry and Ruth Richter's place his famous poem "The Rhodora" might have gone "If eyes were made for seeing then pumpkins are their own excuse for being." The pumpkin-rich Richters started out 32 years ago with the bright orange fruit when their four-year-old wanted to plant some pumpkins at their farm on the southwest border of Wadena.
Two female drivers sustained non-life threatening injuries Sunday when their vehicles collided at the junction of State Highway 10 and State Highway 75. Jenna Marie Petersen, 24, of Sioux Falls, S.D. was southbound on Highway 75 in a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. After stopping at a stop sign she proceeded to cross Highway 10 and was struck by an eastbound 2014 Kia Sedona driven by Donna Lee Wiirre, 71 of Iron, Minn. The accident took place at 2:18 p.m. Wiirre's airbag was deployed. Petersen's airbag was not deployed.