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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.
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.
Jode Freyholtz-London and her Wellness in the Woods organization recently came into a windfall that should propel them into a new reality. The $100,000 planning grant from the state of Minnesota will enable the four-year-old group to move toward the acquisition of a peer respite in Wadena. Freyholtz-London, her board of directors and her membership all have one thing in common - they can all identify with mental health problems. Freyholtz-London feels this gives them an edge in understanding the concerns of those seeking help.
Wadena welcomed around 500 summer visitors last Thursday as the annual MS Tram came rolling into Sunnybrook Park once again. Taking refuge under the sheltering oaks after a ride from Long Prairie, the bicycle nomads set up tents in their green oasis for another night of camping before heading westward into Otter Tail County.
The resignation of Curt Bryniarski of the Wadena County Auditor-Treasurer's office was accepted Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners. After being offered a job by the Todd-Wadena Community Corrections office, Bryniarski requested a pay raise from Auditor-Treasurer Judy Taves. The request was brought to the board's attention at their July 11 meeting and Commissioner Bill Stearns proposed a review, with an eye at regrading the position held by Bryniarski, be expedited. While the motion alarmed several department heads present at the meeting, it was passed by a 3-2 vote.
David and Sharon Mertens were strolling around their property one day a few years back when Dave's mother, Marion, spotted them from her house and had to make an ironic observation. "My mother called it 'surveying our kingdom,'" Dave laughed. The owners of the Wadena Garden Club's "Yard of the Month" live in the southwest corner of Wadena that takes a nip out of Otter Tail County.
The Wadena City Council took another step in the road to a new Electric Office and Shop June 11 by approving a plan review, authorizing bids and even choosing a color scheme for the building's exterior - two shades of gray. The board heard Wadena's Local Government Aid (LGA) share for 2018 will increase by $58,000 to $1,620,065. The projected increase in LGA funding in 2019 will be $1,621,000.