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It is January and that chocolate fudge your sister-in-law brought on Christmas Day, those bite-size bits of Heaven, are hanging off your waistline like dumbells. Data shows Americans are some of the worst eaters on Earth. Of the world's 196 nations, the United States has been ranked 177th. A study shows 74 percent of the population is considered obese. Shelby Hunke is a dietician at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. She works regular daytime hours but finds herself visiting patients on a daily basis. Her job is to help them eat smart.
Wadena Mayor George Deiss dropped a bombshell at the end Tuesday’s city council meeting by announcing City Administrator Brad Swenson will be retiring April 30. Swenson, who has more than 40 years of service with the city, has been hinting at retirement for several years according to Deiss.
There are two new faces at Second Look Family Salon and Spa. The North Jefferson Street business in Wadena, owned by Michelle Curtis, has added the talents of Roxanne Swisher and Kylee Wright. Swisher is a nail technician who graduated recently from M. State-Wadena and owns a business she calls "Wellness Within." She does manicures, pedicures and energy work. Swisher lives on a hobby farm near Vining with her husband. She considers herself one of life's "caretakers", having worked as a veterinarian technician, an LPN, and an RN.
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.