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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.
The Wadena County Board found themselves between a rock and hard place Tuesday morning after Auditor-Treasurer Judy Taves requested a pay raise, which would be the equivalent of two steps, for one of her staff members. Taves told the commissioners she had the money available in her budget, it would not be a burden to county taxpayers and if the request was approved she did not see the need to request additional staff in 2018.
The rocking violence of a summer storm may be a wakeup call from Mother Nature for some, but for Wadena's Dave Evans and his staff, it's also a call to action. "It's time to get to work," Evans said. The head of Wadena's Electric Department assigned three of his men to help the City of Detroit Lakes handle damage created by last Tuesday's violent storm.
The future pulled into the equipment yard June 11 at Todd-Wadena Electric. It was big, yellow and blue. Great River Energy and Schmitty and Sons Bus Service brought an electric bus to Wadena for the public to see and catch a ride inside. Bill Forbord, chief operating officer of Schmitty and Sons, a Lakeville, Minn. bus company, demonstrated the eLion bus, which is actually destined for a buyer in California. "This is the best bus I've ever driven," Forbord said. "It's not just a school bus that happens to be electric - it's a bus of the future."
One of the most terrible wars in history was behind them and blue skies were ahead when the Class of 1947 graduated. Jackie Robinson would break the color barrier in baseball that year, Chuck Yeager would break the sound barrier with the Bell X1 and the era known as the Baby Boom was beginning to explode. It was a much simpler time. There was no Internet, no smartphones. Text was something you saw in books. No one watched television, but that did not matter because it cost less than 20 cents to see a movie at the Cozy Theater.
The Verndale School Board approved three hirings and accepted two resignations Monday evening in a special meeting. Mike Hess was hired as the district's IT Network Support manager. Olivia Wermers came aboard as an elementary teacher and Kristin Johnson was approved as a long-term substitute teacher. Resigning their positions were kindergarten teacher Jessica Miller and long-term substitute teacher Paige Johnson.
Jamie Blood of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for local volunteers to help with the 2017 MS Tram, which cycles into Wadena July 20. The Development and Logistics Manager is pointing those interested in volunteering at Volunteer Manager Lissa Martinez (612) 335-7984 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mechelle Howieson slipped on her headset and took her exercise group into the evening's workout with the confidence of a born leader. The owner of Everyday Fitness in Wadena was in the familiar confines of her basement studio on a July evening. A small but dedicated group of exercise lovers joined her, and the room soon resembled a machine with a lot of moving parts. Howieson has been a personal trainer since 2011. She moved to her Jefferson Square digs after a stint at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center.