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Dave Ludovissie is taking the same approach to the Veterans Park in Wadena that Thomas Jefferson once took toward his famous home "Monticello." "It's a work in progress," said Ludovissie, a member of the Veterans Park Committee. The committee of private citizens is planning to go after more funds Sept. 22 with a fundraiser at the Elks Lodge in Wadena. A 5 p.m. social hour is planned with a dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The admission fee is $20 per person. The event will include door prizes, a silent auction, prizes and games.
The Wadena County Ag Society has shifted gears and is moving ahead with an expanded Enduro car racing schedule. After entertaining an offer to turn the County Fairgrounds track into a four-cylinder race track the fairgrounds board opted at its August meeting to give Enduro racing another shot.
The Wadena Police Department is looking into multiple reports of counterfeit currency being passed in Wadena Aug. 25. Two African-American males, one having a tattoo on both arms, are suspects in the crime. Both are believed to be from outside the area. Wadena Police Sergeant Brandon Pearson and two other officers are handling the investigation.
Carl Trager and Phil Skolte have many good years behind them as members of the England Prairie Pioneer Club. Trager is a past president, Skolte is a past king. For the two old friends and the rest of the EPPC, the past is what it is all about. As they sat on orange chairs Friday afternoon along the parade avenue, other club members were setting up for the 38th annual England Prairie Day show. The two men were in a beehive of activity. Club members passed to and fro, occasionally asking questions and sometimes just visiting. "They are good people," Skolte said.
There could some changes coming for Wadena County employees this fall as a third party takes a look at the current wage and job classification structure. The board selected the firm of DDA Human Resources of Wayzata to carry out a wage and classification study. The project should begin in late September or early October and run for 16 weeks. DDA has a reputation for being very professional and reliable.
William Kern, 88, of Verndale, died Thursday afternoon as a result of head injuries he suffered when the ATV he was operating rolled over in Section 4 of Wing River Township. Kern had been riding his ATV east on 220th Street near the intersection of 191st Avenue. Kern was thrown from the ATV and suffered severe head injuries. Medical personnel arrived on scene and provided medical care but Kern was pronounced dead on scene. The accident is still under investigation.
The Wadena community has a "treat" coming to it—Oma's Bread. In case you are wondering, "Oma" is the German word for "Grandma" and the grandma in this business is Annette Schmedlin of Bertha, a transplant from Germany, just like her daughter, Yvonne Willis. While baked goods will be all around the business is going to be operated as more than that. "It's going to be like a bistro," Yvonne said. "The building is fantastic. The remodel they did, they did a really nice job."
The wounds created earlier this summer over violation of a dog ordinance had more salt rubbed into them Tuesday evening at the August meeting of the Wadena City Council. Making her second appearance at a council meeting in the last two months, Wadena Resident Amber Block offered arguments for revising the kennel ordinance and the number of dogs allowed per household in Wadena. Block read a prepared statement and exchanged in a sometimes emotional debate over the facts with Wadena Mayor George Deiss and other members of the council.
County Engineer Ryan Odden provided the Wadena County Commissioners with two construction project updates and sparked a discussion on cell phone policy Tuesday at the board's first August meeting. Odden pointed out the need to remove old office equipment from the Wensmann Building as part of a remodeling project aimed at creating a Drop-In Center for Human Services. The equipment is currently in the portion of the building the Drop-In Center will occupy.