Spring semester classes started Monday at M State Wadena. Nearly 800 students are enrolled in a range of programs, including construction electrician, nursing, cosmetology and electrical lineworker. Many start their college career at M State, then transfer to four-year universities. Senior Dean Monty Johnson sat down with the Pioneer Journal to discuss what makes the college special and what to expect at M State in 2014.
Rep. Rick Nolan smells something fishy in an obscure provision of the farm bill. The wide-ranging legislation, which authorizes food stamps, provides crop insurance for farmers and sets agriculture policy, includes a US Department of Agriculture catfish inspection program that Wadena's congressman, a House Agriculture Committee member, said is a "shameful, duplicative waste of taxpayer dollars."