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The gears driving the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District began to synchronize last week. It was soil and water strategy the group was talking as they looked ahead to their work in the coming year during a day-long session at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center. "This is something we have been trying to do every year," District Manager Darren Newville said. "It's really trying to figure out what our priorities are going to be."
KnowInk Regional Sales Representative Mike Frericks gave Wadena County election judges, city clerks and the general public insights into the benefits of a new voting system Tuesday at a meeting of the Board of Commissioners. In a meeting held in the downstairs auditorium of the Wadena County Courthouse, the features of the DS200 Precinct Scanner and Tabulator were pointed out along with demonstrations of poll pads which are expected to make registration faster and simpler.
On a sunny but snowy day in April nearly three weeks into what the calendar calls spring, Wadena resident Greg Anderson took a light and bright approach to winter-like weather that has ceased to be amusing. The owner of Wadena's most visited home at 414 Third Street SW - the "Christmas in Wadena" house - decided to chase away the persistent winter weather Minnesotans have endured by creating his own version of spring. "I was just tired of spring being not here," Anderson laughed.
"Justice for all" are the last three words spoken in the pledge of allegiance to the Stars and Stripes. Judge Sally Ireland Robertson spoke those words twice last week at a meeting of the Wadena County Board of Commissioners. The first time in unison with others as the meeting began. The second time to make a point about an injustice in Wadena County and in other Minnesota counties.
The Fergus Falls Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the suspicious death of a child. According to the Fergus Falls Police Department, the child was unconscious and was not breathing when brought to a local hospital at 4:15 a.m. Monday. Attempts by medical personnel to revive the child were not successful. The identity of the victim is being withheld at the present time. The victim was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St. Paul for an autopsy.
Judge Sally Ireland Robertson was surrounded by friends, family, colleagues and admirers Thursday as she said farewell to 22 years of service as a Seventh District Judge. The popular judge came to Wadena with her family in 1981 and joined the law firm of Kennedy and Nervig. Her part-time status soon grew to full-time. On Feb. 16, 1996, she was named a district judge by Gov. Arne Carlson. Robertson officially retired Thursday. Judges are required by state law to retire by the age of 70. Taking her seat on the bench will be Doug Clark, a 57-year-old attorney from St. Cloud.
Douglas B. Clark has been appointed to the Seventh District judicial seat vacated by the Honorable Sally Ireland Robertson. The 57-year-old St. Cloud attorney was named to fill the seat April 3 by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. Robertson retired Thursday after serving 22 years on the bench. Robertson was named to the judicial post by Gov. Arne Carlson in 1996. "Judge Robertson has done a wonderful job," Clark said as he attended a retirement ceremony for Robertson Thursday at the Wadena County Courthouse.
Doug Adams is typical of a lot of Minnesotans who pursue wild turkeys in the spring - he enjoys getting into the woods. For the last 10 years, the Adams have been going out after longbeards on a farm near Marion Lake in Otter Tail County. Doug has had up to four hunters in his party - his father, David, his sons, Brady and Brandon and his daughter, Ashley. Doug is the best caller of the group which makes him popular with the others.
Mark Hess knows one thing for sure—the work still has to be done. The Leaf River Ag agronomist has insights into agriculture all over the United States and the world but his primary interest now is west-central Minnesota—where piles of snow are still finding a place to park and snowstorms are still pummeling. Portions of Otter Tail County received 8 inches of white stuff on the final day of March.
Sally Ireland Robertson is moving on with her life. The 69-year-old grandmother is bowing to the state's mandatory retirement provision for judges and is leaving her Seventh District job after 22 years on the bench. "Basically I have felt very good," Robertson said as she sat inside the Wadena County courtroom last Wednesday after hearing cases. "It's drawn on every talent I have."