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The life of a fireman is never routine. Wadena Fire Chief Dean Uselman has been a member of the department for 34 years, and like some combat veterans, there are things he has experienced that he would like to forget. "I've seen some things I would like to unsee," Uselman said. "There are images buried in my head that people shouldn't have to see."
Former Wadena Pioneer Journal columnist Ethelyn Pearson will celebrate her 97th birthday Thursday. The retired writer is a resident of the Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa. Her address is: CTCCC, Room D11, 406 E. Hwy 71, Box 38, Clarissa, MN, 56440.
Wadena-Deer Creek Superintendent Lee Westrum told the Pioneer Journal Wednesday morning that no walkout is scheduled at the middle/high school this morning at 10 a.m. A National Walkout Day is being held at other schools worldwide in remembrance and in protest of the 17 lives lost when a gunman opened fire Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. "There isn't anything planned," Westrum said. "If students want to participate they'll be able to. They have First Amendment rights and we'll respect that."
The driver of a 2016 Freightliner semi-truck was transported by ambulance to the Tri County Health Care emergency room with non-life threatening injuries Friday morning in Wadena after colliding with a 2013 Chrysler Newport Town and Country van.
A member of the Wadena County Sheriff's Office will be retiring in 2018, and while he does not know it yet, he is looking at some very nice compensation.
The First of March saw the last game of the season for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines as they suffered a 60-36 loss to South Sub-Section 8AA's top-seeded Barnesville Trojans. The No. 8 Wolverines worked hard to stay with the Trojans in the first half. A pair of back-to-back treys from Kennedy Gravelle pulled the Wolverines to within a point, 14-13, before the Trojans caught fire and scored 14 straight points on five shots. Emma Nielsen canned four three-pointers in the first half and Claire Meyer added two more as the Trojans took a 29-18 lead into the half.
The residents and staff of Wadena's Fair Oaks Lodge will become part of a new family this week. Eden Senior Care, an Illinois-based firm that operates skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, is on track to take over the senior living campus Thursday from Health Dimensions. Fair Oaks, which offers 75 beds, is located off Highway 10 on the on the east side of Wadena. It is also accessible from County Road 4. The two new leaders of the Wadena senior living home will be Regional Director Marlene Smith and Administrator Sam Quam.
A flock of curious Staples-Motley middle schoolers landed at M. State-Wadena Friday afternoon for a hands-on learning session at the technical college. In addition to wiring up receptacles, melding gas utility line pipe together, putting their backs into lifting a 180-pound dummy off the floor, checking out air conditioning units generating thousands of BTU's and learning how to safely replace a fuse cut-out on an electrical line far over their heads, the boys and girls saw the inside of the M. State-Wadena building - just 17 miles up the road from Staples.
You find yourself in your last days of high school. Those days of people telling you what you have to do are coming to an end. But it's an illusion, and down deep you know it. You are that fledgling that has gotten too big for the nest. You have some very important decisions to make. Dylan Huhn remembers a young man who went away to college and at one point found himself in need of several hundred dollars. He could only think of one source—his parents. His dad gave him a hard choice, come back home and work for him or raise the money on his own.