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Christine Tollefson did not come up with the unique name for her home health business by herself. She credits a senior partner. "God gave it to me," Tollefson said. A Daughter's Love Elderly Care and Solutions is just beginning to take wing, although the idea for the business was born two years ago. Tollefson started putting a business plan together after meeting with Lakewood Health Systems in Staples. Satisfied that she was not going to be "stepping on any toes", Tollefson met with some seniors who told her the name of the business would be "really, really important."
The Wadena Fire Department received the green light Tuesday to purchase an Arctic Cat Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) and accessories for fighting grass fires. The $19,622 purchase is being funded with pull tab proceeds raised at the Whiskey Creek Saloon, fundraising dollars raised by the Fireman's Relief Association and donations from Leaf River Ag Service and Land O' Lakes.
If you lived in one of the Scandinavian countries during the winter a century ago, there is a very good chance you not only owned a kick sled but you were also pretty good on it. For the first half of the 20th Century, the sport of kick sledding thrived in the northern European countries because winter roads were not plowed, they were packed. A good, hard-packed snow base translated into perfect conditions for kicksledding. Kids did not get to school in the long winter months in cars, SUVs or buses as they do now, they would kick sled.
On the very first day of the 2018 session of the Minnesota State Legislature, the Wadena Board of Commissioners received an update from District 9A State Representative John Poston. The subject? Highway 10.
A southbound Volvo semi truck hauling a load of sawdust chips was damaged Thursday morning when it left Highway 71 nine miles north of Wadena in Rockwood Township. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of the vehicle, Corey Allen Olson, 40, of Badger, Minn., was not injured in the accident. Olson told the State Patrol he reached down for an energy drink and during this time his semi truck got close to the shoulder of the road. The truck was pulled into the ditch, rolled on it's side and slid for approximately 100 feet before coming to a stop. Olson's dog was killed when it fell out of the truck and was trapped underneath. Olson was wearing a lap and shoulder belt. Olson was cited for duty to drive with due care. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) provided signs and two employees to assist with traffic control. The Wadena Sheriff's Department also assisted at the scene. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Collins Brothers Towing Service.
Brian Roth raises corn and soybeans on his land near Verndale and leaves the cattle business alone. No wrestling with "little doggies" for him. But when chance tossed the Wadena County farmer an opportunity to help hay-strapped ranchers from two eastern Montana counties he decided to act.
With board chair Sheldon Monson absent due to illness, the Wadena County Board of Commissioners approved four agenda items dealing with Public Health at its Tuesday meeting. Public Health Director Cindy Pederson put the agenda in play before Vice Chairman Bill Stearns with a presentation on Wellness Funds.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners built a sort of ballpark for themselves Tuesday at the Wadena Courthouse. Now the idea, borrowing a famous line from Kevin Costner's 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" is that "they will come." The board took some meaningful steps in its search for a county coordinator by defining and approving some parameters advertising the position.
Folks around here are all too aware of the fact that Wadena County is among the poorest in the state, but why is that? The county had the lowest median household income in Minnesota when the last census was taken in 2010 ($34,686), the second-lowest per capita income ($19,344) and the fourth-lowest median family income ($47,898). And according to area experts, those rankings haven't changed much.