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Health is Joel Beiswenger's business so there was no way Saturday's snowfall was going to keep the president and CEO of Tri-County Health Care away from the M. State-Wadena campus. With a new carpet of white on the ground outside the crowded interior of M. State took on the busy hum of a marketplace. More than 65 exhibits by local organizations and businesses were on display and there was plenty of entertainment including face painters, artists, dancers and Taekwondo demonstrations.
Many an idea is hatched in a fish house in the middle of a cold Minnesota winter. Otter Tail County's Erik Osberg of had an idea some years back that he could make a winter ice fishing get together with some of his pals on Otter Tail Lake into an annual event. He wanted to call it Otter Fest on Ice. That notion bobbed around in Osberg's mind for years and its day finally came last June.
The best part of January in Minnesota, like any stay in a hospital or visit to the dentist, is seeing it end. It is not only our coldest month of the year but the loneliest. It is one of those Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD) months, which medical science admits it does not fully understand. January seems to go on forever, although there are six months with just as many days on the calendar. Vehicles refuse to start, furnaces stop working, pipes burst, everyone is sick and no one seems to be around.
Wayne and Lori Wolden made the cut, and it got them a job last weekend on former Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway's Crew52 in downtown Minneapolis. The Wadena couple were part of a group of 10,000 volunteers who are hosting more than one million visitors this week during the Super Bowl LII (Super Bowl 52) festivities in the Twin Cities. More than 30,000 applied to be volunteers.
Two strikes and Frank Orsello was out. One of the reasons the Wadena City Council suspended the operating license of Orsello's Abomination Tattoo Studio business and rejected an application for renewal Jan. 9 was because of a letter sent to City Administrator Brad Swenson by the Child Support section of the Wadena County Human Services Department. It stated that Orsello was not in compliance with a court order. That was Strike One.
When Soledad Henriksen heard about a program for foster kids in Wilkin County, she put her heart into it. The Wadena County Recorder started putting plans together for a charity program of her own she called "Duffle Bags for Kids" last October. She checked with Wadena County Human Services and was routed right to Kirstin Roberts, the foster care licensor. "I just kind of pointed her in the right direction," Roberts said. "It's really Solee's program."
Two area teenage girls were injured Saturday night when the vehicles they were driving collided near the intersection of Highway 29 and County Road 52 southwest of Wadena. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Caitlyn Irene Mcknight, 19, of Bertha was northbound on Highway 29 when the 2008 Chevrolet Impala she was operating sideswiped a southbound 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier operated by Aubreenna Kellee Seals, 18, of Wadena. Both drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries and both were transported by ambulance to Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.
WADENA COUNTY COURTHOUSE - Closing arguments in the Antonio St. Marie trial will be heard Friday where the young Wadena man faces seven felony counts including one of the premeditated murder of his wife, Margaret St. Marie.
It was confirmed Thursday that the Cyber Cafe, located on Jefferson St. in downtown Wadena, will close at the end of January. The cafe, which serves a variety of coffees, lattes, teas and sandwiches and other treats and offers a variety of games and activities, has been a popular downtown hangout for the youth of Wadena in the past. Doug Wolff, who is presently manages the cafe, said the decision to close the cafe was made Jan. 11. Wolff said the mission statement of the Cyber Cafe has been to provide a safe and chemical free environment for area youth.