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A public hearing on a petition to vacate streets, alleys and utility easements in a portion of the Bretz Addition drew a crowd last Tuesday to the Wadena City Council chambers. The Bretz Addition is a located west of Tapley Park in the southwestern portion of the city. The petition, submitted by Builder Terry Roach, asked the city to vacate streets, alleys and utility easements so they could begin a future building project there. But not everyone is onboard with the plan.
Sarah Licari did not realize she was meeting her best friend when she first met Darcy Fink. Licari and her family had moved to Wadena from Minnesota's Iron Range and she needed a daycare provider. Fink had an opening at her daycare for Licari's children, and the two women hit it off. "Darcy was the first person I met in Wadena," Licari said. "She was one of a kind. She was friendly, loving, she helped raise my children. She was a very caring person."
A Minnesota State Bonding Committee dropped into Wadena Tuesday and left town an hour later contemplating a $60 million bill for the completion of State Highway 10 as a four-lane highway from Moorhead to the Twin Cities. The committee, which was headed by State Senator David Senjem of Rochester, heard from MnDOT District 3 Highway Engineer Jim Hallgren, Bolton and Menk Engineer Phil Martin representing the city of Wadena, Wadena Mayor George Deiss, Wadena County Commissioner Bill Stearns, District 9 State Senator Paul Gazelka and District 9 State Representative John Poston.
Gary Davis started out in the food business helping his dad, Russ, deliver produce with one truck. By the time he retired in 2008 he was known by wholesalers all over the country.
Mike Lange is a former Marine who has been at odds with the Wadena city council for more than a year over its management of the municipal airport.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners began zeroing in on a plan to create a coordinator position at Tuesday's meeting in the Human Services Building. Bounced from their familiar confines at the Wadena County Courthouse, the board looked at the first draft of a job description for what is expected to be an overall supervisory position. Commissioner Jim Hofer, who introduced the draft, reminded his fellow board members prior to their discussion that County Attorney Kyra Ladd said at an earlier meeting "you can put anything you want on the coordinator position."
Hammer's Construction Project Manager Shane Hendrickson knows something about working outdoors in a Minnesota winter. The brutally-cold weather that held Wadena in its grip the last week of December and the first week of January cost the Perham builder some man-hours as they proceeded with a new utility shop on County Road 4 near Sunnybrook Park. While temperatures in the second week of January moderated, the challenges of working outdoors for the construction crew are still a factor.
It is January and that chocolate fudge your sister-in-law brought on Christmas Day, those bite-size bits of Heaven, are hanging off your waistline like dumbells. Data shows Americans are some of the worst eaters on Earth. Of the world's 196 nations, the United States has been ranked 177th. A study shows 74 percent of the population is considered obese. Shelby Hunke is a dietician at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. She works regular daytime hours but finds herself visiting patients on a daily basis. Her job is to help them eat smart.
Wadena Mayor George Deiss dropped a bombshell at the end Tuesday’s city council meeting by announcing City Administrator Brad Swenson will be retiring April 30. Swenson, who has more than 40 years of service with the city, has been hinting at retirement for several years according to Deiss.
There are two new faces at Second Look Family Salon and Spa. The North Jefferson Street business in Wadena, owned by Michelle Curtis, has added the talents of Roxanne Swisher and Kylee Wright. Swisher is a nail technician who graduated recently from M. State-Wadena and owns a business she calls "Wellness Within." She does manicures, pedicures and energy work. Swisher lives on a hobby farm near Vining with her husband. She considers herself one of life's "caretakers", having worked as a veterinarian technician, an LPN, and an RN.