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The District 2155 school board approved the purchase of 10 bus leases from the Hoglund Bus Company at their July meeting. WDC business manager Jerry Anderson said that Federal Emergency Management Action (FEMA) funding will be picking up $643,000 of the $730,563.25 purchase amount. The district leased the new buses last summer after the June 17 tornado destroyed more than half of their fleet. Eight of the new buses are full size while two are 14-passenger vehicles.
They are fun to operate, but how many All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and dirt bike riders can claim what they are doing is legal? Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Officer Greg Oldakowski has a considerable list of do's and don'ts to go by in enforcing state laws. The state government shutdown has not affected Oldakowski and if he sees a person on an ATV heading down a highway or a dirt bike tearing down a township road he is going to do some investigating. To start with, youth need an ATV safety certificate.
In a perfect world it does not take 1,100 millions to build a football stadium for our Minnesota Vikings and No. 1 draft choice Christian Ponder really turns out to be our next superstar quarterback. Those who have followed the fortunes of the Vikings know that the world they live in is far from perfect. The business side of pro football has been raising its ugly head again this week and it looks like a lockout that started March 10 could finally be ending. It makes sense that the two sides are finally settling their differences now.
Jared Hoemberg doubled twice and drove in all four runs Monday evening as Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale trimmed Wadena-Deer Creek 4-2 in a game to decide the Sub-District 6 championship. Dakota Aeling and Patrick Riewer each scored twice for BHV. David Najjar and Ryan Redfield were 2-for-4 at the plate for Post 171. The WDC crew was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Steve Riewer's BHV crew jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead but solo runs in the second and fifth frames helped WDC tie the game.
The Wadena-Deer Creek school board was already perspiring at Monday night's July meeting before superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom explained what the state's proposed 60-40 shift in funding for K-12 education could mean in dollars. A mid-July heat wave gripped the elementary media center as Dahlstrom outlined the dollar amount being withheld by the state of the current 70-30 shift ($2,531,500) and the proposed shift ($3,376.360). The tactic has become a favorite of the Minnesota Legislature as it struggles each year with balancing the budget.
The Wadena VFW Club's eighth annual Honor Ride is on tap for Saturday, Aug. 6. The ride draws 125 bikers and riders and raises $2,000-$3,000 for soldiers and families of the Wadena National Guard along with other area soldiers and their families. The registration fee is $15 per person. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 11:45 a.m. The ride leaves the local VFW post at 213 First Street at noon, rain or shine. Food is available before and after the ride. The ride follows a route down Minnesota Highway 29 to Minnesota Highway 210 as far as Battle Lake.
The District 6, Division 2 American Legion baseball tournament field is set and play begins Thursday at two fields in Menahga. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale will face Cross Lake and Howard Lake will tangle with Holdingford in the 10 a.m. games. Wadena-Deer Creek will face Pierz and Staples-Motley will play Long Prairie in the 12:30 p.m. games. Second round games are set for 3 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the winner's bracket. Friday's action opens with two noon games in the loser's bracket. The winners of those games play at 2:30 p.m. Also set for a 2:30 p.m.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board was asked to approve a portion of the $28 million in bids last week for construction of the new secondary school on Colfax Avenue in Wadena. Construction on the new school began in May. Kraus-Anderson is the general contractor. Second round bids were opened June 28. Six bids are currently under review and one will be rebid. The 5-12 school is expected to be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. The cost of the facility will be $38 million with $3 million earmarked for the replacement of building contents.
Joel Taylor grew up in western Oklahoma so he figures he probably saw his first tornado when he was about 3 years old. He has been looking for them ever since. Taylor was in Wadena last Saturday to speak at the Business Expo. It was not his first trip to Wadena. He passed through town on June 17, 2010 in a rather odd-shaped vehicle called the "Dominator." Taylor was hunting tornadoes that day with his Tornadosvideos.net crew. His tank-like vehicle is equipped with the best storm-chasing technology he can find.
Bill Spear has always had a fondness for the word "profit." It prompted him to set up a new operation on U.S. Highway 10 in Wadena in May after being in the auto sales business on U.S. Highway 71 south of Wadena for 16 years. Spear's son, B.J., and one of his former business partners, Randy Johnson, run the operation at the new location. Spear's customers may be interested in only one kind of car or truck but Spear is interested in "whichever one we can make money on." You do not stay in the auto sales business for 16 years without picking up a few insights into selling vehicles.