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On Nov. 4, Wadena County voters will elect three of the five county commissioners, in District 1 (Wadena Township, the southern half of Leaf River Township and the city of Wadena east of Jefferson Street and south of Olmsted Avenue), District 3 (city of Wadena west of Jefferson and north of Olmstead) and District 5 (city of Menahga as well as Blueberry, Shell River, Red Eye and Meadow townships). The three incumbent commissioners are seeking reelection and each faces a single challenger.
While the city puts the finishing touches on the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center ahead of the grand opening in early December, it's turning its focus to the ultimate goal: Getting people through the doors of the $12.3 million facility. A team of volunteers has been tasked with organizing - and generating buzz for - the opening week festivities. At the Oct.
Enrollment at Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools is nearly identical to last fall at this time. This fall, 974 students started the school year in the district, down a single student from 2013-14. An analysis of open enrollment shows a similar stability, with WDC posting a net loss of 171 students versus 172 the previous year. Verndale continues to draw the most students from WDC boundaries - 131 compared to 26 Verndale students enrolling at WDC.
Wadena firefighter Diggy Lorentz sprays out spot fires during a controlled burn on the northwest edge of town Monday night. The fire department set fire to acres of downed trees and brush, remnants of the E4 tornado that ripped through the area in 2010. The smoke could be seen - and smelled - throughout Wadena and reportedly from many miles away.
A missing two-year-old girl was found unharmed Wednesday afternoon, ending an extensive search of a heavily wooded area six miles south of Wadena. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Wadena Fire Department began searching for Brooklyn Sitala at about 1:30 p.m., 45 minutes after she had been last seen at her home along County 103. Following a quick perimeter search, "we realized we were in an area that needed a lot more manpower," Sheriff Mike Carr. So he called for more help and activated the mobile emergency operations center.
Late last decade, when a son of one of the board of directors at North Star Electric in Baudette looked into enrolling in the electrical line worker program at M State's Wadena campus, he discovered there was a three-year waiting list. That's a long time to delay launching a career. With the pending wave of retirements in the industry, North Star General Manager Dan Hoskins said he knew there was an increasing need to train the next generation of workers. "I thought, 'maybe we can put something up here,'" he said. Working with the city, Lake of the Woods County, the cooperative and the col
Of the Minnesota schools that receive federal funding to improve reading and math education, Wadena-Deer Creek elementary is among the best performing. That's according to a report card of sorts issued annually by the state Department of Education, which placed the K-4 school in the top 15 percent based on its combined results in standardized test scores, student growth and reducing achievement gaps. The ratings are an alternative way to provide accountability to the federal government after it allowed the state to opt out of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind law in 2012.
Mirroring national trends, enrollment at M State Wadena dipped a bit this semester, although by a smaller amount than the state average. There are 16 fewer students on campus compared to last year at this time, a 2.8 percent decline from 560 to 544, according to figures provided by Peter Wielinski, M State's vice president for student development and marketing. It's a smaller drop than the two previous years, when enrollment slipped 5.2 percent in 2013 and 7.5 percent in 2012.
Florence Christiansen was born in Todd County just a few months after World War I began. One hundred years later, she lives at Humphrey Manor.