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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
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.
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.
Mike Roberts has been tending to the abandoned lot next to his Sebeka home for the past two decades. When the property went into tax forfeiture and was listed as one of 92 such parcels available at a county land sale this fall, he looked into buying it. It turns out, the property had more than $4,500 in unpaid special assessments, so Roberts approached the city council to see if something could be done about that alarming figure. In August, the council unanimously passed a resolution waiving the delinquent special assessments on three applicable properties.
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.
The survivors of war live to tell the story. The fallen depend on others to do it for them. After the Germans shot down his P-51 Mustang on Aug. 9, 1944, ending Major Don M. Beerbower's short yet valorous life, Hollywood didn't make a movie to honor one of America's most successful fighter pilots of World War II.
Deputy Amy Ament recalls a case from a couple of years ago, when one local resident gave personal information to a scam artist and ended up losing $800. Since then, the problem hasn't gone away. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office estimates between two to four scams are reported each month, with more going unreported.
No one was home when a fire destroyed a New York Mills trailer early Monday morning. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, at about 4:45 a.m., the New York Mills Fire Department and sheriff's deputies responded to the fire at 535 E. Centennial Dr. in the community of 1,200 people 13 miles west of Wadena.
The Wadena County Humane Society's lawsuit against the city of Wadena has a new judge and a new venue. Following a series of delays, the organization's request to immediately halt enforcement of the city's revised kennel ordinance is scheduled to be heard by 7th District Court Judge Frank J. Kundrat at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud. When WCHS filed the lawsuit in August and requested the temporary injunction, a hearing on the motion was scheduled for late September.
Under a new Minnesota law, all eligible voters are allowed to cast ballots prior to the general election, either through the mail or in person at county auditor's offices. The old law required an excuse, such as being away from one's precinct on Election Day, to vote early. Wadena County citizens may complete absentee ballots at the auditor's office on the second floor of the courthouse (415 Jefferson St. S., Wadena) anytime between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Nov. 3, the day before the general election.