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The Wadena City Council filled a vacant position with a familiar face Aug. 5. At the beginning of the council meeting, members voted unanimously to appoint former Councilman Don Niles to the open seat created when Brian Hillesland resigned last month. Niles, an attorney who specializes in business law and intellectual property, previously served on the council from 2009 to 2013. Instead of running for reelection in 2012, he campaigned for state house, a race he lost to Rep. Mark Anderson. After the council voted, Niles immediately took the oath of office.
A Detroit Lakes woman whose body was found outside a Menahga home last month died of strangulation, according to her death certificate. Family members found 32-year-old Kelly Marie Lund dead...
At least those gambling losses weren't in vain. Most of the profits from three months of pull-tab sales at Whiskey Creek Saloon will go toward equipment for the Wadena Fire Department.
The 2nd annual Bluffton Hometown Days will kick off next Thursday, Aug. 14 with the Miss and Little Miss Bluffton Pageant. The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the community center, marks the first time the eastern Otter Tail County community of about 200 people will have crowned royalty. Hometown Days will continue Friday with a citywide garage sale and a drive-in Burger Bash at DJ's Powerhouse. Saturday's festivities will include a 5K run at 9 a.m., an old-timers baseball game at 11 a.m., kids activities (inflatables, crafts, face painting, petting zoo, etc.) from noon to six p.m.
A competitive race for the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board is taking shape. Four candidates - two incumbents and two newcomers - are vying for the three four-year positions up for election Nov. 4. Ann Pate, a 12-year veteran of the board, and eight-year board member Wayne Perkins have filed for reelection.
The Cove, a restaurant and bar that has been a Wadena landmark for more than six decades, closed Thursday. But Dean Uselman, director of the Wadena Development Authority, is hopeful the establishment along the golf course four miles north of town won't be shuttered for long. "It's not necessarily a dead project," Uselman said Monday, without getting into specifics. "We're still working on putting this thing together for someone else to takeover." Co-owner Curt Maas declined to comment last week.