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The city council has granted a local volunteer group authority to decide how to spend money raised to help victims of the July flood. At a special meeting last Thursday, council members approved an agreement with Neighbor to Neighbor, the successor to the Long Term Recovery Committee, which handled disaster assistance requests following the 2010 tornado. As of last Thursday, the Initiative Foundation's Wadena Area Relief Fund (givemn.org/project/Wadena-Area-Relief-Fund) had received $2,825 in donations. The Little Falls-based nonprofit will match $2,500, bringing the fund balance to $5,325.
Just days before a new school year began, A.J. Guinazzo found his own new backpack among the rows of tables at the 4-H building last Thursday. "Why is it so heavy?" the Verndale six-year-old asked his mother, Rachel Malone.
A brand new street sweeper. New turnout gear for firefighters. A designated city impound shed. Microphones and projectors in the city council chambers. Those are just a few of the items Wadena city staff asked the city council to include in next year's general fund budget when department heads presented their requests at a more than four-hour long special meeting last Thursday. At another special meeting Thursday night, members will decide what to include in the 2015 budget and what to axe before setting the preliminary tax levy.
The Wadena County Humane Society and City of Wadena are heading to court over controversial kennel ordinance changes the city council passed in May. On Aug. 21, the humane society filed a request for a temporary injunction in Wadena County District Court, claiming "irreparable injury and loss and damage will result to the Plaintiff as well as the animals it houses if this Court does not" put the ordinance on hold until the merits of the lawsuit can be hashed out in court. This request is scheduled to be heard by Judge Sally Ireland Robertson at the Wadena County Courthouse on Sept.
The Wadena County Humane Society and City of Wadena are heading to court over controversial kennel ordinance changes the city council passed in May. On Aug. 21, the humane society...
Instructor Pat Lee introduces students to their electrical technology course on the first day of classes Monday at M State Wadena.
For 87 years, the Wadena Pioneer Journal coordinated the local Empty Stocking program, providing Christmas gifts for thousands of needy Wadena children. The newspaper announced in May it would no longer be able to administer the program.
Although most area residents who suffered flood damage following the July 11 rains weren't covered by insurance, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency is offering two loan programs to help return these homes to pre-disaster condition. Community Fix Up flood loans can provide up to $50,000 for homeowners with qualifying credit at 3 percent interest. For residents who don't qualify for the Community Fix Up loans - or those with damage that exceeds what is covered by that program - the state offers the Quick Start Disaster Recovery Program, which can provide additional assistance up to $20,000.
As a new term begins, local officials are aiming to improve pedestrian safety in Wadena's school zone. The community received a quarter million dollar federal grant to create "Safe Routes to Schools" after a competitive application process through the Minnesota Department of Transportation.