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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 in a tent on her brother’s lawn the morning of July 12. She had returned to her hometown for the annual Midsummer Festival and was camping out with her boyfriend, Robert Mieseler.
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.
Members of 13 teams took turns walking the course throughout the night. The event raised nearly $29,000 for the American Cancer Society, which spends donations on cancer research as well as lodging and transportation for cancer patients. "It turned out to be a very beautiful day and beautiful night," said Ross Keskitalo, who chaired the event committee with his wife Missy.
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.
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.