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The Bertha Blazers completed a three-game sweep of the Hi-10 league playoffs Sunday with a 6-0 home victory over the Detroit Lakes Angels. DL pitcher Mason Swegarden kept the Blazers off the board in the first four innings, but Bertha batters blew up against his replacement Brian Buhr. The Blazers rally started with a two-run blast by Patrick Riewer in the bottom of the sixth. By the end of inning, the team had scored six runs off of seven hits. Bertha held DL to just two hits throughout the game.
The filing period for four elected city positions opens next Tuesday and runs through August 12. The mayor and three council member positions - two four-year terms and one two-year term - will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. To get on the ballot, candidates need to fill out a form at city hall and pay a $2 filing fee. They must be at least 18 years old and residents of the city of Wadena. Next Friday, Aug. 1, is the deadline for residents looking to fill a temporary council vacancy to submit a letter of interest to City Administrator Brad Swenson.
Aquatic therapy changed Anna Hinkle's life. Paralyzed in a car accident, the Bertha native sought treatment at a warm water therapy pool, which increased joint movement and reduced the spasms in her legs. "It just made everything a lot easier," Hinkle said. "When you're in pain, sometimes you don't want to do therapy. It made it a lot less painful." But Hinkle had to travel to Golden Valley's Courage Center for treatment.
It didn't take long for five inches of standing water to cover Glenda Culbreath's basement floor in the early morning hours of July 11, ruining heaps of clothing and other prized possessions. "That was half my life," a teary-eyed Culbreath said Monday as volunteers removed waterlogged debris from her rented home on First Avenue Southwest. "At least it's all replaceable stuff." "I'm glad they're here," she said. "I can't physically do it. I thank God for these volunteers.
The Wadena City Council is short a member, but likely just for a few weeks. At its July 8 meeting, the council opted to seek letters of interest from residents who would like to temporarily fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Councilman Brian Hillesland. Letters are due to City Administrator Brad Swenson by August 1.
Beside the Redeye River east of Sebeka, Kathy and Steve Connell make the most of the sandy soil. The couple grows about 75 varieties of fruits and vegetables for local markets on two acres of land. The University of Minnesota Extension Service recently named the Connells the 2014 Wadena County Farm Family of the year. The service selects families in participating counties that represent "agricultural achievement in diverse farming operations." The 74 farm families of the year from throughout the state will be recognized Aug.
A couple years ago, when Greg and Mary Malone bought the land across from their farmstead five miles southwest of Wadena, they faced a choice. Should they tear down the old farm house or fix it up? The couple chose to turn the two-story five bedroom country house into a vacation rental, which they named "Malone's Guest House.". "It's a bed and breakfast - without the breakfast," Greg explained with a chuckle. Although guests have to make all of their own meals, the brood of hens in a close-at-hand coop are just about ready to start laying "complimentary fresh eggs," he said. The hens - al
Four years after the EF4 tornado, the southwest side of Wadena experienced a different sort of natural disaster last weekend - flooding. Officials don’t have an accurate estimate of how many basements became swamped after about five inches fell on the already saturated soil in just a few hours early Friday morning, but the damage from the rain water and sewage backup is significant and next to none of it will be covered by insurance.
Wadena residents who suffered damage during the flood are now able to drop off debris at the county landfill for no charge. At a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Wadena City Council voted unanimously to pay dumping fees for city residents. The assistance, which is only for flood-related debris, became available at 10 a.m. Wednesday, shortly after council action. It will end July 31. Officials think there’s a good chance FEMA will reimburse the cost.
Carol Dockham's extensive garden at 805 10th St. SW is filled with a lovely variety of annuals and perennials, earning her the distinction of "Yard of the Month" for July...