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Six-year-old Emery Wagner makes patterns with a sparkler on the Fourth of July at Leek Lake in Otter Tail County.
Where's Waldo? Throughout July, the iconic children's book character with the striped shirt and black-rimmed spectacles will be hiding in 25 Wadena businesses. To participate in the monthlong search, pick up a passport at An Open Book, 114 Jefferson Street. The first 100 people to get their passports stamped at 10 locations or more can collect prizes at the bookstore.
The Wadena County Board agreed in a unanimous vote June 24 to lend about $271,000 from the general fund to the sheriff's office for new dispatch consoles, the last major upgrade to its communication system. In 2008, when it began the transition to ARMER, the state's 800 megahertz public safety radio network, Wadena County was on the cutting edge of technology, Sheriff Mike Carr said. Six years later, he said, it's the only county in the area that has yet to fully adopt the system. "It's a vital piece of equipment that is for public safety," Carr told the board.
Two candidates for the Republican lieutenant governor nomination stopped in Wadena last Thursday. Rep. Kurt Zellers' running mate, former Rep. Dean Simpson, kicked off a tour of central Minnesota with a visit to the Pioneer Journal offices in the morning. That evening, former Rep. Bill Kuisle - Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson's choice for lieutenant governor - dropped by the Wadena County Fair. At the state Republican Party convention in May, delegates endorsed the Johnson-Kuisle ticket, but it's up to the party's primary voters to decide on August 12 who will take on DFL Gov.
The couple who launched Harvest Thyme Bistro in 2009 has sold the downtown Wadena eatery to their landlords. E-Enterprises LLP, a Wadena-based building management firm that helped develop the restaurant, took over ownership Tuesday from Derek and Shari Olson. The company owns the Bernauer Building at 114 Jefferson Street, which is also home to An Open Book and The ArtsPlace gallery. "I refused to let it close," said David Evert, principal for E-Enterprises.
County and city leaders joined members of the Wadena County Fair board for a ribbon cutting last Wednesday to celebrate the extensive rebuilding of the fairgrounds following the EF-4 tornado that destroyed much of the facility in June 2010. The grand re-opening kicked off the 121st annual Wadena County Fair, which ended Sunday. "What a long way Wadena has come, especially the Wadena County Fairgrounds," said Shirley Uselman, executive director of the Wadena Chamber of Commerce.
Fire flattened a rural Todd County home Friday. The owners, Rich and Connie Runston, were camping near Brainerd when they got word their home northeast of Bertha was a total loss. "There was nothing left," Rich Runston said. "The only thing we've got are the clothes we brought up for camping." At about 11:30 a.m.
To attract, improve and retain local businesses, Wadena County should create an economic development authority (EDA) and sign a contract with an existing agency to run it. That's the unanimous recommendation of a 13-member citizen committee. Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Lee Westrum, the committee chairman, presented the group's report at the June 24 county board meeting. "We had a very active committee ..." Westrum said.
After wowing the crowd and judges with a powerful spoken word poem during the talent competition, Alex Tollefson was crowned Miss Wadena 2014 at a “Swing!” themed pageant Saturday in...
A Minneapolis-based software company that is developing ways for seniors to virtually connect with their communities has selected Wadena as the location of its first video call center. If the company secures financing, River Systems LLC is expected to bring several jobs to the city within a few months, said Dean Uselman, director of the Wadena Development Authority. Longer-term, it's hoped the call center will employ between 70 to 100 people, he said.