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A van struck two Wadena-Deer Creek sixth-grade boys as they attempted to cross Colfax Avenue SW just after school Friday. The boys suffered non-life threatening injuries and were brought to Tri-County Health Care, where they were treated and released later that day. "This could have been a lot worse," said Jeff Randall, the father of one of the students. "We could have been burying two children." His son suffered a chipped front tooth, a sore shoulder and some road rash, while the van ran over the other boy's ankle but didn't break it, Randall said.
As a lover of snow and outdoor activities I appreciate the fact that many volunteers make it possible for my friends, family and I to travel around the surrounding counties...
Growing up in New York Mills, Virginia Hendrickx was active in 4-H, showing horses, rabbits and chickens. That experience inspired her to attend the University of Minnesota-Crookston, where in 2010, she received degrees in ag business and ag education. After a few years in crop insurance, she returned to 4-H about two months ago as the program's first full-time coordinator in Wadena County in more than a decade. "I've come full circle," Hendrickx said.
A Wadena Veteran's Park that's been discussed for more than four years is moving forward now that the city and the park committee have signed a land use agreement. The memorial will be located on a conspicuous slice of land in Sunnybrook Park adjacent to U.S. Highway 10. When it's complete, it will feature large granite slabs with the names of 6,000 veterans from around the area. Anyone can sponsor personalized park benches and engraved pavers that will align the main path, which will lead to an observation deck overlooking Whiskey Creek.
Ryan Andrews can't see, but he can fix PCs. In fact, the 32-year-old owns a downtown Wadena business that specializes in repairing and selling computers. Ryan's PC Repair and Video Transfer Service also converts records, cassettes, VHS and film into digital formats. "I'm the only one in about a 90-mile radius that does that," Andrews said. Born with an inherited degenerative eye disease, Andrews' vision deteriorated throughout his childhood. Then, in the midst of high school, he lost nearly of all his ability to see.
A van struck two Wadena-Deer Creek middle/high school boys as they attempted to cross Colfax Avenue SW just after school Friday. Their injuries did not appear to be life threatening,...
Wadena is spending about $1.2 million for upgrades to the southeast electrical substation, the latest project in a decades-long effort to revamp the city's electrical grid. The transition from 2,400 volts to a 7,200 volts distribution capacity started in the 1970s. "We have projects every year that improve our system and make it more reliable," said David Evans, electric and water superintendent. "It's been kind of a slow process, but we're getting all of our money's worth out of our old system that way."
Some of the vegetables in Wadena-Deer Creek school lunches haven't traveled very far. They're grown right on the middle/high school grounds in an adjacent greenhouse that opened in November. So far, the harvest is limited and the fresh food runs out quickly. But Ed Lewis, the school's greenhouse coordinator, is developing a crop rotation that will ensure produce will be consistently available throughout the school year. He hopes to start an outdoor garden this summer.
At a special meeting Monday, Sebeka City Council members unanimously accepted the retirement of the town’s police chief, who was recently cited for driving while intoxicated, and appointed a part-time...
Wadena city and county leaders traveled to St. Paul last week to learn about what's on tap at the Capitol this session and talk about local priorities with regional legislators. Mayor Wayne Wolden, council member Toby Pierce and city administrator Brad Swenson attended the Joint Legislative Conference Thursday. So did Wadena County commissioner Jim Hofer. The meeting brought together city, council, township and school district leaders from throughout Minnesota.