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For the past quarter century, Margaret Kramer has volunteered in the Tri-County Health Care surgical waiting room. But last week, instead of a volunteer ID, the Wadena resident wore a...
For the past quarter century, Margaret Kramer has volunteered in the Tri-County Health Care surgical waiting room. But last week, instead of a volunteer ID, the Wadena resident wore a hospital gown, as two teenage volunteers from Sebeka brought her meals, kept her company and made sure she was comfortable. The two volunteers, eighth-grader Kirsti Savela and freshman Heather Schnoor, were born in the 1990s.
From Thursday to Monday, The ArtsPlace in downtown Wadena will host an exhibition of religious artifacts, art and symbols from area churches. "There will be quite a variety of things to enjoy," said event organizer Rowland Joiner, The ArtsPlace's co-director.
Minnesota lawmakers reconvened in St. Paul on Feb. 25 and are constitutionally obligated to adjourn by May 19. But what will they do in the meantime? During the first few weeks of the 2014 legislative session, the Pioneer Journal caught up with Wadena's legislators, Rep. Mark Anderson (R-Lake Shore) and Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa), to see what they'd like to see happen at the Capitol this year. Taxes
DarylAnn Webb, local Girl Scout of Troop No. 709, is quite aware of the needs of our local food shelf. Webb decided that it would be a good idea to create "Birthday Boxes for the Food Shelf". She took the idea to MaryAnn Hagen, Wadena Food Shelf Director, who was thrilled with the concept. For this project to be qualified as a Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, she would also need an advisor. DarylAnn decided that Nancy Peterson, her business and marketing instructor would be a great choice.
About 110 miles west, along the same railroad tracks that run through Wadena, an oil train derailed last year, exploding in the countryside just outside of Casselton, N.D. If the train had gone off the tracks in an urban center, it would have destroyed buildings and lives may have been lost. That nightmare played out last summer, when a train containing North Dakota crude derailed in Quebec, wiping out entire blocks of a small town and killing 47 people. "I think about that every time I see the train come through," said Luke Mandershied, Wadena County emergency management director.
In 2012, the city of Wadena spent $130,000 for property on the south edge of town that includes two commercial buildings and a home. The structures are located in a 26 acre zone along Highway 71 where the Wadena Development Authority plans to develop a business park. "Eventually, (the home) would have been torn down," WDA director Dean Uselman said. "We don't want a home in a business park." A March 1 electrical fire destroyed much of the three-bedroom house, displacing the tenants, a single father and his two children.
A University of Minnesota scientist with family in Wadena is a part of a team that believes it has detected ripples in space from the very first moments after the Big Bang - a discovery that may fundamentally change our understanding of the universe. "It goes back to the beginning of our universe," said Eric Bullock, a fourth-year graduate student at the university's Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics.
For decades, Linda Foerderer has been known for her healing touch. Now it's her turn to be healed. The rural Wadena resident is facing metastatic breast cancer with a positive attitude, believing natural medicine - and the power of prayer - will deliver her from the fight of her life. "I'm going to lick this thing," Linda said Sunday at her peaceful home in eastern Otter Tail County. "I serve a big God who is on my side." The Wadena VFW will host a benefit April 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. to help the Foerderers cover accrued expenses.
Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools is asking area farmers to nominate the district for a $25,000 grant to build a high tunnel greenhouse. The 24-by-72 foot high tunnel would be located directly east of the passive solar greenhouse, a smaller structure completed last fall.