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Hundreds of bikers turn north on to County 75 northwest of Wadena Saturday during the 13th annual Ronald McDonald House benefit ride. On an average year, the event raises about...
A group of Wadena County Humane Society volunteers urged the city council last week to reconsider the quiet hours it imposed when it revised the city's kennel ordinance in May. In addition to several uncontroversial changes, the new rules prohibit kennel operators from allowing noise that can be heard from adjacent properties between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 a.m.
The comprehensive project to upgrade streets, sewers, sidewalks and water lines in southeast Wadena has entered the final design phase. The city council approved the preliminary plan at a nearly four-hour meeting June 10. Now engineers will spend the rest of the year fine-tuning the details in hopes of soliciting bids by early 2015.
On Saturday, Flag Day, members of the VFW Post 3922 raise the American flag for the first time at the Wadena Veterans Memorial on the southside of Sunnybrook. More than 50 people attended the dedication ceremony. The 50-foot Navy mast pole is the first phase of an extensive Veterans Memorial, which is slated to have granite walls with the names of each deceased veteran from the area, in addition to displays of military equipment, an observation deck over Whiskey Creek and a local military museum. To purchase granite pavers or park benches, call (218) 631-1672.
Wadena businessman Brian Hillesland will step down from the city council July 15 because he's moving to a new house in the country. Hillesland, 57, has served since January 2013. He announced his resignation at the end of last week's council meeting. Mayor Wayne Wolden thanked Hillesland for his service to the city. "We appreciate the time you spent on the council with us," Wolden said. Hillesland, owner of Jefferson Hearing Aid Center, said he timed his departure so the vacancy could appear on the November ballot. The filing period for city elections runs from July 29 to Aug.
Ethelyn Pearson has been a published author since the early days of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration, when the Hewitt Banner ran her contest-winning poem about the Boston Tea Party. The small town paper ceased publication a short time later. Pearson hasn't yet. More than eight decades and thousands of articles later, the 93-year-old Wadena woman is still going strong, telling meticulously researched, often untold local histories from the iMac computer in her Fair Oaks apartment. Over the years, she's sold her work to countless international, national and regional publications.
The 31st annual Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Auditorium. Tickets for the "Swing"-themed event are available from each contestant and at Thrifty White Drug for $5.
Vacant lots, some with driveways to nowhere, dot Wadena's southwest side, eerie reminders of the darkest day in the city's history. Almost exactly four years after the tornado ripped through town, city leaders approved a tax abatement to encourage development on 29 properties where houses once stood. The policy grants a full 10-year break on city property taxes for improvements to the eligible lots in 2014, 2015 or 2016. The abatement applies to residences valued at $75,000 or greater. It allows for multi-family housing up to four units. "If we do nothing, what can we expect?
During the three years he's been playing disc golf, Tate Heikkenen has only run into one crabby person. That's just one of the reasons the 53-year-old Perham resident has fallen in love with the sport. He plays nearly every day, most often at Arvig Park on the north side of town. Last Thursday, he practiced his putting game at the first hole basket. Disc golf, Heikkenen said, is a sport for all ages that offers a good way to make friends while getting exercise. "It's just been a great experience." Becoming a competent player requires practice, but the rules of the game are simple.
The team effort to rebuild the Wadena-Deer Creek middle/high school following the 2010 tornado has been recognized with a regional architecture award. The Minneapolis chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently named the project as one of four 2014 Merit Award winners.