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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.
There is less than a month remaining for most people to buy health insurance in 2014. That's a message local agents, insurance companies and officials at the new Minnesota exchange fear the public hasn't yet grasped. "Nobody knows about it," said Jean Faber, an agent at Midstate Insurance Services of Wadena. "Nobody's talking about what happens after March 31 ... My main concern is that we will have a lot of families not covered."
A smile never left Franny Chandler's face last Thursday as she checked out the classroom where she'll attend her second year of preschool next fall. The four-year-old was among the 97 kids and parents who attended the annual Wadena-Deer Creek preschool open house at the elementary school. "The point was to give the parents the chance to see who the teachers are and for the children to get a little bit of a familiarity with the school," said Patti Isaacson, the early childhood coordinator who also teaches preschool.
While the hockey and basketball teams spent the winter competing with their bodies, a team of Wadena-Deer Creek underclassmen were busy building a different kind of athlete for a different kind of competition.
Cited for driving while intoxicated, Sebeka’s police chief has decided to retire. Eric Swenson, 48, has been a police officer for nearly 30 years and the Sebeka chief since 2007...