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Wooly the Wolverine might rev up the crowd at Wadena-Deer Creek sporting events, but that's just someone in a costume. The closest most students will get to a real-life example of the animal is in the middle/high school office, where a stuffed mustelid sports a ferocious scowl.
Wadena County Commissioners are asking the public to submit designs for a new logo that will be featured on letterhead, vehicles and a revamped website. Right now, each department uses a different emblem. The selected design will be phased in to create a unified brand throughout Wadena County government. "We really need to update our logo, especially if we're going to have an updated website," said Commissioner Jim Hofer, who is in charge of the effort. "We really don't have a (visual) identity."
Southeast Wadena residents braved the wind and snow last Thursday night to learn about a comprehensive infrastructure project planned for their neighborhood and share opinions with city leaders. "This needs to be good for a 100 years," engineer Phil Martin told a crowd that spilled out of the council chambers into the hallway. "Take the southeast infrastructure, wipe the slate clean and plan it how you want it ... It's an opportunity as well as a challenge."
For bookstore owner Gillette Kempf, reading is a fundamental expression of freedom. "Once you know something, nobody can ever take that away from you," she said. "Reading is the most powerful thing that we have." Kempf, a city council member, wrote a resolution to declare Monday as "Read Across America Day in the City of Wadena." The council passed it unanimously earlier this month. Sponsored annually by the National Education Association, this year's celebration takes place around what would have been Dr. Seuss's 109th birthday.
Every time she wants to work out, Sami Wojtowicz hops in her car for a 25-mile round trip to Snap Fitness in Wadena. Not for long. On March 15, Tri-County Health Care will open the Bertha Area Wellness Center next to its clinic here in town. "I can just go there on my way to work and back," Wojtowicz said. "I think a lot of us here in town are excited. I think a lot of us are going to use it."
One night in October 2011, Stephanie Larson was relaxing with friends at a bar in Hewitt. That’s when the 32-year-old Tri-County Health Care nurse collapsed. One of her friends, a...
Police quickly located a laptop belonging to the city of Wadena, which disappeared from council member Jeanette Baymler's house Feb. 4. Baymler said she realized the device - one of five issued to council members and the mayor - was missing upon her return from a church meeting that afternoon. Nothing else was stolen from the house, she said. Police recovered the password-protected laptop at PB Pawn Shop in downtown Wadena. "Now my computer is at the police station and I can't have it because it's evidence," Baymler said.
A split Wadena City Council offered the wellness center manager job to an events coordinator at Tri-County Health Care. In a 3-2 vote Feb. 18, council members selected Holly Weller, who is also executive assistant to the TCHC president, over Eric Robb, a former manager of similar centers in Ada and Roseau. The two emerged as the top finalists following a second round of interviews with four candidates.
UPDATE: Holly Weller did not accept the wellness center manager job the council offered her Feb. 18. "The candidate that was offered the position has declined, so the council needs...
The county board covered a lot of ground during a three-hour meeting Feb. 12. Commissioners approved the terms of a transit lease request, increased two garbage fees and discussed a host of human services issues. Friendly Rider will move into a new facility adjacent to the highway department on Harry Rich Drive around April 1. Paul Sailer, human services director, said the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which funds 85 percent of local transit operations, is willing to spend up to $2,500 per month to lease the new building and pay for utilities.