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When Eric Robb arrived at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center early Friday morning, he discovered a mess. An estimated 100 gallons of glycol, a chemical that's similar to antifreeze, had leaked from the boiler system piping onto the floor of the upstairs fitness area and some equipment. In an email to city officials, City Administrator Brad Swenson wrote some of the chemical had also made it into a first floor meeting room and lockers rooms. Service Master cleaned up the mess on Friday.
A woman who originally claimed to have been stabbed by an ex-boyfriend is facing charges after admitting the wound was self-inflicted. When the Wadena Police Department arrived at the apartment...
Allen and Suzanne Moe bought some land on the rolling hills of western Becker County in 2010. One major snag prevented the Wadena couple from turning it into an ideal vacation property: "The house that was on it was beyond repair," Suzanne said. So in the spring of 2012, the Moes - Allen builds and services pipe organs, Suzanne's a stay-at-home mother - purchased a 109-year-old home at a flood buyout auction. It was in terrific condition, Suzanne said, and it only cost $500. "But then we had to move it," she said.
During the past couple of weeks, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office has received several reports of burglaries, mainly at cabins in the Sebeka area. Statistics show it takes burglars less than a minute to break into a home, and the amount of time spent inside is a little more than 10 minutes.
Back in the late '70s, Anthony Kern sat in desks at Wadena High School. In January, the 53-year-old will take his seat at a much fancier desk - in the Arizona capitol. On Nov. 2, voters elected the Republican activist as one of two state representatives for District 20, which includes north Phoenix and much of the suburb of Glendale, where Kern lives. The first-time candidate, who ousted incumbent Republican Rep. Carl Seel in an August primary, earned 18,478 votes. Incumbent Rep. Paul Boyer, a Phoenix Republican, took first place - and the other spot in the state House - with 19,818 votes.
Ebola has dominated headlines and fomented fear for weeks as public health officials work to educate the public about the hemorrhagic fever and coordinate a response. As Acting Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Dr. Sonja Rasmussen is leading that effort at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The 1976 graduate of Wadena High School earned undergraduate degrees in biology and mathematics at the University of Minnesota-Duluth before attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin.
A Wadena institution for more than seven decades has a new name. The downtown Ben Franklin is now known as Hometown Crafts & Fabrics. So is the other store owned by Cindy McCullough in Detroit Lakes. "Nothing else has changed," said McCullough, who bought the store eight years ago when she moved to the area from the Twin Cities. "It''s the same merchandise and the same people." Dropping the Ben Franklin name was a business decision, she said.
A Verndale man who was assigned to serve nearly 1,000 lawsuits throughout 15 northern Minnesota counties is accused of fraudulently claiming he delivered debt collection papers to individuals. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit last Thursday in Koochiching County against Jeremy Umland, 35, and TJ Process Serving, the Wadena company he used to work for. Umland claimed to have delivered court summonses to people when they weren't home or no longer resided at the address, according to the lawsuit.
He's got the beard. He's got the belly. Heck, he's even got the workshop, though he builds caskets and refurbishes furniture instead of fashioning toys for children around the world. For 10 months a year, Patrick Kilby runs Sugar Creek Woodworking and A Simple Pine Box.