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Wendy Cannon's son saved her a tank load of money. When she and her husband escaped the Minnesota freeze for a New Zealand vacation as propane prices rose to historic levels, he kept their wood stove burning, preventing the propane backup from kicking on - and a shocking bill for his parents. "I'm sure we saved $1,000 to $1,500 easily," Cannon said. "I'm an example of somebody who's been really fortunate."
Jeff Nardello isn't sure who he'd like to see as the next Minnesota governor, but the Sebeka resident is sure he won't be voting for DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's reelection. "Right now, I'm trying to make up my mind," Nardello said. "That's why I'm here to see Marty and listen to what he has to say." By Marty, Nardello meant former Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall, who brought his campaign for governor to the Pizza Ranch Friday night, just days after winning the Republican straw poll at statewide caucuses.
The Wadena Rotary Club has grown by nearly 24 percent in the past year. While two people left the group, six joined last summer and another seven became Rotarians this month. It now has 53 members. "The whole club has really come together, bringing a lot of guests and visitors," said Brian Hillesland, the club's membership chair.
At a special meeting Friday, the Wadena county board officially established a county coordinator position and decided against merging the human services and public health departments. Commissioners have talked about hiring a top county official for years. Determining the scope of the job and how to include it into the budget took time, said Commissioner Jim Hofer. "With the complexities of doing business these days," he said, "it's something that needs to be done."
She's only 20, but Alexis Teichmiller has already founded two businesses. Last Thursday, the 2011 graduate of a "Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities" (CEO) class in Illinois talked to Wadena-Deer Creek students and community leaders about how the innovative high school business course changed her life. "To this day, I'm still using things people like you taught me," Teichmiller told a group of about 20 business owners and other Wadena leaders over lunch at the Pizza Ranch.
In December, the Verndale School Board approved most of the bids for a $5.8 million school addition and remodeling project, scheduled to open next fall, which will include a new gym, locker rooms, science rooms, administrative office and storage space. Of the nearly three dozens bids, it rejected two - for food service equipment and tilework - deemed too costly.
The Wadena-Deer Creek one-act troupe placed third in section competition on Saturday in Pequot Lakes. Park Rapids High School took first place, while Eagle Valley High School earned second. WDC performed "Marie Antoinette," a play based on the life of the legendary French queen. Students hosted a free public performance last Thursday night at Memorial Auditorium. Jay Patterson, a WDC English teacher, directed the play.
The M State Wadena student government association is bringing a up-and-coming country rock trio to the Memorial Auditorium next Tuesday at 7 p.m. Named one of Billboard Magazine's "Top 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2013," Scarletta may be best known for their breakout single, "Right Here, Right Now." The Nashville-based group includes lead singer Emilee Allan, fiddle player Nathan Stoops and Benji Harris on guitar.
Approximately 800 people attended the 24th annual February Festival of Health at M State, Wadena campus on Saturday. This free event featured more than 75 exhibits from local agencies promoting health and wellness. In addition, several booths provided free health screenings, such as blood pressure, blood glucose, body fat analysis and more. Wadena County representatives were available to discuss MNsure, Healthy Homes, Family Health, Reproductive Health and Emergency Management.