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NISSWA — Stopping for a Gull Dam brew on a summer day in Nisswa is now just months away from reality as the craft beer boom continues. Gull Dam Brewing is opening in the Werneke Water Wheel Center along Smiley Road in Nisswa. Expectations are for a June opening. Mark and Barb Anderson closed on the building earlier this month. The stone and wood building, complete with its own waterfall, water wheel and 9-foot deep pool, is readily visible from the northbound lanes of Highway 371.
A 16-year-old Wadena girl died Monday night from severe head trauma suffered in an ATV rollover just south of town. Christine Kaye Alberts was driving a Polaris Ranger southbound on Apache Avenue at about 20 miles per hour when she swerved toward the ditch, according Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr. Alberts overcorrected, Carr said, causing the vehicle to rollover near the Cree Street intersection.
Betty Stark may be gone, but her legacy lives on. When the Wadena woman died last year at 84 years old, she left her entire estate to seven area organizations. Wadena's First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center, the Wadena County Historical Society and Courage North (a camp in Hubbard County for people with disabilities) each received 10 percent.
It's still a long way from becoming law, but at a meeting last week, a state Senate committee recommended including $350,000 for a Wadena veteran's park in this year's bonding bill. The Senate's version of the bill, which authorizes state borrowing for construction projects, is expected to be released soon after the Easter recess.
In signing a new minimum-wage law Monday, Gov.
Wadena City Council whisked through the agenda at its April 8 meeting, unanimously approving the final wellness center construction bids and advancing a tax increment financing (TIF) request for a new business. Wellness center bids The council approved the final three construction bid packages for the $12.4 million Maslowski Wellness and Research Center, which is scheduled to open in the fall.
Hundreds of Wadena children will head to Toby’s Hill at 1 p.m. Saturday for the annual Easter egg hunt. Don’t be late, advised Shirley Uselman, director of the Wadena Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event. It doesn’t take long for children to locate the more than 13,000 plastic, candy-filled eggs. This year’s hunt will feature a special guest. “Come and meet the Easter bunny in person,” Uselman said. “He’ll be available for pictures.”
The Norman County deputy shot during a traffic stop east of Perley Tuesday morning was recently hired as a Wadena patrol officer. Next Tuesday was scheduled to be Nathan Warner's last day with the Norman County sheriff's department, where he had worked for the past six and a half months. He was slated to start working in Wadena on April 24. The city council approved Warner's hiring at its April 8 meeting.
Power lines run in the Koranda blood line. In 1947, during the early days of rural electrification, Don Koranda went to work for Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, building some of the...