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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.
This summer, with the dedication of a 50-foot flagpole at the south end of Sunnybrook Park, the dream of establishing a memorial to Wadena-area veterans started to become reality. It was just the first phase of the Veteran's Memorial Park of Wadena, a project that's been in the works for years.
Insurance didn't cover losses for most of the dozens of Wadena homeowners who suffered flood damage after heavy July rains, leaving those without the financial resources to restore their basements in a precarious bind. A group of Good Samaritans is helping 16 families, volunteering time and, with Wadena City Council approval, distributing donations from a flood relief fund, matching dollars from the Initiative Foundation, individuals, churches and local service organizations. To date, Neighbor to Neighbor has spent more than $6,000 to finish projects at six homes, replacing hot water heaters
It's time for new blood on the Wadena City Council. That's the message voters sent Tuesday, ousting eight-term Mayor Wayne Wolden along with Toby Pierce and Jeanette Baymler, two incumbent members with a combined 30 years of experience. George Deiss, a component technician at Timber Roots, defeated Wolden by 60 votes, 52 percent to 48 percent, according to complete but unofficial results. He captured 718 votes to Wolden's 658, winning in three out of four Wadena precincts.
On a chilly October afternoon, Diane Webb walked the gravel roads of the subdivision just west of Wadena city limits, being sure to knock on every door. If no one answered - the result more often than not - she left a business card.