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George Deiss thinks it's time for new blood in Wadena city government. So last week, the component technician at Timber Roots filed paperwork to become the lone challenger to long-time Mayor Wayne Wolden in the Nov. 4 election. Meanwhile, former Police Chief Bruce Uselman and Deb Wiese, a clinical systems analyst at Lakewood Health in Staples, joined the race for the two four-year council positions up for election on the same ballot.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning a major overhaul of Highway 10 in the heart of Wadena for 2018. At the Aug.
As construction winds down at the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center, Wadena's elected leaders and city staff donned hard hats last Wednesday night for a guided glimpse of the vast facility. "Welcome to your wellness center," said Ken Francois, project manager for Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, as he began the tour in the entryway of the $14.3 million, 52,500 square foot building in southwest Wadena. First officials scoped out the multi-purpose community rooms and gym.
The Wadena City Council filled a vacant position with a familiar face Aug. 5. At the beginning of the council meeting, members voted unanimously to appoint former Councilman Don Niles to the open seat created when Brian Hillesland resigned last month. Niles, an attorney who specializes in business law and intellectual property, previously served on the council from 2009 to 2013. Instead of running for reelection in 2012, he campaigned for state house, a race he lost to Rep. Mark Anderson. After the council voted, Niles immediately took the oath of office.
A Detroit Lakes woman whose body was found outside a Menahga home last month died of strangulation, according to her death certificate. Family members found 32-year-old Kelly Marie Lund dead...
The 2nd annual Bluffton Hometown Days will kick off next Thursday, Aug. 14 with the Miss and Little Miss Bluffton Pageant. The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the community center, marks the first time the eastern Otter Tail County community of about 200 people will have crowned royalty. Hometown Days will continue Friday with a citywide garage sale and a drive-in Burger Bash at DJ's Powerhouse. Saturday's festivities will include a 5K run at 9 a.m., an old-timers baseball game at 11 a.m., kids activities (inflatables, crafts, face painting, petting zoo, etc.) from noon to six p.m.
At least those gambling losses weren't in vain. Most of the profits from three months of pull-tab sales at Whiskey Creek Saloon will go toward equipment for the Wadena Fire Department.