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Fire flattened a rural Todd County home Friday. The owners, Rich and Connie Runston, were camping near Brainerd when they got word their home northeast of Bertha was a total loss. "There was nothing left," Rich Runston said. "The only thing we've got are the clothes we brought up for camping." At about 11:30 a.m.
To attract, improve and retain local businesses, Wadena County should create an economic development authority (EDA) and sign a contract with an existing agency to run it. That's the unanimous recommendation of a 13-member citizen committee. Wadena-Deer Creek superintendent Lee Westrum, the committee chairman, presented the group's report at the June 24 county board meeting. "We had a very active committee ..." Westrum said.
After wowing the crowd and judges with a powerful spoken word poem during the talent competition, Alex Tollefson was crowned Miss Wadena 2014 at a “Swing!” themed pageant Saturday in...
After a storm rolled through the area Friday night, which delayed the start of the Sunnybrook Stomp 5K by a half hour, a sunshower hit Wadena. About an hour earlier,...
A Minneapolis-based software company that is developing ways for seniors to virtually connect with their communities has selected Wadena as the location of its first video call center. If the company secures financing, River Systems LLC is expected to bring several jobs to the city within a few months, said Dean Uselman, director of the Wadena Development Authority. Longer-term, it's hoped the call center will employ between 70 to 100 people, he said.
Four years ago last week, a tornado devastated the Wadena County Fairgrounds, leveling most of the main buildings and 80 percent of the trees. When volunteers scoped out the damage the evening of June 17, 2010 - about a month before the annual event was scheduled to begin - they found an unmitigated "mess," including an upside down school bus, recalled Mike Olson, Wadena County Ag Society president.
Nyoaka Koone was weeding the garden at the house she just bought in southwest Wadena last week when she spotted a shiny object in the dirt. At first she thought it was just a cheap key ring and cast it aside. But after a few minutes, it caught her eye again. "I happened to see it had a diamond on it," said Koone, a social worker at Wadena County Human Services. She figured it belonged to the home's previous owner, Dorothy Beyer.
A rural Sebeka man who pleaded guilty to shooting up a pickup with three occupants has been sentenced to 240 days in the Wadena County jail and 10 years probation. Logan William Skov, 19, originally faced three counts of second degree attempted murder and three counts of second degree manslaughter for the Oct. 6 incident at a party near Bluegrass. He pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of third degree attempted murder in April, but his public defender and the prosecutor agreed to change the plea deal early this month.
The Garden of Miracles at Fink Park, a small slice of city land in southwest Wadena, features this chainsaw wood sculpture, "The Lady of the Garden." A dedication ceremony for...
Hundreds of bikers turn north on to County 75 northwest of Wadena Saturday during the 13th annual Ronald McDonald House benefit ride. On an average year, the event raises about...