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Four candidates are competing for the three seats on the six-member Wadena-Deer Creek School Board up for election Nov. 4. The other three seats will be on the ballot in 2016. The race features two incumbents, Ann Pate and Wayne Perkins, and two first time candidates, Jil Fiemeyer and Vince Hinojos. Board member John Moenkedick did not seek reelection to a third four-year term. Jil Fiemeyer Fiemeyer is a communications specialist at Tri-County Health Care. She was born and raised in Wadena, then earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of St. Thomas.
Wadena area hunters don't have to go far to find public land teeming with grouse. While hunting small game is allowed at all 15 of the county's wildlife management areas and throughout both state forests, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has developed designated hunter walking trails in six Wadena County WMAs that provide easy access to prime habitats. These trails are off limits to vehicle traffic. There are hunter walking trails near Huntersville State Forest on both sides of the Crow Wing River in the Yeager Lake and Burgen Lake Prairie WMAs.
It's a perennial nuisance for city crews: When cars remain parked on the street after the snow falls, they're forced to plow around them. "It's inconvenient, it's dangerous and it's costly," said Public Works Director Dan Kovar, the man charged with making sure the streets are cleared. It's also against city ordinance, which prohibits parking along main thoroughfares when the city declares a snow emergency.
All 134 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives are up for election Nov. 4, including three Republicans in our local area. With the DFL holding a 12-seat majority, Republicans would win back control of the chamber - they lost both the House and Senate in 2012 - if they net at least seven seats statewide. Senators don't face reelection until 2016. District 9A First-term Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, represents District 9A, which includes the city of Wadena along with most of Wadena, Todd and southern Cass counties.
Enrollment at Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools is nearly identical to last fall at this time. This fall, 974 students started the school year in the district, down a single student from 2013-14. An analysis of open enrollment shows a similar stability, with WDC posting a net loss of 171 students versus 172 the previous year. Verndale continues to draw the most students from WDC boundaries - 131 compared to 26 Verndale students enrolling at WDC.
While the city puts the finishing touches on the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center ahead of the grand opening in early December, it's turning its focus to the ultimate goal: Getting people through the doors of the $12.3 million facility. A team of volunteers has been tasked with organizing - and generating buzz for - the opening week festivities. At the Oct.
Wadena firefighter Diggy Lorentz sprays out spot fires during a controlled burn on the northwest edge of town Monday night. The fire department set fire to acres of downed trees and brush, remnants of the E4 tornado that ripped through the area in 2010. The smoke could be seen - and smelled - throughout Wadena and reportedly from many miles away.
A missing two-year-old girl was found unharmed Wednesday afternoon, ending an extensive search of a heavily wooded area six miles south of Wadena. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Wadena Fire Department began searching for Brooklyn Sitala at about 1:30 p.m., 45 minutes after she had been last seen at her home along County 103. Following a quick perimeter search, "we realized we were in an area that needed a lot more manpower," Sheriff Mike Carr. So he called for more help and activated the mobile emergency operations center.