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Marvin Bakken braves the cold and snow on his bike Friday in northeast Wadena. Photo by Dain Sullivan, Pioneer Journal
Favorable temperatures allowed Curt Leeseberg and daughter Kendra, 2, of Wadena to take a stroll downtown Monday. Photo by Dain Sullivan, Pioneer Journal
At any given time, it seems like our nation is facing multiple serious issues, so it's fun when you get a chance to see the lighter, human side of our government leaders. For me, it's fun to see the president cut loose from time to time. It reminds me that he is a person, too, capable of understanding what it means to take a moment to appreciate life. The president's dance with the first lady during the recent presidential inauguration is a prime example of this. It seems like every time I see the president, he's extremely stressed or very serious.
After it was reported a car was stolen from a Grey Eagle residence at around 4:18 p.m. Saturday, the vehicle was found rolled over with no one in sight, according to a report from Todd County Sheriff's Office. Arthur Shroyer, Jr.
As "American Idol" kicked off its 12th season Wednesday night, I kicked back on the couch, not really expecting to see anything too extraordinary from the show, which I've followed off and on since it was first aired in 2002. After a while, you kind of get used to the bad voices, wacky outfits and random reactions from the judges. But during the two-hour event, I confess I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it was.
Jacob Krack shovels snow off the sidewalk near his southeast Wadena home Wednesday. Photo by Dain Sullivan
Jerry Anderson catches up on community news Monday at the Wadena City Library. Photo by Dain Sullivan
I've always considered myself to be somewhat of a germaphobe. A few times a day, I make sure to wash my hands just to put my mind at ease. When you think about all the places you visit in a day - stores, other peoples' offices and desks as well as multiple public areas - it's easy to cringe at the thought of all the germs you've picked up. But in our busy lives, some of us don't always think to wash our hands multiple times a day. Because of the flu outbreak that has hit our world, I feel that washing your hands is more important than ever.
U.S. postal carrier Joanne Motl of Wadena enjoyed sunny weather Wednesday as she delivered mail on the southeast side of town. Photo by Dain Sullivan
Mary Pate of Wadena enjoys Monday's weather by walking with her dog, "Sparky." Wadena temperatures reached 30 degrees by 2 p.m. Monday, causing some snow to melt around town. Photo by Dain Sullivan