by Steve Schulz, Editor To the U.S. Army, he was a corporal in the 101st Airborne. To his grandma, he was a "good kid." To some mourning his death, Paul A. Beyer, at just 21, was a "hero." The soldier from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Air Assault, was laid to rest in Sebeka this week, after a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, killed him and a 34-year-old staff sergeant from Constantinople, Ill. Beyer, who lived most of his life in Jamestown, N.D., and leaves a wife behind there, will be buried in Sebeka at a family plot in Evergreen Cemetery.
he Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers dropped a doubleheader to the Perham Pirates Sunday at Al Krueger Field in Perham, 13-2 in the first game and 7-4 in the second. The Shockers continued their streaky play. The team started the season 1-7, only to rebound and win four of the next five. Then they lost three of the next four before rallying with a five-game winning streak. That was halted with Sunday's sweep. The Shockers fell behind early in the first meeting, surrendering two runs in the bottom of the first from Nick Esala and Noah Johnson of the Pirates.
How cold is too cold for schoolkids to be playing outside? That issue was debated Monday night at the Verndale School Board meeting. The backdrop for the debate was a checklist of new rules going in the student handbook for the 2006-07 school year.
Twenty-two people stopped in Wadena last week to say hej. If your Swedish is a little rusty, that means hello. The tour group, hailing mostly from the Solleron area in the Dalarna province, had lunch at the United Methodist Church. They were tracing genealogical roots, explained Margaretha Hedblom, a tour guide (or lectura konsult, in Swedish). For instance, immigrants from the Solleron area settled in the Compton and Bluffton areas many years ago, building a new life here in Minnesota. The tour group arrived in the U.S. on June 6, and many planned to stay until June 21.
The Verndale City Council met in special session Tuesday night, choosing a top candidate for the liquor store manager position and making final preparations for Verndale Straw Hat and Sun Bonnet Days. The council voted to make an offer to its top candidate for the liquor store job, a Wadena woman.
Though all of the aerial maps and project designs were marked "preliminary" and "concept", that didn't stop many Wadena residents from scrutinizing the differing plans to reconstruct U.S. Highway 10. Three informational sessions were held Tuesday night to give people a glimpse into the Minnesota Department of Transportation project. Four designs were presented, ranging from a simple widening of Highway 10 in its current corridor from two lanes to four, to a re-routing of the highway to the north.
There's nothing like a little cash to convert a bright idea into a reality, the Wadena-Deer Creek school district found out this week. The WDC School Board had been tossing around the idea of establishing a foundation -- a separate, non-profit entity that would be allowed to accept donations and spend that money enhancing education for local kids. In order to accomplish that, a few things are needed, including a host agency, a local board of control, and, of course, seed money.