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Local shutterbugs have a chance to hone their skills while earning prize money and promoting the Wadena region through a new photo contest, "Picturing the Good Life." The website for the contest and complete guidelines will be ready in about week, and the official kick-off will also happen at that time, but contest organizers Kent Scheer and Lina Belar want to get the word out about the contest now, so folks can start taking photos of the fall before all the leaves are gone.
Railroads and farming may be what most people think of when it comes to the economic history of the Wadena area, but before those industries took hold the fur trade played an active role in the area. Wadena county has three archaeological dig sites, two of which folks can visit, and numerous artifacts on display at the Wadena historical society for folks to peruse and learn about this time in history. Interim Executive Director at the Wadena Historical Society Lina Belar said when she arrived four years ago she was amazed at how much archaeology had been done in this area.
If running against a clock isn't enough incentive to get you moving, how about seeing if you can out run the ghoulish undead, determined to turn you into one of their pasty-face, mindless masses roaming Black's Grove Park on October 14 in Wadena.
The Cozy theater has seen its share of changes since opening in its current location back in 1914. Movies are no longer silent, every sound is amplified by high tech equipment. Projection rooms are no longer filled with oversized movie reels run by a person, instead it's all computerized. The one constant has been the Quincer family for four generations, and owner Dave Quincer would like to pass it on to a fifth.
It's easy to find bad reviews of things online, so Uptown Restaurant in Wadena must be doing something right when it not only gets good reviews, but it gets enough of them over the course of a year to be recognized by travel web site, Trip Advisor. Kyle Hagen, co-owner of Uptown, said the award is based on customer reviews for 2017. Trip Advisor got ahold of Hagen and sent him a plaque. The official title of the award is, "Trip Advisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence for Consistent Achievement of High Ratings."
What do a city in western Kenya, with a semi-arid climate where the coldest months are April to November, with average temperatures in the 70s have in common with Wadena, Minnesota? People. Lori Baron will tell you it's that simple, and when you make connections with people in other parts of the world through different projects, you learn we aren't really all that different.
"You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else" - Melvin Jones, Founder of Lions Club International If you've ever wondered what the Wadena Lions Club is all about, that quote sums it up better than the long list of community service projects and dollar totals donated to numerous organizations in the groups 95-year history of willingingly serving its community. Neil Hutson has been with the Lions for about three years and said he joined because he feels it's important to be apart of something that gives back.
Showing their Wolverine spirit in an effort to leave no little Wolverine behind during homecoming festivities, nine Wadena businesses joined together to buy 415 t-shirts so that every student in grades kindergarten through fourth would have spirit wear for the parade and football game last Friday. Brittney Ewert, owner of Glamour Salon, and Amanda Schmidt, owner of Now and Forever Wedding Gallery, said they noticed not as many younger kids wearing blue and gold at school events a few years ago.
The need to create the best bowl of chili is allegedly centuries old, according to the International Chili Association (yes, there is such a thing), and even though the debate over the origins of chili lies somewhere down in the southern regions of the United States, that doesn't mean folks up north have to be restricted to Lutefisk and brats.
Wadena-Deer Creek High School has selected Jay and Jeanne Patterson as Grand Marshals of the school's Homecoming parade on Friday, Sept. 22. Jay Patterson retired in June 2017 as WDC's junior high English teacher and Drama advisor after 37 years. While at WDC, Patterson led the one-act play to an astounding 11 Section championships and six Star performances at State, which is the highest rating a one-act play can receive. His wife, Jeanne, was a part of each play, as his steadfast supporter and advisor.