Families were invited out to enjoy food, fun, games and prizes Sunday, Sept. 16, during the annual St. Ann's Catholic Church Family Festival. The crowds came out for one last blast of summer with temperatures reaching 90 degrees in Wadena and winds gusting up to 36 miles per hour, according to the weather station at the Wadena Municipal Airport. By 6 a.m. Monday, temperatures had dropped 42 degrees to 48 degrees. Temperatures remained in the 50s throughout most of Monday thanks to a jet stream of cool air pushing out the heat.
The work of a few is ensuring the lives of many are honored many years to come at the Wadena Veterans Memorial Park. Work to maintain and build upon a memorial for the fallen veterans of the Wadena area has been ongoing for about five years by a group of unpaid volunteers. Their work has yielded a place where over 5,000 names are displayed and memorialized. A list of over 500 others still wait to be added.
Cancer is a giant of a problem and one local girl has made a commitment to stand up to it. Ten-year-old Brooke Goddard of Wadena found out about an opportunity to help those fighting cancer through the Pinky Swear Foundation three years ago. It's a foundation started by Mitch Chepokas who passed away from cancer at age 9. Mitch's sister is a good friend of Brooke's mom, Ashley Goddard. Through that connection, Brooke learned about how she could do her part in the battle against childhood cancer.
A rural Wadena man continues to have a great faith in humanity after momentarily losing $4,000 cash and his phone last week at the Wadena Walmart. Steven Harris said he was out shopping for dog food over Labor Day weekend at Walmart where he apparently set his possessions down and walked out of the busy store. He stopped at another nearby store, Dollar Tree, and attempted to buy more merchandise when he realized he no longer had his phone or billfold. "At first I was just kind of freaking out," Harris said.
Minnesota Power experienced a power outage in the city of Verndale starting at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, affecting about 338 customers as well as the Verndale Public School. Power was restored to the community at 6:45 p.m. according to Amy Rutledge, Minnesota Power's manager of corporate communications. Minnesota Power workers were on site at the substation to the north of Hwy 10 and said, at about 2:30 p.m., that they were troubleshooting at the site, with no obvious problems seen at first surveying the station.
Minnesota Power experienced a power outage in the city of Verndale starting at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, affecting about 338 residents as well as the Verndale Public School. According to an outage map, provided by Minnesota Power, the outage was expected to continue until 5 p.m. at first review. Minnesota Power workers were on site at the substation to the north of Hwy 10 and said, at about 2:30 p.m., that they were troubleshooting at the site, with no obvious problems seen at first surveying the station.
After months of gleaning through a dozen different plans to expand parking and improve student safety, the Wadena-Deer Creek school board unanimously brought forth a plan that includes vacating a portion of Dayton Ave. on the south side of the elementary school.
The 2018 Whiskey Creek Film Festival has a simple rule: screen critically recognized films in current theatrical release not usually shown in theaters in rural Minnesota. So far that's been a successful formula for the Wadena event. That's what you can expect out of the 14th annual festival running Sept. 14-20 at the historic Cozy Theatre in downtown Wadena. The festival includes eight films: "BlacKkKlansman," "Blindspotting," "Eighth Grade," "The Rider," "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," "Leave No Trace," "Alpha" and "Farmer of the Year."
The Wadena City Council saw a drastic change to the 2019 budget at their second planning meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28, going from $675,000 over budget to just under $100,000 over. Thoughts on a way to balance the budget and save for the future were also discussed. City administrator Janette Bower told council members she went through the budget line by line and slashed many of the major capital expenses, bringing the budget to about $99,000 in the red. But a plan to bond for fire department equipment could balance the budget and allow for the requested equipment.
It's been known for some time that Ortons BP in Wadena would be closing to make way for the reconstruction of Hwy 10. Nonetheless, news of the store closing Sept. 9 was still a shock to many. Tuesday morning, traffic was steady as people filled up on coffee, breakfast and fresh petrol. Customers were treated to free coffee and cookies as a thanks for supporting the business, which has been going for over 40 years.