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.
Sometimes accidents have happy endings. The staff at Wadena's Walmart happened upon an accidental order of $14,000 in infant clothing—a heaping pallet full of onesies and other clothes for those 0-24 months in age. "Our company made a happy accident," store manager John Wakeman confessed as he shared what happened next.
New was the buzz word on the first day of school at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. New students met new teachers. They all took in the newly remodeled classrooms, bathrooms and cafeteria. New grass was starting to pop from fresh seeds scattered around the schools construction areas, thanks to some much welcome rain that fell over the weekend. More fell throughout the first day of school, causing students to rush inside to avoid soaking their new backpacks filled with new school supplies.
Farming has always been in the blood of Ray and Lisa Cochran, operators of the Red Hen Ranch north of Bluegrass. Ray grew up on a dairy farm, while Lisa can recall farrowing pigs at age 5.
For many years Scott Woods has had a passion for real estate and he recently took on the title of realtor, along with his long list of other jobs. Woods is a husband, father, teacher, coach, house painter and since May, he's been a realtor with Counselor Realty Inc. of Alexandria. Counselor Realty has offices in Alexandria and according to Woods, is the No. 1 home seller in the Alexandria area. With Woods coming on board and his extensive time living and working in the Wadena community, he was a natural fit to expand sales into the Wadena region.
On Sunday, Aug. 26 , the sister churches of Zion Free Lutheran Church of Wadena and the Bethany Free Lutheran Church of Bluegrass shared a special event at their Parish Picnic at Tapley Park in Wadena. They gathered to support and to fellowship together as Christians and to give thanks to God Almighty for another year of faithful ministry.
The cost of high quality, live entertainment can be high enough to deter many from enjoying the arts available in local theaters. But imagine paying one flat rate, basically the cost of just one show, and imagine that cost covers entry to over 20 top-notch performances in the region. Sound like a good deal? That's a reality coming true with a recent deal made available by the Wadena Area Concert Association (WACA).
A plan to resolve the water issues around the Wadena County Fair commercial building 1 and in front of the beer garden was recently approved by Wadena County Commissioners. The proposal is to pave the entire area and drain it to the new valley gutter (approved by the board last year) that was recently completed by the Todd-Wadena Sentence to Serve crew. The plan was not budgeted for but would be taken from the non-levied building fund. At a cost of $32,120, it would include a 3-inch layer of bituminous over about 19,470 square feet of ground. All commissioners were in favor.
A second round of funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) shows that a statewide program designed to help reduce the lack of access many Minnesotans have to healthy and affordable foods continues to be very popular with food retailers and others throughout the state.