Wadena County election coordinator Joy Weyer informed the Wadena County Commissioners Tuesday, Oct. 30 that a ballot error is being resolved. When residents of Shell River Township and the city of Nimrod opened their ballots Oct. 20, many knew there was an error. Their ballots contained candidates from other precincts. "It was human error," Weyer said. The vendor creating the ballots was off by a number, resulting in the wrong ballots being mailed to two of the three mail-in precincts in the county.
VERNDALE—A Republican-heavy panel of 2018 election candidates descended on the Verndale Lions Community Center, Tuesday, Oct. 23, to answer questions of the public and the local electric cooperative.
As more Americans choose cremation, a local cemetery chose to offer a place for the public to securely keep and view loved one's cremains. That place is called a columbarium and is often in the form of a room, building or wall structure that contains niches where the urns can be kept. According to Sam Goddard, president of the Wadena Cemetery Association, the decision to add the columbarium came as it becomes clear, space is getting tighter on the grounds and the expense of a traditional burial is out of reach for some.
Plans and a possible price tag were presented last week for the proposed new Wadena City Library.
The Wadena County Humane Society is starting a building project with another one possibly just a wag of a tail away as they look to continue to grow their work of saving dogs and cats.
Ballots sent to mail-in precincts in Shell River Township and the city of Nimrod in Wadena County on Saturday contained incorrect information. Some jurisdictions in Minnesota hold elections by mail instead of voting at polling places. In Wadena County, that includes Shell River Township, the city of Nimrod and the city Aldrich. Joy Weyer, Wadena County election coordinator said the city of Aldrich ballot is correct but the other two contained incorrect information. The problem is now being resolved.
An open house for the new Wadena utility building on County Road 4 allowed staff to show off the buildings efficiencies and allow the community to improve their own energy use. The new building sports a 80 foot by 60 foot shop area and 50 foot by 60 foot office. It also has a 20 foot by 160 foot lean to for additional storage of items that can remain outdoors. Walking through the shop area guests noticed the entire building is lit by LED lights that are motion activated. Inside are about 18 spaces for vehicles and equipment to be parked.
For the first time in over 30 years, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association was considering not putting out those orange boxes across the state looking for hide donations. After announcing the decision to take a year off, the organization made an agreement with a fur buyer last week to continue the program once more. So, yes, you can again expect to see the boxes coming soon.
A local sewing entrepreneur has taken her business to the next level and is now offering her creations and expertise out of her new business, Kiki's Kreations. Kris Tesch opened her store location Monday, Oct. 15, in the basement level of the Wadena Family Dental building at 122 Colfax Ave. SW. "I've been sewing for over 50 years," Tesch said.
Renovation work at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School continues and workers are planning for a full schedule during MEA break, according to school Superintendent Lee Westrum. Westrum and Damian Williams, project manager at ICS Consulting shared progress updates during the regular school board meeting Monday, Oct. 15. Over $8 million of the $15 million project has been spent "well over 50 percent, so there's no turning back now," Williams said laughing.