WDC's Back-to-School Open House for grades Pre K-fourth has been moved from WDC Elementary to WDC Middle/High School Gym from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, according to an online post from the school. While it was anticipated the open house could be held in the recently remodeled elementary school, officials said they need a few more days to get settled in before it's ready for students and parents. The building will be ready for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the statement said.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office, agents with the West Central MN Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Bruce Alan Perron, 29, on Aug. 24 on charges relating to felony 1st degree sales of a controlled substance out of Otter Tail County. According to court records, Perron sold 27.76 grams of meth to someone in Otter Tail County. That sale was connected to Perron, the complaint stated.
Business is on the upswing in Wadena as was apparent at the latest regular Wadena City Council meeting. Licenses were approved, demolition and construction projects were underway and other prospective businesses were planning visits to town.
The 13th annual Kruzin 4 Kidz Motorcycle Rally brought out 127 bikes to travel byways between Wadena, Verndale, Bertha and Deer Creek. "It was absolutely fantastic," event treasurer and volunteer Randy Atchley said of the ride. With perfect weather conditions and no accidents among the participants, there was nothing keeping the group from safely raising funds for area youth.
Filing for local races in the 2018 election ended Aug. 14 and some seats brought impressive interest. Wadena-Deer Creek School board Eight have filed for three seats at the WDC School Board. Current board members with expiring terms are Jil Fiemeyer, Ann Pate and Wayne Perkins. As of Aug. 14, Gail Vittetoe, Ryan Damlo, Kevin Klawitter, Peter Hayes, Becca Grieger, Tammy Kircher, Melissa Seelhammer and Ann Pate filed. Fiemeyer and Perkins did not file for reelection. Wadena City Council
A dozen individuals were tasked with assisting in the recounting of Wadena County's 25 voting precincts by hand Wednesday morning at the Wadena County Courthouse. The end result showed no difference from the Aug. 14 results as incumbent Judy Taves missed a spot on the November ballot by just two votes. Following the announcement of no change, Taves thanked all the officials for their work in the recount, which took about six and a half hours to complete. Commenting afterwards, Taves had nothing negative to say about the process.
Staff and school board members viewed a vastly different Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School this week. One that's expected to be complete just before deadline. The transformation that's taken place to about 60 percent of the school means staff and students will walk into a school built in the 1950s, but with mostly new interiors, it will have the feel of a brand new facility.
A Wadena woman is facing two felonies after admitting she shot two dogs earlier this month. Patricia K. Strayer, 57, admitted to shooting the two 8-month old blue heeler mix dogs with a .22-caliber rifle while the owner of the dogs was away camping. Only one of the dogs was found at the owner's home on County Road 75, west of Wadena, in Otter Tail County.
Maybe it was the smoke from the wildfires, maybe the high humidity and temperatures, whatever it was, elements combined for one tasty Saturday at the ninth annual Pig & Wing Challenge at the Wadena County Fairgrounds. The event put on by the Wadena Lion's Club featured teams competing for the top ribs or chicken wings. With temperatures near 90 degrees, a ring of bbq grills, boilers and smokers, it was a steamy gathering only cooled by the liquids pouring from the concessions area.
Hopes and dreams were laid out for the Wadena City Council at the first 2019 budget planning meeting Wednesday, Aug. 8. While members agreed it would be nice to make everyone's dreams come true, the council is faced with a $675,000 deficit in the proposed budget. City administrator Janette Bower said she felt she was playing it safe with the numbers this year as it was her first year on the job. She had few changes to note aside from a 2.5 percent increase to all applicable city employee wages.