Wadena Council members voted in favor of closing a portion of Dayton Avenue during their regular monthly meeting, citing the majority of community members they spoke with were in favor of closing the section for safety improvements planned at the WDC elementary school.
More signage, more reflectivity and rumble strips are planned to be installed at the intersection of County Road 23 and County Road 9 as a way to give more warning to drivers of what has been a dangerous intersection in the past few months.
Combining the skills of someone who serves and protects with someone who has a desire to help youth was pretty much the exact job description Wadena Police Officer Nick Grabe was looking for. "Being a cop or a teacher have been the only two jobs that I've ever considered," Grabe said.
Fifty-some girls from Girl Scout Troop 46 in Wadena were busy cutting, tieing, drawing, stringing and smiling on Tuesday as they created items they hoped would bring joy to kids in need. The determined group was wrangled by troop leader Stephanie Weigand and several other parents, who knew with a little direction this group of girls could make great things happen. And great things did indeed happen.
For the last 50 years in rural Minnesota, people have had a resource for finding work in the Rural Minnesota CEP (concentrated employment program). One of those people that found work through the program 31 years ago was Dan Wenner, who now serves as the executive director of the organization. Wenner gave a brief presentation to a group of stakeholders and employees last Friday at the Wadena Workforce Center, where the work of getting jobs continues.
During Fire Prevention Week, the Wadena Fire Department hosted an open house Monday, Oct. 8. The open house included demonstrations of a car and kitchen fire. Families were able to walk through a small home and learn about fire prevention as well as what to do in case of a fire. Kids were able meet the fire department staff, climb aboard the fire trucks and take home some fire department goodies.
Proudly displaying their steamroller art are Randy (from left) Les, LeRoy, Nolan and Jon at their home, at Parkwood, an adult foster care home in Wadena. The men visited the Wadena City Library Sept. 15 for a free art class. They chose their designs and paints and a steamroller drove over the medium leaving behind an artwork. The steamroller art was brought to the library by ArtOrg. The men were brought to the event by their friend Ruthie Bodie who works with one of the five Share-A-Homes in Wadena. The men planned to display their art on their bedroom doors.
The Minnesota Department of Education announced Monday that 90 Minnesota public school districts or charter schools were awarded school safety grants to be used for security and violence prevention improvements at 123 building sites across the state. The funds may be used to predesign, design, construct, furnish and equip school facilities, including renovating and expanding existing buildings. The Minnesota Department of Education received a total of 1,187 complete applications, requesting $255.5 million—more than 10 times the available amount of funding.
It seemed fitting the last day Beckman Motschenbacher reported to his mail carrier route in Wadena was an unusually cold day. For the past 16 years, Motschenbacher has been covering the northwest corner of Wadena, and about an hour in the northeast side, walking about 6 miles a day through, rain, sleet, snow, heat and everything else in order to do his job with the United States Post Office. Despite the unwelcome cold that even featured moments of sleet and snow flakes, it was hard to see past the smile on Motschenbacher's face. He was already celebrating his retirement.
Community leaders and interested parties saw why Minnesota State Community and Technical College is rated as one of the top college's in the nation Monday during a tour of the new and improved areas of the M State Wadena campus.