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.
Can cowboys and pirates really work together to foil a villain, to talk about feelings and to start a new international business venture? You'll find the answers by attending the last show of the 2018 Melodrama Dinner Theatre season at the Old Town Bar & Grill Event Center in Clitherall.
Wadena County commissioners approved an assistant county attorney stipend request Tuesday during the regular county commission meeting on the heels of a similar request from Wadena County Human Services last month. The request comes from a mandate from the state that child protection employees be compensated for on-call staffing. While 24-hour coverage has been provided in the past, county attorney employees have not been compensated comp time or overtime.
Two locals brought forth plans and ideas for added green space in Wadena's commercial districts at a recent park board meeting.
Super One Foods manager Jim Walz has been getting some extra attention since word got out that Super One Foods will be getting a brand new store, in its former location on the southside of the BNSF railroad. "They're not just a little excited," Walz said. Many have told him how excited they are about the return of a grocery store to the south side of the tracks. The announcement came as crews began demolishing the interior of the old business on Monday, Aug. 13. Loads and loads of old metal bracing, sheetrock and other debris were being tossed from the entrances Wednesday.
Current Wadena County auditor/treasurer Judy Taves is requesting a recount in her narrow loss Tuesday night to Brian Hagen for a spot on the General election ballot. The Primary election unofficial results for the Wadena County auditor/treasurer seat showed Heather Olson by a wide margin (38.45 percent) and Hagen beating out Taves by just two votes (392 to 390) as of Tuesday night. Two candidates move on from the Primary election to the General in November.
The 25 precincts in Wadena County let their voices be heard during the 2018 Primary Election. Wadena County's big race involved five candidates for the auditor/treasurer seat. Unofficial results show the top two moving on to the General Election are Heather Olson and Brian Hagen, both Verndale residents. Incumbent Judy Taves was behind by just two votes (.1 percent). Results are as follows: Wadena County Wadena County Auditor/Treasurer Curtis Kreklau Jr.- 231 (11.5 percent) Stacy Smagacz - 223 (11.11 percent)
Lessons have been learned for centuries at a site tucked along the Crow Wing River north of Staples known as Old Wadena. Possibly more lessons were learned than ever before during this year's Old Wadena Rendezvous, which featured Chautauqua workshops. A Chautauqua is any of various traveling shows and local assemblies that flourished in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that provided popular education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts, and plays, and that were modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution of western New York.
Wadena County Human Services provides 24-hour response to emergency child protection situations. County policy and procedures now reflects the changes following approval from the Wadena County commissioners at their July 31 meeting.