The Highway 10 reconstruction project in Wadena is still scheduled to begin in 2019, however someone's got their foot on the brake. The project was scheduled to begin reconstruction in 2018, then 2019, and now it could be 2020 before construction comes to completion. Rumors were abounding throughout Wadena in the last week that the project had been pushed off another few months, or another two years and even some speculation as to whether the project would ever happen.
Wadena County commissioners approved allowing Nimrod Boosters to sell intoxicating liquor at their upcoming Nimrod Bull Bash Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. That's unique because, as far as could be remembered, Wadena County has not issued a temporary liquor license to an unlicensed group like this before. Wadena County auditor/treasurer Judy Taves said that public health did visit the site and approved the food side of things for the event. The group applied for the temporary permit in an absence of a licensed catering group this year.
The 18th annual Central Minnesota Camp Madhatter set up shop in the FEMA gym at the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School for the last two weeks. Campers shared their experiences over many years of attendance in the event, which they said was like nothing else. "It's always something new," according to Alex Gould who has been coming to camp for 10 years. "There's no other camp like this one that I can think of."
Filing for local races in the 2018 election started July 31 and several interested candidates have filed prior to the Aug. 14 deadline. Wadena City Council The seats of Mayor George Deiss and council members Bruce Uselman and Deb Wiese are up for election in the city of Wadena. As of Tuesday Mayor George Deiss and Bruce Uselman filed for re-election. The mayor seat is a two-year term; and two council member seats, have four-year terms each, expiring Dec. 31, 2022.
Most voters heading out to voting sites in Wadena County Aug. 14 will see some technological changes in the way they vote. Wadena County commissioners approved earlier in the year buying new voting machines and poll pads in an effort to keep up with an ever changing election process. The devices, according to Wadena County auditor/treasurer Judy Taves, might not speed up the registration process much, but it has its benefits, including better privacy and less dependence on reading handwriting.
While he wasn't up to his elbows in grease, Sam Kelderman has been at the heart of a project two young men took on involving an incredible engine that will help others start a career in the technology and engineering field. Kelderman liked things that were fast. In high school he was known for enjoying a ride on his snowmobile or an ATV. In 2016, Sam and best friend Brady Adams brought some engine parts to the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School to technology and engineering teacher Mike Shrode. They were the makings for something fast and powerful.
What you'll see The primary ballot consists of two sections, first the partisan section, where you can vote for two U.S. Senators, U.S. Representative, Minnesota State Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Minnesota Attorney General, Minnesota State Auditor, Minnesota Secretary of State, and Minnesota State Representatives. The second section includes the non-partisan section, which consists of local seats. These include: County auditor/treasurer Brian Hagen Curtis Kreklau Jr. Heather R. Olson Stacy Smagacz Judy Taves (incumbent)
A report of a rollover brought a large response from area emergency personnel Monday at about 4:45 p.m. The incident occured south of Wadena on Hwy 71, but turned out to be a medical situation, according to responders on the scene. The driver was southbound and went into the east ditch, traveling through nearly 80 yards of cattails according to Wadena Police Sgt. Brandon Pearson.
The 18th annual Central Minnesota Camp Madhatter may not be in its normal place at Memorial Auditorium, but as they say, the show must go on. Due to construction at the Memorial Auditorium this summer, the show was moved to the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School, but because the gym floor was being refinished, they made their home at the FEMA gym behind the main gym. And campers seemed pleased to practice anywhere. "It's always something new," according to Alex Gould who has been coming to camp for 10 years. "There's no other camp like this one that I can think of."
Five candidates are vying for the seat of Wadena County auditor/treasurer. Here's a bit about each one to help you make your choice in the primary election Aug. 14. The major functions of the office of auditor/treasurer include the accounting functions and creation of financial statements, calculation and collection of property taxes for all jurisdictions in the county, administering elections, and managing the county's investments, according to the county's job description. Candidates are listed in order as they will appear on the ballot. Heather Olson