A rural Wadena man continues to have a great faith in humanity after momentarily losing $4,000 cash and his phone last week at the Wadena Walmart. Steven Harris said he was out shopping for dog food over Labor Day weekend at Walmart where he apparently set his possessions down and walked out of the busy store. He stopped at another nearby store, Dollar Tree, and attempted to buy more merchandise when he realized he no longer had his phone or billfold. "At first I was just kind of freaking out," Harris said.
Minnesota Power experienced a power outage in the city of Verndale starting at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, affecting about 338 customers as well as the Verndale Public School. Power was restored to the community at 6:45 p.m. according to Amy Rutledge, Minnesota Power's manager of corporate communications. Minnesota Power workers were on site at the substation to the north of Hwy 10 and said, at about 2:30 p.m., that they were troubleshooting at the site, with no obvious problems seen at first surveying the station.
Minnesota Power experienced a power outage in the city of Verndale starting at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, affecting about 338 residents as well as the Verndale Public School. According to an outage map, provided by Minnesota Power, the outage was expected to continue until 5 p.m. at first review. Minnesota Power workers were on site at the substation to the north of Hwy 10 and said, at about 2:30 p.m., that they were troubleshooting at the site, with no obvious problems seen at first surveying the station.
After months of gleaning through a dozen different plans to expand parking and improve student safety, the Wadena-Deer Creek school board unanimously brought forth a plan that includes vacating a portion of Dayton Ave. on the south side of the elementary school.
The 2018 Whiskey Creek Film Festival has a simple rule: screen critically recognized films in current theatrical release not usually shown in theaters in rural Minnesota. So far that's been a successful formula for the Wadena event. That's what you can expect out of the 14th annual festival running Sept. 14-20 at the historic Cozy Theatre in downtown Wadena. The festival includes eight films: "BlacKkKlansman," "Blindspotting," "Eighth Grade," "The Rider," "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," "Leave No Trace," "Alpha" and "Farmer of the Year."
The Wadena City Council saw a drastic change to the 2019 budget at their second planning meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28, going from $675,000 over budget to just under $100,000 over. Thoughts on a way to balance the budget and save for the future were also discussed. City administrator Janette Bower told council members she went through the budget line by line and slashed many of the major capital expenses, bringing the budget to about $99,000 in the red. But a plan to bond for fire department equipment could balance the budget and allow for the requested equipment.
It's been known for some time that Ortons BP in Wadena would be closing to make way for the reconstruction of Hwy 10. Nonetheless, news of the store closing Sept. 9 was still a shock to many. Tuesday morning, traffic was steady as people filled up on coffee, breakfast and fresh petrol. Customers were treated to free coffee and cookies as a thanks for supporting the business, which has been going for over 40 years.
Sometimes accidents have happy endings. The staff at Wadena's Walmart happened upon an accidental order of $14,000 in infant clothing—a heaping pallet full of onesies and other clothes for those 0-24 months in age. "Our company made a happy accident," store manager John Wakeman confessed as he shared what happened next.
New was the buzz word on the first day of school at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. New students met new teachers. They all took in the newly remodeled classrooms, bathrooms and cafeteria. New grass was starting to pop from fresh seeds scattered around the schools construction areas, thanks to some much welcome rain that fell over the weekend. More fell throughout the first day of school, causing students to rush inside to avoid soaking their new backpacks filled with new school supplies.
Farming has always been in the blood of Ray and Lisa Cochran, operators of the Red Hen Ranch north of Bluegrass. Ray grew up on a dairy farm, while Lisa can recall farrowing pigs at age 5.