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.
For many years Scott Woods has had a passion for real estate and he recently took on the title of realtor, along with his long list of other jobs. Woods is a husband, father, teacher, coach, house painter and since May, he's been a realtor with Counselor Realty Inc. of Alexandria. Counselor Realty has offices in Alexandria and according to Woods, is the No. 1 home seller in the Alexandria area. With Woods coming on board and his extensive time living and working in the Wadena community, he was a natural fit to expand sales into the Wadena region.
On Sunday, Aug. 26 , the sister churches of Zion Free Lutheran Church of Wadena and the Bethany Free Lutheran Church of Bluegrass shared a special event at their Parish Picnic at Tapley Park in Wadena. They gathered to support and to fellowship together as Christians and to give thanks to God Almighty for another year of faithful ministry.
The cost of high quality, live entertainment can be high enough to deter many from enjoying the arts available in local theaters. But imagine paying one flat rate, basically the cost of just one show, and imagine that cost covers entry to over 20 top-notch performances in the region. Sound like a good deal? That's a reality coming true with a recent deal made available by the Wadena Area Concert Association (WACA).
A plan to resolve the water issues around the Wadena County Fair commercial building 1 and in front of the beer garden was recently approved by Wadena County Commissioners. The proposal is to pave the entire area and drain it to the new valley gutter (approved by the board last year) that was recently completed by the Todd-Wadena Sentence to Serve crew. The plan was not budgeted for but would be taken from the non-levied building fund. At a cost of $32,120, it would include a 3-inch layer of bituminous over about 19,470 square feet of ground. All commissioners were in favor.
A second round of funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) shows that a statewide program designed to help reduce the lack of access many Minnesotans have to healthy and affordable foods continues to be very popular with food retailers and others throughout the state.
A collision between two vehicles Tuesday afternoon brought severe injuries to two drivers north of Bluegrass.
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.