If employees feel better at work, do they work better? More than likely. What does a healthy work environment look like though? Lots of variations. Safety, healthy food options, walk breaks, stretching, help to quit smoking, time to pause for a moment and breathe, a private spot for nursing mothers returning to work, and the list could go on and on. Yes, the availability and feasibility depends on each business, but there are always possibilities and room for improvements.
School's out for the summer in Wadena and surrounding communities. Some people think of summer as a time to let go of schedules, abandon bed times, sleep in or camp out. Older students may use it as a time to get a job and earn a little extra money for added independence in the months ahead. Still others see it as a time to watch TV, play video games, follow celebrities on Twitter and nap. Unfortunately, summer is also something else. Summer is a time of learning loss for students. As much as one-third of what was learned during the previous academic year in school is lost.
Adult survivors of suicide loss support group to meet June 16 Tri-County Health Care has an adult survivors of suicide loss support group to help those in the area affected by suicide. The monthly support group will meet on Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care. The monthly adult survivors of suicide loss support group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care.
Thanks for the help Many thanks to the young people who came and raked our yard and spread mulch on my flower gardens. Our community is fortunate to have such caring and helpful young people. Thank you again for the second year in a row. Pat and Nick Schmitz, Wadena
The following students were named to the second semester, 2014-15 Dean's List at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. The list includes 322 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale. Sebeka Paul Schmitt
Paul Schmitt, Sebeka, graduated from St. Mary's University of Minnesota on May 9. Saint Mary's conferred 224 bachelor degrees at its 90th commencement exercises.
Harper Anderson Harper Delaney Anderson, girl, was born on May 18 to Erin and Mitchell Anderson of New York Mills. She weighed 9 lbs. and was 22 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Shaneen Schmidt at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. Proud grandparents are Jerry and Pat Anderson, David and Cindy Delaney and great grandma Zoe Gilbertson. Proud siblings are Easton, Crew and Sawyer. Julia Sharpe Julia Miryam Sharpe, girl, was born April 19 to Katharine and Josh Sharpe of New Brighton. She weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz and was 19 inches long.
The 2015 Wadena County Fair brings back some of last year's popular entertainment while adding one day to the fair. The 122nd annual fair starts Wednesday, June 24 and ends Sunday, June 28. It has grown in recent years since the grounds were rehabilitated after the 2010 tornado. Live bands will play for three nights of the fair this year. "The Farmer's Daughters" play Thursday, June 25, "Lost Highway" performs Friday, June 26 and "Switch" will play Saturday, June 27. Midwest Rides will provide carnival rides at this summer's fair.
Gabi Ross, Autumn Grasswick and Maggie Carlson, piano students of a local music instructor Julia Whynott, earned the highest scores in the final Minnesota Music Teachers Association State Piano Contest. They were selected for the ensemble performance in the State Honors Concert, which is a gala event involving 700 young performers playing on 20 grand pianos in ensemble groups. The concert will take place in June at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The following student(s) were among 980 who graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College during commencement ceremonies in May: Bertha Chelsey Farber, Practical Nursing-AAS Medley Shamp, Nursing-AS (Advanced Standing) Deer Creek Greg Welch, HVAC/R Hewitt Kayla Fah, Practical Nursing-AAS Michael Grewe, Electrical Lineworker Technology-AAS Patrick Hall, CISCO Networking-Certificate Menahga Tamar Aho, Liberal Arts & Sciences-AA Elizabeth Anderson, Liberal Arts & Sciences-AA, Beth Byman, Nursing-AS, Medical Adm