Tri-County Health Care's 28th annual February Festival of Health will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at M State Wadena. This is the largest community-wide health fair in the area. This free event offers more than 65 exhibits by local businesses and organizations. Each booth provides hands-on learning and community health, wellness and safety information for all ages. Free health screenings include blood pressure checks, vision screenings and blood glucose tests.
Jan. 11 • Law enforcement received a report of a possible wolf sighting in Wadena County. A search for the animal was carried out but officers were unable to locate it. • A woman who did not speak English well reported her husband was in bed and had a large knife. The "knife" turned out to be a Samurai sword which was sitting in a corner of the man's bedroom. The sword was placed in a closet. Jan. 12
Tri-County Health Care will host its monthly Grief Support Group on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Wesley Conference Room at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena. The group's purpose is to offer understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship and hope to bereaved adults. Anyone who has experienced a loss is invited to attend. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Tri-County Health Care's Medical Social Services at (218) 631-5228 or visit TCHC.org.
Wadena drivers exam station moving Starting Feb. 1, the Wadena exam station will be temporarily moving due to remodeling at the Wadena National Guard Armory.
The following students have been named to the Minnesota State University Moorhead dean's list in recognition of academic achievement fall semester 2017. Students must be in degree-seeking status and maintain a 3.25 or higher grade point average while completing a minimum of 12 graded credits to qualify for the honor: Deer Creek Austin Hendershot. Henning Madison Cichy, Courtney Dague, Emily Erlandson, Jess Lhotak and Paige Weber.
Freshwater Middle School students love their service learning projects. They also like to share their talents with different organizations throughout local and global communities. This year they donated fleece tie blankets to Project Linus, a National Organization with chapters in all 50 states. These donated blankets help bring comfort to children, which some Freshwater students have been impacted by, as they have received blankets themselves.
Bert Jeffery will be missed A week ago Bert Jeffery came by and asked me to submit a tribute he'd written about friend Gary Davis to the Wadena Pioneer Journal. The message was written on whiteboards which Bert used to communicate since his tracheotomy in November. Over the years cancer had invaded much of Bert's body. It had most recently taken his ability to speak, and on Tuesday, Jan. 9, it took his life. But this insidious disease never took Bert's heart. For that exact and infinite reason, his many friends are going to miss this good hearted man.
The Todd County DFL wishes to remind everyone that in 2018 we will be electing selected legislature positions at both the state and federal levels. The process of choosing candidates begins with the precinct caucuses. This year our caucuses will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m. No other educational activities, classes or other public meetings can take place on the evening. It is reserved for grassroots democracy at the precinct level.
The Wadena-Deer Creek robotics team recently participated in 2018 FIRST Robotics kickoff on Jan. 6 at Central Lakes College in Staples. Nicknamed the "Swolverines," the robotics team received their kit of parts to build their robot, as well as learned of their new challenge for 2018 called "Power Up!" Students have six weeks to design, build, program and test their robot to meet the season's engineering challenge.
Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary recently recognized several students for positive behavior as part of the school's PAWS program. They are Addison Ames, Kylie Besett and Blake Butler, Brynn Hathaway, Bryce Hopp, Abby Hovius, Elias Nelson, Ettore Pinnella, Arbrianna Polan, Katelyn Reinke and Logan Seelhammer. PAWS (Positive Always ready Working together Safe) supports positive behavior for students in grades K-4. A student can be nominated by any staff member, not just their teacher. They are nominated for exhibiting positive behavior and helping others.