Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents "Water Quality and You" by Sharon Natzel at Armory Square in Park Rapids from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Natzel is president of the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (HC COLA). HC COLA has just completed its 20th year of water quality testing in Hubbard County in partnership with the Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District so attendees will learn the results of the monitoring and see charts of trends.
As the 2016 Christmas season has concluded, GP Anderson, creator of the "Christmas in Wadena" animated light show, gathered up food and monetary gifts to bring to Project Share of Wadena, the local food shelf in Wadena. A check for $1,158.53 was handed to Alice Houle, volunteer of the Wadena Food Shelf along with 336 pounds of food. Over the past nine years, Christmas in Wadena has collected more than 3,034 pounds of food and $11,019.06 for the food shelf.
Wadena-Deer Creek's chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) had eight members participate in the Region 6 contest recently at the M State — Detroit Lakes campus. WDC students who placed in the top three and qualified for state are: • Laura Guaglini: first in Entrepreneurship. • Derek Plautz: second in Computer Security. • Bereket Loer, Lucas Hinojos, Cole Pearson, Jerry Wang: second for Web Site Team.
The ninth annual Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger event, held Jan. 28, at Thumper Pond in Ottertail, was deemed a success by organizers of the annual fundraiser, with nearly 200 guests who attended the event to raise more than $100,000 to end hunger in Otter Tail County. "I'm gob smacked — and very excited, " said event Chair, Arne Gudmestad when the night's totals came in.
Human remains found at scene of fire near Cloquet Human remains were found Friday in the ruins of a home that burned the previous night along Minnesota Highway 33 north of Cloquet. It was the second fire fatality in the area on Thursday; one person died in a fire earlier in the day in Hermantown. The Thursday night fire destroyed a home and garage at 3912 Highway 33, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Multiple fire departments responded to reports of the home fully engulfed in flames just after 8 p.m. Thursday.
Jan. 27 Deputies were requested to handle some unruly students. The situation was calm when the deputies arrived. A caller reported strange tire tracks and footprints near the garages which had not been there the night before. He requested that a deputy "swing by." A disorderly person in the lobby of the Wadena County law enforcement center at 10:50 p.m. was arrested.
The 27th annual February Festival of Health event was well attended by people of all ages at M-State, Wadena campus on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Candace Simar is the author of the Spur Award-winning Abercrombie Trail series: Abercrombie Trail, Pomme de Terre, Birdie and Blooming Prairie. A life-long Minnesotan of Scandinavian heritage, she nurtures a passion for history and the way things might have been. Simar is this month's featured author at Book Ends, a monthly program connecting writers with readers. She has been invited to Wadena Book Ends, the monthly meet-the-author event hosted by An Open Book, welcomes Simar to Wadena Saturday. The event is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at The Uptown in Wadena.
Louise Nolte, Sebeka, received high honors at UW-Stevens Point. High honor citations go to those with grade point averages from 3.75 to 3.89. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point honored more than 2,480 undergraduate students for attaining high grade point averages during the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year.
Kirstan Finn, a junior at Wadena-Deer Creek School, has advanced to the state MMTA (Minnesota Music Teachers Association) competition. She participated in the district contest jan. 21 in Alexandria. Finn, the daughter of Jodee and Mike Finn, performed "Storm Chasers" by Olson. The state competition will be held March 11-12 in the Ferguson Hall at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Finn is the piano student of Alice Gronlund, Sebeka.