Menahga teachers have positive impact with literacy efforts I'd like to take a moment to celebrate the excellent efforts of our teachers in Menahga. As literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps for Menahga Elementary I see firsthand the great work they are doing to shape the futures of the children of our community. I also know the reality facing today's students. According to data from 2013 state standardized tests, one in three of Minnesota third graders are not reading at grade level.
Spring is finally here! After a long and cold winter, Minnesotans are anxious to spend more time in the outdoors. Central Minnesota Lyme Awareness (CMLA) group reminds everyone that deer ticks, which transmit Lyme disease and other co-infections, become more active when temperatures are above 35 degrees. One tick bite may transmit over a dozen diseases including Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and other tick-borne illnesses. Lyme disease is widespread and is found in over 65 countries worldwide.
Caleb Monson and Presley Sleyster of the Wadena-Deer Creek FFA chapter served on the Region II FFA nominating committee to select a slate of FFA Region II officers for the 2014-2015 school year. Region II FFA is comprised of 18 schools from the northeast corner of the state. FFA members from these 18 schools were selected by their own chapters to serve on this committee. Officer candidates were asked questions on leadership, FFA knowledge, ability to serve, and parliamentary procedure. They also conducted group activities to select officers.
"Love or fear: which motivates us more?" will be debated at the 22nd annual Great American Think-Off at the New York Mills School in New York Mills on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Essays have been received from around the country, and this year's final four hail from Minnesota. All essays are read by a committee and all are unidentified by author, location, and any other identifying information. Call (218) 385-3339 to reserve your tickets. Arguing that fear motivates us more, Jason Steck is an attorney, currently serving as a judicial law clerk for Judge John P.
As Fishing The Midwest enters its third decade of television, there will be some changes. Bob Jensen and Mike Frisch selected Whiskey Creek Media to produce 13 episodes for the 2015 season. Jenson and Frisch promise to keep depicting fishing as it really happens, but are excited to team up with an up-and-comer in the world of outdoor media. Whiskey Creek Media founder and CEO Erik Osberg says this is a "Dream come true! I've been wanted to help produce a fishing show since I was 10 years old.
Individuals concerned about water quality and soil erosion in Wadena County should consider filing by June 3 to run for the position of supervisor of the Wadena Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). "Supervisors play an important role in how our community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, soil erosion, ground water, and forestry," noted Darren Newville, District Manager with the Wadena SWCD.
Lisa Marie Jackson, 35, Ogema, Minn., warrant: theft. Timothy Shawn McCracking, 36, Crosby, warrant: traffic violation. Joseph Michael Bromen, 26, New York Mills, warrant: contempt of court. Kamy Ann Puckett, 32, Perham, warrant: traffic violation.
To the city of Wadena and surrounding communities: JD Formanek and Co. Inc (Jim and Traci Formanek) have sold The Uptown to new owners Adam and Kyle Hagen. Collectively we are very excited for the next chapter in The Uptown's over 40 year history. The final paperwork will be completed on May 25 and I will be closing for inventory and removal of personal property on the night of Friday, May 16. When Traci and I moved to town in 1994 we knew this was the area we wanted to raise a family and work in.
Another shoe dropped last week on a story that seems to have more feet than a centipede. The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered railroads to send states estimates of how much oil moves through their borders in railroad tank cars. The order was prompted by a "pattern of releases and fires involving petroleum crude oil shipments originating in the Bakken" oil play in North Dakota and Montana. It's an emergency order. DOT recognizes that the danger of volatile Bakken crude, in combination with older tank cars that rupture in derailments, is a public safety emergency.
Speeding Colin Stewart Brownlow, 56, Apple Valley, 72/60, fees $140. Daniel Alan Dettlaff, 55, Laporte, 55/45, fees $130. Amy Jo Furey, 34, Blaine, 75/65, fees $130. Amy Jo Furey, 34, Blaine, 75/65, fees $130. Robert Delmer Peterson, 22, Wadena, 43/30, fees $140. Traffic Court Joshua Elias Andersen, 29, Hewitt, seat belt, fees $115. Darick Victor Bartel, 20, Motley, ATV registration, fees $115. Donna Lou Bates, 73, Wadena, failure to stop at sign, fees $140. Stewart Grahm Castle, 38, Minneapolis, passing on the right, fees $75. Cole Wayne Cottre