U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Collin Peterson, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Wadena Municipal Airport a grant of $565,906 for safety improvements. "As our airports continue to serve our communities, it's critical we make investments so they can provide the services Minnesotans rely on," Klobuchar said. "Today's investment will help to do that while also supporting local jobs in Wadena."
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office and Staples Police Department located a missing Staples man after asking for the public's assistance in locating him. Richard Boatman, 50, of Staples, was reported missing Saturday after last being seen sometime in the evening on Thursday, Aug.18. Law enforcement was looking to check his welfare. Also assisting in the search efforts were the Cass County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Broderick to speak at An Open Book Sept. 3 Richard Broderick, author of "Jesus of Walmart," is coming to An Open Book in Wadena on Saturday, Sept. 3 for a reading and signing. The event is scheduled to go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Speeding Michael James Aho, 29, Rindge, N.H., 40/30, fees $130. Marci Ann Burkel, 51, Menahga, 65/55, fees $130. Stetson Michael Burkman, 21, Farmington, 73/55, fees $150. Thomas Cevelius Bylander, 35, Hugo, 75/65, fees $130. Jason Michael Dickman, 43, Little Falls, 41/30, fees $140. Paul Harold Dickman, 36, Maple Grove, 74/65, fees $130. Chad Christian Erickson, 36, Park Rapids, 65/55, fees $130. Linnea Hensley Hercke, 50, Highland Ranch, Colo., 75/65, fees $130.
Suicide has immensely affected rural communities and has left an enormous impact on many families. The Never.Give.Up. Suicide Awareness and Prevention non-profit has a mission to raise money for suicide prevention and awareness education; to support those who suffer so they will Never.Give.Up. The group was started after the suicide of Peggy Havnes' 16-year-old son Kyle Kenyon in 2012. In hindsight, the family recognized a need for education about preventing suicide.
The Wadena Pioneer Journal welcomed new publisher Jason Miller to its team last week. Miller has years of experience working for Forum Communications Company, starting in The Forum's sports department in 1999. He worked as a sports editor, deputy editor and presentation editor for The Forum during that time. Most recently, he was the manager of Forum Communications' Design Center. In his new role, he will oversee operations at the Pioneer Journal and Perham Focus.
The Minnesota Summit for Greater Learning and Leading Summit brought 23 school districts and over 250 educators from across Minnesota for this first time, two-day educational conference. The event featured nine national speakers who painted a picture of a compelling vision for the future of schools. The theme of the summit focused on standards-based instruction and grading. According to one educator, the summit included "A lot of great ideas presented in ways that made sense. Realistic, bite-sized steps were presented so it didn't seem as overwhelming as it could have been."
The Staples Motley Chamber of Commerce will be holding the 2016 Railroad Days Celebration Aug. 25-28 in Staples. The celebration starts Thursday, Aug. 25 with the Little Red Caboose Variety Show at 7 p.m. at Centennial Auditorium. Each day is packed with many activities planned for all age levels. Some of the popular events of Friday, Aug. 26 include Lakewood Health System's Golf Classic, the fireworks, Twisted Sisters Car Show, Legacy Garden's Ice Cream Social and the Ag Center Field Day.
Four Wadena residents have filed for three vacancies on Wadena-Deer Creek's School Board. The deadline to file was Aug. 16. Board member/incumbent Kent Schmidt has filed to run again. He's been on the board since 2012. In addition to Schmidt, the following candidates filed petitions to run for WDC's School Board in the Nov. 8 general election: Ryan Damlo, Vince Hinojos and Dan Lawson, all of Wadena.
St. Paul seems to be holding its customary winter celebration in August. The state Capitol remains frozen in dysfunction as Gov. Mark Dayton and the legislative leaders of both parties continue their slow-motion - glacial - feud over the tax and bonding bills. The ice palace now has crumbled with the collapse of talks on taxes and a bonding bill. Dayton announced that he will not call a special session. As a result, Minnesotans will not benefit from $500 million in tax cuts or almost $1 billion in public works projects, including a much-needed traffic underpass in Moorhead.