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Toby's Hill, a popular sledding spot for Wadena kids, is reaching for the sky, getting a little higher with excess soil from the U.S. Highway 71 reconstruction project. The city plans to raise the hill about three to four feet for the winter sledders, according to Public Works Director Ron Bucholz. They're hopeful the slopes will be stabilized for this winter's sledding season. Toby's Hill, the Industrial Park and the old city airport were all identified as locations where the contractor could place excess fill from the street project, Bucholz said.
After months of discussion, the Wadena County Board decided 4-1 to reopen the Verndale highway garage and end its practice of housing snow plow equipment in a city of Staples garage. The decision didn't resolve the confusion, however, over issues that have been discussed since commissioner Rodney Bounds and Ralph Miller first brought up the subject in February. While the controversy has centered on whether it cost the county more money to operate the Verndale garage or to rent space in Staples, the biggest concern expressed at Tuesday night's 7 p.m.
Melony Butler didn't say goodbye when her husband deployed to Iraq in 2004. She didn't say goodbye when two of her sons deployed either. "None of us are good at goodbyes," she said. "We say, 'we'll see you later.'" Send-offs and welcome homes are the milestones of Butler's life as a military wife and mother. Butler, 42, raised a flag over her Deer Creek home when her husband, Blaine, 35, left for Iraq in 2004. She raised another flag when son, Cody McManigle, 23, deployed shortly after Blaine's return.
Whether it's made from a rope looped around a tree or a slab of rubber chained to a metal bar, a swing is just the thing to take summer into fall. I was reminded of how much I enjoy swinging while taking a walk through Tapley Park Sunday evening. The shiny new swing set surrounded with a pebbly foundation tempted me for a ride. I hopped on and in a few seconds was soaring through the air. The chain was cool, but I soon got warmed up. It's amazing how the simple gesture of leaning back with your legs extended can quickly get you airborne.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 2, 2004 Pioneer Journal Boys plead guilty to driver assault Two juveniles pleaded guilty to first-degree assault after attacking a transport driver from the Moorhead juvenile detention center June 7.
The deteriorating Peterson Biddick building is closer to being demolished after the county agreed to waive delinquent taxes on the property and land fill tipping fees for demolished materials. Wadena Economic Development Director Dean Uselman requested the fees be waived to allow the Wadena Development Authority and the Wadena Housing and Redevelopment Authority to purchase the property and sell it to the Buckwheat Growers Association. "The county, the city, the school have all shared in the benefits of Peterson Biddick Co.," Uselman said.
Staying put is the best thing to do if you get lost in the woods, Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr said. It's human nature to want to get out, but for some reason, people tend to walk in circles when they get lost. Law enforcement will come looking for you once they're notified you're missing, Carr said. The sheriff's department set up a search and rescue team immediately for Joyce Lake July 30 with a mobile command. They used a grid pattern for the search and people combed the woods walking six to seven feet apart, he said.
Prayer, a handful of blueberries and the comfort of a rope handle on her picking bucket were Joyce Lake's only sustenance during a day lost in a bog this summer. "I'd say 'God, you promised me you wouldn't give me anything more than I can handle,'" Lake recalled. "I felt no peace and I thought 'well, maybe this is where I'm supposed to end my life.' I really thought I might not make it out of there." It was a beautiful morning July 30 when Lake entered the woods looking for blueberries that have become elusive in recent years.