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The Wadena City Council agreed to try moving the meeting open to public item from being last on its monthly meeting agenda to a regular time of 6:30 p.m. Mayor Wayne Wolden suggested a time change to allow more people an opportunity to comment without having to wait through the entire council meeting. "I think it would encourage more people coming to the council, voicing what issues they might have," he said. He suggested moving it to the front or just before the meeting. The council generally does not take action on items from that portion of the meeting, Wolden said.
Larson Excavating Contractors, Inc. of Holdingford was awarded the low bid for the U.S. Highway 71 project at $1,127,113.68. Fifteen contractors put in a bid for the utility and street improvement project from Franklin Avenue to Lincoln Avenue. Larson plans to bring three underground crews and expects to have the project completed by mid to late October, said Jade Berube of Ulteig Engineers. They plan to start by the end of August. "They want to get it done in 60 days," he said. "Can they do it?
Wadena-Deer Creek students rated proficient in reading and math in the latest MCA II testing but did not make the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in special education for the second year in a row. Under the federal government's "No Child Left Behind" Act, a school failing to make AYP to years in a row is designated a district in need of improvement. A district improvement team will be looking at the available assessment information to determine strengths and challenges.
The Murals of Minnesota project is an asset to Wadena, according to city council members. It's an asset, however, whose ambiguous ownership has raised questions about future art displays.
Karla Richardson of Verndale retired her Army uniform after 21 years in active duty. She doesn't wear her sergeant first class insignia anymore, but she still serves the military. This time it's on top a Honda VTX 1300 in jeans, a tank top, boots and a leather vest with the Patriot Guard Riders logo. Richardson is a senior ride captain with the Minnesota Patriot Guard and leads missions to honor fallen soldiers and veterans. "Once an NCO, always an NCO," she said.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 20, 2004 Pioneer Journal Six youths hurt on fair rides Six kids were injured when the Frolic ride broke down at the Wadena County Fair Friday. None of the injuries were serious, Sheriff Mike Carr said. The ride was last inspected Aug. 11, right before the fair. 10 years ago Excerpts from the Aug.
Wadena County Public Health Director Karen Nelson told commissioners she may need county employees from other departments to help during the mass dispensing of the H1N1 vaccine if the vaccine is given a green light this fall. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the go ahead, a first shipment of approximately 1,629 doses of vaccine should arrive around Oct.
Murals of Minnesota organizer Dave Evert, left, gives a group of mayors and their wives a tour last Friday of the art that lines Wadena's alleys. From left, Sarah Stiehm, Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm, Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, Judy Brede and Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden. The mayors were attending a conference prior to stopping in Wadena to see the murals. Ardell Brede is the president of the League of Minnesota Cities. Tom Stiehm said he wanted to see if this is something that could be down in Austin's downtown, which is undergoing a mainstreet improvement project.