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Cloudy skies kept the breeze cool but didn't rain on the Deer Trails Day parade in Deer Creek Saturday. Fist fulls of candy were the only showers that came down as parade participants emptied buckets of sweets on the street for eager children to gather. Grand Marshals Frank and Lila Tranby led a procession of fire trucks, floats, pageant queens and tractors. Other events held at the annual summer event included church bake sales, a flower show, water wars by the Deer Creek Fire Department, bed races and an all-school reunion in the evening.
Defending state champion Gregory Michael of Miltona won the Colgate Country Showdown in Wadena Saturday night by performing an original song and a Brad Paisley favorite. He will represent Superstation K-106 in the state competition. Eleven-year-old Devon Worley of Plymouth, Minn., was runner up. Kayla Stelzer of Menahga will represent KWAD/KNSP in the state contest after winning in Sebeka Friday night. Janie Marie was runner up.
The Wadena City Council approved trimming revenue expectations by nearly $30,000 at Whitetail Run Golf Course for 2009 due to the slow economy. The council also approved a series of budget adjustments to cut expenses. City Administrator Brad Swenson worked with golf course manager Kevin Ross to trim budgeted revenue from $397,375 to $368,375. They trimmed total expenditures from a budget of $426,647 to $410,747.
The city of Wadena wants to work with Stanley Weitemier of Wadena Aviation, Inc. to keep him and his business located at the city airport. Weitemier told the city council that due to the downturn in the economy he decided to terminate his contract with the city. Weitemier is a part-time manager at the airport and rents a hangar for his business, which involves performing inspections and repairing private planes. "Basically the economy is as everybody's heard and knows is going downhill," Weitemier said.
The Wadena City Council approved 2009 budget adjustments to accommodate the governor's unallotment of $68,538 in local government aid for this year. Major changes included cutting $60,000 for street overlay work, $7,500 for graveling and applying calcium chloride, and $7,000 in capital expenses for the parks, said City Administrator Brad Swenson. At a special meeting last Wednesday the council also approved other minor adjustments to get budgets closer to what's actually happening this year.
What is and is not a sign and who exactly owns the murals in the Murals of Minnesota project are some of the questions the city of Wadena is asking after the city-wide art project was recently completed. Mayor Wayne Wolden said he spoke with Dave Evert, an organizer of the murals project, about some concerns he heard after the erection of the painting at Wadena Outfitters. The placement of the mural as a free-standing structure is a departure from the other murals on the project, which are located on buildings. People have commented about visibility concerns, Wolden said.
The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus entertained locals under their big top Monday night at the Wadena County Fairgrounds. A highwire act, tiger show and daring tricks by a trapeze artist were some of the highlights of the circus. The 5 p.m. show was cancanled due to weather, but the 7:30 p.m. performance went on as scheduled.
5 years ago Excerpts from the July 22, 2004 Pioneer Journal Jaycees disband The Wadena Jaycees decided to disband after 60 years of service. The group's official membership fell to 19 when a member turned 40. Jaycees must be between 21 and 39 years old. The membership number was one short of the state's required membership, said Allen Schmitz, president of the Wadena club.
Wadena County commissioners accepted the solid waste committee's recommendation to continue hauling loads directly Perham but deviated from a recommended tipping fee discount for haulers -- actually increasing the amount the county will pay. The discount will be $5 per ton, not the $4 per ton that was recommended. The county spent an average of $11,096 a month during the first three months in 2009 to haul waste dropped off at the transfer station to its final location in Perham, Consultant Mike Gibson said.
The possibility of a regional solid waste collaboration, including the expansion of the Perham incinerator, was the topic of a meeting of Wadena, Otter Tail, Hubbard, Todd, Clay and Becker Counties and the city of Perham last Wednesday. The Perham Resource and Recovery Facility needs more participating counties to accept a $2.8 million grant for an expansion. Landfills, recycling and other waste issues are other possible areas for collaboration. Four counties, Otter Tail, Wadena, Todd and Stearns, currently deliver waste to Perham, said Otter Tail Solid Waste Director Mike Hanan.