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Arnold and Doris Jones' corner lot on First Street Southwest and Irving Avenue is the latest property selected as the "Yard of the Month" in Wadena. The Wadena Garden Club has bestowed the honor since 2004, said member Shirley Hartjen. The first recipients were Dennis and Soledad Henriksen. News of their selection gets a mixed reaction from recipients. Some people are surprised and don't think they deserve the honor and others are very flattered, Hartjen said. Some people decline because they don't want the attention. Arnold and Doris were honored to be chosen, they said.
5 years ago Excerpts from the July 15, 2004 Pioneer Journal Brauch, Hudson and Taves file for school board Darcy Brauch and Janine Hudson filed for election to the school board and Judy Taves filed for re-election. Harrison and Meyer file for re-election County Commissioner Mary Harrison identified the Friendly Rider Transit system as one of the controversial issues in District 4.
The Wadena County Board cut the cost of a liquor license in half after Joyce and Ken Price of Pine Cove Inn requested a reduction. The Prices said the $1,600 fee made it difficult to compete with the nearby Whitetail Run Golf Course bar, which is owned by the city of Wadena and doesn't pay for a city liquor license. Commissioner Bill Stearns asked the Prices what they thought the cost should be.
Following a closed board meeting last Thursday the Wadena County Board authorized County Attorney Kyra Ladd to proceed with a criminal theft investigation of a solid waste employee. The motion said Ladd could proceed with resolving the investigation of Joel Walsvik "that contemplates the resolution of said criminal case, also companion case with a separation agreement from the county on the employment side." The transfer station was temporarily closed down in March when Walsvik was placed on paid leave and Scott Carpenter, department director, was placed on unpaid leave. Last week's closed
Virginia Dahlstrom believes she is running an institution that is just as interested in profit as any private business. The difference is that the profit Dahlstrom and her Wadena-Deer Creek District 2155 team is after is not kept in a bank vault. It works out much better if it is being spread around. The profit is educated kids. One year after arriving in Wadena with her husband, Len Kalakian, to take on her fourth superintendent job, the globe-trotting Dahlstrom is enjoying her life in Wadena. "It's gone well," Dahlstrom said. "Even with the challenges it's gone well.
Fresh herbs make summer cooking fragrant and fun. A taste of basil from a pot outside my door along with other herbs generously supplied from parents' yard liven up pasta dishes and more. Over the holiday weekend I cooked up a variety of herbaceous delights. A pasta recipe clipped from a magazine called for whole wheat penne, sauteed zucchini and garlic all tossed with fresh basil, mint, parsley, lemon zest and grated Parmesan cheese. The serving spoon made plenty of trips in and out of the bowl and the dish got good reviews from everyone who partook.
5 years ago Excerpts from the July 8, 2004 Pioneer Journal New thrift shop opens July 1 Karen Hamann of Deer Creek recently opened Once Again, a used clothing store, in downtown Wadena. Hamann previously owned a grocery store in Deer Creek, which closed in July 2003 due to competition from Wadena stores. Peters Snyder Drug remodels Dave and Diane Peters celebrated 10 years of ownership of Snyder Drug and the recent remodel of their store. Another cash register was added in the pharmacy section and the store increased its selection of Hallmark cards.
Former Parkers Prairie resident Ruth Weispfenning will be at Borealis Books Sunday, July 12 to sign "Mom, Dad ... Can We Talk?" a book that deals with issues related to aging parents. Weispfenning co-wrote the book with principle author Dick Edwards, a retired Mayo Clinic Eldercare Specialist, and writer Mike Ransom. Weispfenning is a social worker and serves as the director of resident services at Charter House in Rochester, Minn. "Mom, Dad ...
Mental health issues are a barrier to treatment for 25 percent of people receiving chemical dependency treatment in Wadena County, according to a recent Drug and Alcohol Abuse Normative Evaluation System report. "So a fourth of everybody has mental health issues that are significant enough to cause some problems to treatment," Social Worker and Rule 25 Assessor Mike Willie said. "That's substantial." Willie presented results from the DAANES report at the June Wadena County Social Services board meeting.
5 years ago Excerpts from the July 1, 2004 Pioneer Journal June Jubilee blasts into town Some June Jubilee events drew larger crowds than others at the annual event, said Shirley Uselman, executive director of the Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce. She would have liked to have seen more community participation, she said. The kids tractor pull was a very successful event and drew so many people the track was nearly hidden by the crowds.