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5 years ago Excerpts from the June 17, 2004 Pioneer Journal Tree house garners national attention Will and Peggy Line's house among the treetops in Wadena received national attention from publications such as the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the New York Times Magazine along with television exposure on HGTV. Wadena man charged with attempted murder Joseph Patrick Simon, 21, was charged with attempted murder in the second degree after alledgedly firing a shotgun into his ex-girlfriend's Wadena apartment.
The U.S. Highway 71 reconstruction planned for this year will get done despite a delay caused by the need to replace all the sidewalks in the project area, according to project engineers. The city was anticipating getting bids by now, said Jade Berube of Ulteig Engineers, Inc., but that will have to wait after the Minnesota Department of Transportation said plans for the highway's cross slope were not acceptable. The cross slope describes how the road allows water to drain from the crown of the road into the curb and gutter.
Archaeology students from the University of Minnesota began a field study class at the Little Round Hill in Old Wadena Park on Monday. The area, located where the Partridge River joins the Crow Wing River, is known for the legend of a battle between the Dakota and a group of Ojibwe and fur traders. Students will learn archaeological excavation techniques, artifact recovery and mapping during their nearly one month stay, said Kat Hayes, assistant professor of anthropology. "In essence ...
The granting of 21 land use and zoning permits in Wadena last month is the best economic news Planning and Zoning Director Byron Larson has seen in this town in a while, he said. "It was a very good May," Larson said. The city issued more permits in May 2009 than a year ago, he said. There were also $692,000 total dollars for May projects this year compared to just over a million dollars last year, which included the $888,000 Leaf River Ag project.
U.S. Highway 10 through Wadena may get an unexpected face lift after the Minnesota Department of Transportation contacted the city with a plan for a light mill and overlay. Administrator Brad Swenson said he was hearing a lot of complaints about the condition of the road and so were other city officials. He asked the city council to consider writing letters to MnDOT. The mayor's letter went out on a Tuesday and soon they were out patching the street. "I don't know exactly what's happening, but we've all of a sudden got their attention," Swenson said.
5 years ago Excerpts from the June 10, 2004 Pioneer Journal Teen escapees caught Two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, accused of escaping from a Moorhead detention center transport van after assaulting the driver were caught by law enforcement Monday evening after an all-day air and land search. Library to buy bookmobile Kitchigami Regional Library planned to have a new bookmobile running by the end of September. The library also integrated a new library system and Web site that year.
Father's Day cards define dads by six basic topics -- sports, lawn care, tools, beer, recliners and the remote control. While a chord of truth can generally be struck with most dads on at least one of these themes, the punch lines don't tell the whole story. A dad is a very complicated creature. My dad can pound out a knife in the belly of his fiery forge. He can also roll out a perfect, tender crust for a melt-in-your-mouth apple pie.
The Wadena County Board approved $509,761 in 2009 budget reductions in response to proposed unallotment of this year's county program aid. County department heads recommended $629,761 in reductions, but commissioners decided to put the $70,000 removed from the budget for a possible county coordinator position in 2009 into a budget to pay for professional services for this year's union negotiations. The board also removed a $50,000 credit for MCIT dividends after Commissioner Stearns pointed out that the county won't receive it until the fall and can't anticipate the exact amount.
Mike Gibson declined the Wadena County Board's offer to perform union negotiations for the 2010 contract talks following a split vote. The county board voted 3-2 to hire Gibson to perform the task after several commissioners expressed satisfaction with the job he did last year, according to a review of a tape from the June 2 meeting. "I wouldn't accept the position under these circumstances," Gibson said after commissioners Rodney Bounds and Ralph Miller voted against rehiring him. "It's nothing against you personally," Bounds told Gibson about his vote.