A heaping plate of food and entertainment from the Singing Grandmas and Alvin Koplin are just some of what diners can expect at the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 26. "It's free and it's fun," said organizer Richard Paper. No reservations are needed and anyone can stop in, he said. Miss Wadena and her royal court will greet visitors at the door. The meal is a community experience, he emphasized. The dinner is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Five Wadena County employees have accepted an early retirement incentive plan designed to save the county money by replacing higher wage long-term employees with employees on a lower step. The departments will have to replace the positions with at least a 25 percent savings to the county. Discussion about the savings for replacing the specific positions has already begun at the county board level. Three of the retirements are at social services and two are at the highway department.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Nov. 11, 2004 Pioneer Journal Bertha-area hunter shoots 270-pound buck After David Strobel, Bertha, shot a 270-pound buck early Saturday morning, there was a constant stream of traffic at his house. Word spread quickly and neighbors came over to see the buck and take pictures. Unofficially, the buck has between 16 and 18 points and a 19 1/2- to 20-inch antler span. County suing incinerator firm Wadena County is joining Todd and Otter Tail counties in a lawsuit against Barlow Projects, Inc. of Colorado, the Perham incinerator's managing firm.
Wadena County Commissioner Bill Stearns brought up a subject he said "rankles" him while he had the attention of the sheriff and jail administrator, who were both at the Nov. 3 county board meeting. Todd and Wadena counties give inmates one hour off their sentence for each hour they do Sentence to Serve work. Stearns said state guidelines allow for inmates to get one 24-hour day off their sentence for each 8-hour day they work.
Wadena County has collected $1,185.53 as of Nov. 3 from people who dumped trash at the county's recycling sites. "There was some real consternation on the part of those people being fined," Mike Gibson, a consultant overseeing the reorganization of the solid waste department, told commissioners. "They were upset, and yet I guess that didn't surprise anybody. Nobody wants to get a bill like that." The fee per bag dumped was $30.10.
The levy requirement for Wadena County to maintain Kitchigami Regional Library System services in 2010 is the same as 2009, Director Marian Ridge informed the county board. A proposed budget of $90,587 will cover the county's portion of the estimated $146,837 cost of providing library services in Wadena County, she said. The proposed levy for the city of Wadena is $56,350. The regional library board was very conservative in developing budget proposals for 2010, Ridge said.
The days of free room, board and medical care at the Wadena County Jail will be over when a pay to stay plan takes effect next year. Inmates will be charged $20 per day in custody for room and board plus all medical expenses and other correctional fees. A custody day is any day or part of a day on which an inmate is held pursuant to conviction, according to the plan. This includes time served in the jail prior to conviction for which jail credit is given.
Billed as a "hilarious rendition" of Victor Hugo's classic story, the Wadena-Deer Creek Drama Department will present the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" in three performances next week at Memorial Auditorium. Theater-goers are urged to enjoy an off-beat tale of "odd love pentagons, mismatched mothers, goats and multiple kidnappings of the poor gypsy dancer, Esmeralda," according to a press release.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Nov. 4, 2004 Pioneer Journal Habitat hands over house keys Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity handed over the keys to its 20th home in the last 10 years on Saturday in Wadena to the Luqman and Viyan Maii family at 304 Bryant Ave. S.E. The Maiis are immigrants from Kurdistan, but they feel at home in Wadena. "All of my life I was running away," Luqman said. "Finally I was lucky enough to make it to the United States.
A low census at Minnesota's Community Behavioral Health Hospitals and the availability of qualified health care workers is causing the state to re-examine the care level for its 16-bed hospitals, and local human services officials would like the Wadena facility to remain at least partially for acute care. The CBHH in Cold Spring was temporarily closed in October and will be reopened as a subacute facility, said Paul Sailer, Wadena County's human services director. Subacute facilities require less staff and psychiatric services with longer stays such as 90 days possible.