A Wadena County personnel policy referred to as "vague" and contradictory by a consultant for the county is under review, prompted by a visit from three highway department employees to the Oct. 6 county board meeting. The proper protocol for comp time approval was addressed at the Oct. 21 meeting when Ken Moyer, a highway department employee, asked for an apology from Commissioner Bill Stearns for comments Moyer said he made to highway employees in the audience at the Oct. 6 meeting. Stearns asked, "Mr.
Mike and Deb Woodard have taken their experience running Bethany Book & Gift in Baxter to downtown Wadena. The couple recently purchased Inspirations and are excited about what the store has to offer. An expanded selection of Bibles, books, CDs and DVDs are some of the changes since the store became Bethany Book & Gift. A computer allows customers to sample music. And a new computer system connects the Wadena store to the Baxter store. An item from Baxter can be shipped to Wadena in a day or two, the Woodards said, and vice versa. "The two stores complement each other well," Deb said.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 28, 2004 Pioneer Journal Sign thieves could face jail time Stealing a campaign sign could mean jail time and a fine. "We have actually received a number of reports of stolen signs recently," Wadena Police Officer Pete Resch said. Sign stealers could find themselves facing misdemeanor theft and trespassing charges. 105 years old and counting It was 1899, and the United States had won Cuba its independence, the paper clip was invented and two little girls were born -- one in Wisconsin, the other in Minnesota.
Administrative citations are a less lucrative option for the Wadena Police Department with Minnesota statute limiting eligible offenses and requiring a neutral third party for those who contest their fines. "We're limited much more than what we were previously to the passing of that statute," Police Chief Bruce Uselman told the city council at its October meeting. The only state offenses police officers can issue $60 administrative citations for are exceeding the speed limit by less than 10 miles per hour, stop line violations and some equipment violations such as hitching a sled behind a ve
The Wadena County Board appointed Assistant Highway Engineer Jeff Adolphson to serve as the interim department head due to the resignation of Joel Ulring as the county engineer. Ulring's last day was Oct. 23. Commissioners also approved additional elements to a highway department continuity plan prepared by Commissioner Bill Stearns, who serves as board liaison to the department. Todd County Assistant Engineer Ryan Odden will assist the county for up to one day a week at approximately $40 per hour.
Deputy Danny has a few grey whiskers under his chin and is set to retire in the spring, according to Wadena County Sheriff Mike Carr. "He's showing his age a little bit," he said about the nearly 10-year-old dog. Danny has worked for the county seven years, Carr said. His nose is still good, but drug dogs are in their prime ages 5-7. The K-9 officer is the first dog to serve in the sheriff's department in recent years, Carr said. Danny's biggest success has been sniffing the lockers and cars at the schools, he said. Another success was the big marijuana bust in Verndale in April 2008.
The September unemployment rate of 8.8 percent is the lowest rate of the year, according to information provided by Wadena County Social Services. Unemployment in August was 9.3 percent.
A regional solid waste district is closer to becoming a reality after Wadena County Commissioners signed a letter of intent to join up with Becker, Otter Tail and Todd counties in the effort. The letter doesn't mean the county is officially joining the Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority, said Otter Tail Solid Waste Director Mike Hanan. "It's really not committing the board to anything other than continuing the process," he said. All three of the other counties have already signed the letter of intent, Hanan said. This group will move forward to develop a joint powers board.
Wadena County is getting the H1N1 vaccine in "little fits and starts," according to Public Health Director Karen Nelson. "It's going to be a job to give the public message about who should come for the vaccine and which time," Nelson told Wadena County commissioners on Wednesday. "So we're hoping that folks aren't too disappointed that they can't get it." Public Health expects to get the vaccine on a weekly basis, but they never know in what amounts, she said.
A state health care program that covers approximately 200 people a month in Wadena County is on the line to be cut March 1 due to the unallotment last legislative session. General Assistance Medical Care serves qualifying adults 21-64 without children who are not disabled, Financial Assistance Supervisor Jean Stokes told the Wadena County Social Services Board. A population served by GAMC in the county are some of those in group residential housing, Stokes said.