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Wadena County Highway Engineer Joel Ulring announced his resignation Tuesday after accepting a position to work as a senior engineer for Golder Associates Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska. "It's an opportunity basically of a lifetime," Ulring told Wadena County commissioners. He has mixed emotions, he said, but he couldn't say no to the position.
The Wadena County Board terminated the employment of Scott Carpenter, who served as the solid waste director until he was placed on unpaid leave in March. The motion the board approved said the termination was due to "his misuse of county property, county funds and county employee time and resources," according to information provided by Auditor/Treasurer Char West. The county attorney's office determined the language used in the motion, said Mike Gibson, a consultant who is overseeing the reorganization of the solid waste department.
Leroy Tappe traveled to the white cliffs of Dover to Omaha Beach all the way to Berlin during World War II. And this September the Wadena resident finally flew to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial built to honor him and others who served in the war. "I think it was needed, really," Tappe said. "I thought it was a real good idea ... for World War II [veterans] to actually see what was going on in Washington, D.C." He's wanted to take the trip for the past four years, he said.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Oct. 7, 2004 Pioneer Journal Meth crimes fill up jail A few weeks ago, nine of 24 inmates were in the Wadena County Jail on meth-related charges. About a week ago, there were three, according to the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. The number varies week to week, but it usually makes up a good portion of the inmates, said Sheriff Mike Carr. The jail capacity is 26 inmates. Husband pastors church full time The Rev. John Husband became the full-time vicar at St. Helen's Episcopal Church Sept. 1.
Wadena County Highway Engineer Joel Ulring announced his resignation Tuesday after accepting a position to work as a senior engineer for Golder Associates Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska. "It's an opportunity basically of a lifetime," Ulring told Wadena County commissioners. He has mixed emotions, he said, but he couldn't say no to the position. The engineer he will work directly with has done award-winning work in cold region engineering and worked on the Alaska Oil Pipeline, Ulring said in an e-mail Wednesday.
Fire safety was fun Monday evening as kids escaped a "smoke-filled" house and snuffed out a blaze with a fire extinguisher at the Wadena Fire Hall. Firefighters put on an open house with cookies and fire safety events in honor of Fire Prevention Week. The Children's Fire Safety House was filled with "smoke" generated by a fog machine using a water-based smoke simulation fluid. The miniature home is complete with a kitchenette, hallway, small stairway and bedroom.
5 years ago Excerpts from the Sept. 30, 2004 Pioneer Journal Three face meth charges Three people face controlled substance felony charges after law enforcement found about seven, 1-gram packages of methamphetamine in a Wadena home on Sept. 20, according to court documents.
A young couple from Motley are the proud new owners of Wadena Inn & Grill along U.S. Highway 10. Frank, 32, and Ann, 25, Qureshi will reopen the combination restaurant and motel once legal details are finalized and they can work on the roof and clean up the property. The business has been closed since January. The name will stay the same, but Wadena Inn & Grill's menu will change a little with all new appetizers. Breakfast will be served all day and there will be a couple different kinds of steaks, Ann said.
September was dry, but for me it was filled with showers. No umbrellas were required, though. Just lots of presents wrapped for baby. Auntie is a title I will soon hold so that means parties where grown women ooh and aah over diapers, onesies, Boppy Pillows and whale-shaped tubs. Guessing the flavor of unmarked jars of baby food becomes a competitive sport. And rooms are decorated with pastel-colored balloons anchored by bundles of teething rings and rubber duckies. Baby showers may not involve the most dignified activities, but they certainly are fun.
The inaugural Fall Fest raised $2,342 for Wadena-Deer Creek's fifth-grade band program last Friday. The WDC Education Foundation hosted the event, which served about 250 people a meal of hotdogs, brats, chips and coleslaw before the football game with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.