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Leonard "Pat" Miller and Gary Knosalla presented a petition from residents along County Road 160 to the Wadena County Board urging road reconstruction to meet the needs of growing residential development and traffic to local parks. "[It's] just a dangerous road," Miller said. Miller has lived in the area since 1977, he said.
The second annual Radiothon to Prevent Child Abuse will air from noon Dec. 7 to noon Dec. 8 on radio stations KWAD, KNSP and Superstation K-106. Representatives from Wadena, Cass, Hubbard, Otter Tail and Todd counties along with Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota will accept pledges during the event. "The purpose is to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect and also as a fund raiser to do prevention activities," said Cindy Pederson, chairwoman of the Wadena County Child Abuse Prevention Council. The WCCAPC began in 1992 and provides education about child neglect and abuse.
The holidays are a time when people look forward to dressing up for festive parties, family bonding around the Christmas tree and exchanging unforgettable gifts. It is supposed to be a joyous season of the year and this often unrealistic expectation can lead to increased stress and the "holiday blues," according to Wayne Samuelson, director of Neighborhood Counseling. "It's marketed ... as this time of great fun, a time when magic happens, when things are different ... when our dreams come true," he said.
In April 1983, Philip Schmitz's attempted rescue of a cat on his farmstead in Rosendale, Wis., resulted in a broken back, permanently altering the Blue Grass native's life. The accident occurred during his 13-year-old daughter Laura's confirmation celebration with family and friends. A concerned young partygoer informed him that Laura's cat was trapped on top of a power pole. He immediately grabbed a ladder and climbed to rescue the cat.
Newly elected officers and increased interest from the public have reenergized a previously discouraged Ag Society, according Tim Nolte, Ag Society president. "We've gotten more done in the last 40 days than in the last three years," he said. "It looks really good. There's going to be a fair now." The elections took place at the Oct. 30 Ag Society meeting. Mike Burcham replaced Nolte as vice president, Ray Cochran was elected secretary and Stephen Springer is the treasurer.
Wadena County Public Health Director Karen Nelson received the 2006 Barbara O'Grady Award for Excellence in Public Health Leadership Award on Nov. 15. The Wadena County Board nominated Nelson for the award. "It was just unbelievable," Nelson said.