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Wadena Wireless will offer Sprint wireless services to local cell phone buyers beginning Dec. 1, 2006, next to Curves. The business will offer single, family and business plans, said Co-owner Rick DeWinter. "We've got some fantastic options," he said. One of the options Wadena Wireless will sell is a family locator so parents can track their children by phone or computer, DeWinter said.
Staff Sergeant Miriam Huhta celebrated her 25th birthday Oct. 12 with a turbulent plane ride from Minneapolis to Brainerd, beginning a two-week leave from duty in Iraq. The four-day journey home took her from Kuwait to Germany to Atlanta to Minneapolis and finally Menahga. Huhta's mother and aunt welcomed the Sebeka native back shortly after she landed. And the freezing temperatures reminded Huhta that she had definitely arrived in Minnesota. "Well, my first reaction was that I could not remember the last time I had been cold," she said. "When I arrived in Brainerd, it was snowing.
Voters indicated a need for change with the election of two of the three Deer Creek candidates for the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board. "The people wanted a change," said Wayne Perkins, of Deer Creek. "They want somebody ... different because they were tired of them." His next step is to study and catch up on the issues, Perkins said. He also wants to get his name and number out so people can contact him. Perkins received 1,627 votes. John Moenkedick, another Deer Creek candidate, received 1,714 votes, the most of any candidate.
by Sara Hacking, Staff Writer Dave Schermerhorn defeated Norman Hillukka to replace Dave Mattila, who is retiring, as county commissioner for district five. Schermerhorn received 667 votes and Hillukka received 566 votes. Schermerhorn was unavailable for comment. Char West was reelected as county auditor/ treasurer. She received 3,441 votes and her opponent Rosalie A. Miller received 2,172 votes. West was unavailable for comment. In uncontested county commissioner races, Lane Waldahl received 856 votes to retain his position in district one. There were 23 write-in votes against Waldahl.
Neighborhood Counseling Center of Wadena has recently expanded its services to include testing for child and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with the formation of a Psychological Evaluation Center. The evaluation center's services will also include learning disabilities testing, drug evaluations, bipolar disorder testing and evaluations to determine how well clients are succeeding in therapy, according to center officials. "I'm hoping that we ...
Wadena County offices will be more secure after the county board voted to purchase three Centurion Security Systems for the courthouse, public health and social services from StopTech. Ltd. Recent incidents with irate citizens in the courthouse have raised concerns among county officials. The cost for the three security systems is $21,436. The cost also includes a repeater to extend the range of the coverage in the courthouse.
Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank in Wadena has established a benefit fund for the surviving members of the Kreidler family, who lost their daughter, Jessica, in a house fire on Oct. 13. The money will go toward funeral expenses for Jessica and to assist the family financially after the loss of their home, said Angie Burke, loan processor. "Their home was totally destroyed," Burke said.
Wadena County is now part of an 11-county effort to develop a West Central Chemical Dependency Treatment and Correctional Center. The county board passed a motion Oct. 19 to join a steering committee to study the feasibility of the regional facility. "I see no downside to us joining this effort," said Commissioner Bill Stearns. County Attorney Kyra Ladd voiced support for the idea to the board.
Waking up to a frost-covered car serves as a reminder that winter is around the corner and now is the time for cold weather car maintenance. Local auto shops keep busy repairing Wadena cars all year long and they encourage drivers to properly prepare their vehicles for the harsh winter weather. John Wegscheid, owner of John's Car Care Center, said prevention is the key to keeping a car up and running during the winter months and all year long. "If you keep a vehicle up, it can prevent so many major engine, transmission and cooling problems," he said.