Setting a cake on fire is a strange way to celebrate another year of life. But each year, blowing out a candle-lit birthday cake is how most of us gather with family and friends to honor the day of our birth. There are lots of ways to celebrate. Most people enjoy birthday cake at home. Others like to celebrate their birthdays by getting a free meal at their favorite restaurant. My brother Paul, however, will tear open his presents across the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 1 in Kalisz, Poland. This isn't the first birthday he has observed in the central European nation.
Danelle Erickson, 26, is building a home and a future for herself in Wadena as a pharmacist at Tri-County Hospital. She joined the pharmaceutical staff in May after graduating from North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy. Erickson was born to Scott and Peggy Loween and raised in Wadena. She graduated from Wadena-Deer Creek High School in 1998 with dreams of going to medical school.
Casey Damlo, 27, has dedicated her career as a chemical dependency social worker at Wadena County Social Services to helping area citizens overcome alcoholism and drug addiction. Damlo began working for social services three years ago after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor's degree in applied psychology: human services. She originally planned on becoming a child psychologist, she said, but changed her career plans after getting married and having a baby. An internship for a Park Rapids social service agency solidified her decision to become a social worker.
For Mac Nelson, 28, an opportunity to work at Wadena GM in his hometown came as a pleasant surprise one-and-a-half years ago. "I got a phone call out of the blue and that's how I ended up here," he said about the job offer to become business manager at Wadena GM. Nelson was working at Mid-State Auto Auction in New York Mills when the former Wadena GM general manager called him and offered him the position. Nelson said he has two main responsibilities as business manager. "Number one is to review and complete paper work ...
Large print books, audio materials and personal service are all important to seniors according to a library needs assessment survey by the Kitchigami Regional Library System. Renee Frethem, Wadena branch manager, said that by 2030 the majority of citizens in Wadena County will be senior citizens. "So we need to serve them," she said. "People are living longer." Marion Ridge, library director, said they separated seniors in the five-county Kitchagami Library region into two categories: older seniors and young seniors (ages 55-65). Each group has distinctive traits.
The massage therapy and technology departments at the Wadena campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College underwent extensive overhauls over the summer. The renovations followed a major makeover of the cosmetology department that began nearly two years ago. The face lift makes the class rooms more effective for student learning and more visually appealing for campus tours, said Paul Drange, enrollment manager. "It's a huge plus for us," he said. "From a recruiting perspective, anytime we can ... improve not only the look but the access to technology ...
by Sara Hacking, Staff Writer Islam is said to be the fastest growing religion in the world, and St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena has launched a weekly study to educate its congregation about this increasingly influential faith. "We want our members to be informed," said Ruth Clark, leader of the study.
Family, friends and neighbors rounded up their horses for a backyard rodeo at Jim and Vickie Thompson's Rocking Diamond Cattle Ranch in rural Verndale on Saturday. Young and adult horse riders competed in an obstacle course, barrel racing, pole bending, as well as team cattle branding and sorting. The friendly competition began as an annual tradition four years ago. Jim and Vickie said the idea for the rodeo began with some conversations with neighbors who had participated in similar events when they lived in Montana.
A love for science and a gift for academics opened the door for Wadena-Deer Creek Senior Emily Hunt's recognition as one of 50,000 students in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship program. Hunt was named a commended student due to her high score in the Preliminary SAT. Qualifiers in the National Merit Scholarship program were selected from 1.4 million entrants. The honor surprised Hunt, she said. "I didn't think I did all that well on the test," she said.
On March 19, 2003, the United States and its allies began bombing Iraq. The invasion was a call to war for the nation and a call to prayer for St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bertha. St. Paul's has prayed for individual members of the armed forces every day at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, since the war began, said the Rev. Blake Rickbeil. They also pray for the church, the United States, U.S. allies and the world. Rickbeil gathered his wife, Dagny, and the church secretary to pray the litany "the minute I heard we had gone to war," he recalled. "They said we were at war, and I said ...