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A local eyesore will soon go up in smoke after the Wadena County Board authorized Missy Lund, tax specialist, to allow the Verndale Fire Department to use a Verndale home for a practice burn.
Six area churches will focus on Christian unity and the importance of prayer at a World Community Service at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bertha. The service is based on the national Church Women United movement, according to organizers. "I think we have a more powerful witness when we as Christians agree instead of disagree," said Bev Heinze, member of St. Joseph's. "Jesus just wanted us all to be united like he talked about in John 17:11 'that they all may be one.'" The ecumenical group has gathered at alternating churches for more than 40 years.
The Kitchigami Regional Library expects to put its large mobile library bus back into service in mid-October, said Marion Ridge, library director. The bus has been undergoing repairs since receiving extensive damage from an accident last November on Highway 71 near Menahga, said Dave Mattila, library board president. A pickup slid in front of the bus on the icy roads, he said. The pickup driver was killed and both Kitchagami employees on board the bus were injured.
Fall has officially arrived. Summer has carefully packed up its swimsuits and shorts and left for another year. Summer's departure has not gone unnoticed by the climatic forces of nature, and the recent change in seasons has forced me to alter my daily walking routine. Not long ago I had to wait until the sun began to sink down and lose some of its intensity before I went on a walk. Now, on most days, I pull on my Nikes and rush out the door while the sun's rays are still generous enough to share a little of their warmth.
It was a hard year for home builders in the Wadena area, as new home construction declined. A decline in Wadena County building permits during 2006 mirrored national housing trends. The county's issuance of permits is noticeably slower compared to the previous few years, according to Deana Skov, zoning administrator. "This summer during what normally would have been our busiest time, we had our biggest lull," Skov said about the end of June through July building season. As of Sept. 20, the county had logged 168 permits, she said, as opposed to 254 total permits in 2005.
After years of discussion the wheels are moving forward in the development of a Wadena County transportation system for veterans. If developed the system would provide veterans with rides to area veteran's hospitals. The commissioners reached a consensus at the Sept. 21 county board meeting to ask Highway Engineer Joel Ulring to investigate purchasing a van to put in a county transportation pool. The veteran's transportation program and other county departments would share the van.
Security at county offices was the subject of a Centurion Security System demonstration on Sept. 21 at the Wadena County Courthouse. The county is considering purchasing the system to increase the portable alarm system security at the courthouse as well as at the public health and social services departments. Local law enforcement personnel, the county attorney, Judge Jay D.
The viability of the Wadena County Water Plan is in jeopardy due to cuts in state funding, according to Kari Tomperi, water resource management technician. The Soil and Water Conservation District has requested $20,000 in county funds to make up for a financial shortfall caused by cuts in state funding for water plans, she said. The water plan currently receives $2,247 in a levy match and would like an additional $17,753. State funding plummeted from an annual allotment of $37,500 to around $5,000 in 2003.
Eugene Foster, 62, of Wadena, traveled all the way to Vietnam and back to serve his country. Now he would like Wadena County to provide local veterans with affordable transportation to veteran's hospitals, he said. Foster joined the army in 1964 to "see the world." What he saw was the inside of an army hospital after being hit with shrapnel in January 1968, during the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam. "It hurt like the devil," Foster said about the pain from his wounded knee.