As of last Saturday, dumping that old computer monitor in the trash can is illegal. The Minnesota Legislature enacted a new law to address the environmental hazards of electronic gadget disposal and Wadena County is well prepared for the changes, according to county waste officials. The cathode-ray tube found in many computers and televisions contains harmful levels of lead, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
by Sara Hacking, Staff Writer Area businesses and organizations are livening up Jefferson Street for drivers with witty, informative and sometimes controversial changeable-letter signs. Some concentrate on community service while others use their signs to express political and religious beliefs. Backhanded encouragement to kill deer, humane society dinners, spiritual questioning and 25-year class reunions are all topics addressed on the constantly changing signs. Perhaps one of the most well-read signs along Jefferson belongs to Taco John's restaurant.
by Sara Hacking, Staff Writer The Wadena City Library hopes to entice young readers to explore the bountiful benefits of books through this summer's nation-wide reading campaign "Catch the Beat at Your Library." The program runs from June 8 through July 29 and includes prizes for minutes read, weekly story hours and upcoming special programs. Renee Frethem, branch manager, said children from preschool to age 11 and young adults from age 12 to 18 are welcome to join at any time. "We just want to have anyone that wants to come in and participate," she said.
A backyard overflowing with flowers, birdhouses, lawn ornaments and, most recently, a Koi pond all tell the story of Sylvia Anderson's 24 years on Jefferson Street and the family she loves. The mosaic rock planters, made by her husband's uncle, traveled from Anderson and her husband Vernon's Minneapolis home.
The Wadena County Board set aside money to prepare for the release of a convicted sexual predator a year from now. The board authorized Wadena County Social Services to establish a $50,000 financial reserve for potential costs related to the July 4, 2007, release of a convicted sex offender back into Wadena County at their June 22 meeting. County Attorney Kyra Ladd has not released the sex offender's name, but said the individual is serving a seven-year sentence on three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.
At the time I am writing this column, I have been a Wadena resident for nearly a week and I have finished three exhilarating, exhausting and enlightening days as a reporter at the Pioneer Journal. Starting my first "real" job outside of college, apartment hunting and moving into my sister's basement have made my first week in Wadena very memorable. As a brand new reporter, I have had the opportunity to learn many new things, some important and some that would only come into play in a trivia game, including how to properly spell "koi," as in Japanese koi fish.