Wadena News Staff
This morning I am watching to see the neighborhood kids waiting for the bus in their new school clothes with their heavy backpacks loaded with "stuff" to make the school year awesome. The kids are all excited to see their friends after a long summer vacation — much like we did growing up in Wadena; for some reason we didn't see the "farm" kids or the "Bluffton" kids during the summer, but we were sure excited to see everyone when school started again in the fall — well, at least for the first couple of weeks.
Beginning Aug. 27, county employees arriving for work have been met by ear-splitting noise from jackhammers used by construction workers trying to remove concrete panels from the outside walls of the Courthouse. Inside the building, employees whose offices were near the window panels being demolished said they were unable to converse with each other or with members of the public who had come to do business, due to the noise.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca , to let veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families. Veterans receiving healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable Care Act take effect next year.
The Wadena-Deer Creek football team collected 1,053 pounds of non-perishable food and $429.50 in cash donations during the first-ever "Together We Can" food drive last week. "This will be a big help in keeping our shelves stocked and will give us the opportunity to purchase many need items," said Mary Ann Hagen, co-director of the Wadena Food Shelf. Wearing their blue-and-gold jerseys, about 50 WDC football players split into small groups to canvass the communities of Wadena, Bluffton and Deer Creek on Aug. 21.
"Never give the blue pills with the pink salve. If you give the pink salve, you gotta use the pink pills. An' the other way 'round too." That standard advice was left with the patient before Kate Tarnow headed back to her drugstore in Hewitt, Minn.
It is a Waiting Week. Waiting to hear from FEMA. Waiting to hear on the second bid package. Waiting to hear on the city sales tax exemption. Waiting to hear on the B-3 standard for top soil waiver. Again, waiting is not one of my virtues in life — I do everything with passion, energy and excitement! This waiting and watching is not an easy task for me when the Wellness Center project has finally come this far.
Wadena-Deer Creek Activities Director Norm Gallant is cancelling most outdoor activities today due to the extreme heat The following is a list of activities affected by the heat; some activities are practicing indoors: * Grade 7-9 Football practice at 3pm is cancelled. * Cross Country meet @ Morris and practice both cancelled. * Girls Tennis will practice as scheduled in the Auxiliary Gym. * Grades 10-12 Football practice will meet @ 3pm in the weight room and will practice indoors.
Registration is open for the Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant which will be held Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. Elegibility requirements are that candidates must be females from the Wadena-Deer Creek School District graduating in the class of 2013 or 2014. They must be of good moral character, single and never married, and a citizen of the United States. Contestants will be judged on personal interview (35 percent), talent (30 percent), evening gown (15 percent), on-stage question (10 percent) and casual wear (10 percent). There is no swimsuit competition.
Hy-Tec Consruction of Brainerd won the bid for the rebuilding of the fairgrounds grandstand destroyed by the tornado in 2010 with a bid of $414,900.