Wadena News Staff
Concerned about stormwater problems, the unfinished Sheriff's Building, grandstand construction issues, and the possible addition of a new building to the Fairgrounds complex, Wadena County Commissioners held a special meeting on Sept. 10 that began at the Fairgrounds.
Minnesota residents in the Wadena area are invited to meet the Minnesota Supreme Court and local judges during an informal community dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in Wadena. The "Meet Your Court" dinner is one of the events that are part of the Supreme Court's fall visit to the Seventh Judicial District.
Adam Leverson was presented with his Eagle Scout Award by Troop 54 Scoutmaster Milo Scott on Aug. 18. Adam's Eagle Scout project was to re-blaze a trail at Tapley Park, which was damaged by the 2010 tornado. Adam would like to say 'thank you' to the community for supporting him in this huge achievement in scouting.
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.
Oscar Kenneth Andrews of rural Wadena was killed Aug. 22 in a motorcycle crash in Bullard Township, a release from the Wadena County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Andrews, 59, was found dead at the scene by authorities after they were notified of the crash at 4:47 p.m. Andrews was the only occupant of a 1983 Honda motorcycle. The crash occurred on Cord 26 south of 182nd Street when Andrews collided with a bridge guard rail. The bridge is located where the Leaf River joins the Red River, the sheriff's office said.
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.