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The question of who’s actually going to build the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center in Wadena will have to wait a while. The Wadena City Council was supposed to accept the first construction bids for the planned center at a special meeting Aug. 16 but chose to wait while they work to solve several financial problems facing the project.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office is reporting that a motorcycle rider was found dead on scene in Bullard Township yesterday after authorities received a call of a single-motorcycle crash at around 4: 47 p.m. In a release sent Friday morning, the sheriff's office said the rider's name was being witheld until family members could be notified. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, the release said.
More facts have come to light on the assault allegedly committed by Sebeka Police Chief Eric Swenson on his girlfriend earlier this summer. In a formal complaint submitted to the Seventh District Court Aug.15 by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, both Swenson and the girlfriend, identified only as M.H., relate their version of what happened in the incident to police.
Wadena Commissioners learned at their Aug. 22 meeting that Emergency Management Services (EMS) Director Scott McKellop is resigning to take a job with the State of Minnesota. Chief Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cross made the announcement. The board voted to accept the resignation with regret.
Eight new teachers were introduced Monday night at the August meeting of the District 2155 school board. Making the introductions was Wadena-Deer Creek's new superintendent, Lee Westrum, who joined the district staff in July. Westrum replaced Virginia Dahlstrom, who retired following the 2012-2013 school year.
The 17 dogs that call the Wadena Humane Society shelter home have been barking to a point where neighbors say they’ve had enough. Although the supposed nuisance violates neither zoning nor noise control laws, members of an informal group of citizens that live near the shelter on Highway 10 west of the intersection with Highway 71 allege that the dogs at the Humane Society bark both for extended periods of time and at night while humans are trying to sleep.
Photo by Jessica Keddy Three generations of Richter family farmers gathered on Gary Richter's farm south of Wadena near the county line Tuesday to bale hay. On the tractor is Jim Richter, 85, Wadena. Standing in front of Jim from the left are helpers Alexander Roberts, 15, Ottertail, Gary Richter, and Tyler Eggert, 10, Wadena.
The Wadena Police Department recovered three cars last week that were brazenly stolen from Wadena dealerships, two of them taken right off the lot and a third from a repair shop where it was being maintenanced. Although as of Monday police had yet to arrest anyone for committing the thefts themselves, Interim Chief Naomi Plautz said the WPD has identified the perpetrator(s) and that authorities were in the process of investigating and gathering evidence while they built a case.
Shirley Hartjen, Wadena, lights one of the luminaries honoring those affected with cancer Aug. 9 at the annual Wadena Relay For Life. Hartjen is herself an 11-year survivor.