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Authorities responded late Friday morning to a two-vehicle accident involving a rolled-over minivan at the intersection of First Street Northeast and Birch Avenue Northeast north of Highway 10. Sergeant Naomi Plautz of the Wadena Police Department said the cause of the accident was still under investigation and the driver of the minivan was taken to Tri-County Health Care as a precaution. Damages to the minivan were severe.
While inside The Game Shop on Thursday afternoon, Ryan Bartel of Wadena chats with store owner Michael Rajdl. Photo by Zach Kayser, Pioneer Journal
Following the loss of her 8-year-old daughter Jane to leukemia last year, Jil Fiemeyer has embarked on a journey to raise awareness and funds for leukemia research. To honor Jane's legacy, Fiemeyer is doing something she's never tried before in her life. Although she said she hasn't been a runner since she sprinted on the high school track team, Fiemeyer will attempt to run the Fargo Rocks half-marathon May 18 in Fargo.
The Pope's recent decision to step down may have startled some, but local priests are taking it in stride, saying he made the right call when he left for health reasons. Father Don Wagner, who serves as pastor for St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena and the parish of St. John the Baptist in Bluffton, said he thought his leg was being pulled when a fellow priest first told him of the pope's resignation. "The first initial thing was just surprise in hearing it," Wagner said. "However, when I thought about it, I thought, 'I can respect that.
The Wadena City Council voted in a special meeting Feb. 15 to decide which architectural firm will be contracting with the city to help design the planned Wellness Center; opting unanimously to go with Steven Miller Architects (SMA). The decision follows the layoffs of two major architects responsible for heading up the planning of the new Wellness Center.
Concerned about cost, safety and return on investment, local bars and restaurants have hesitated to adopt electronic pull-tabs, which have appeared both in the Twin Cities bar scene and places closer to home, like Alexandria. Gary Danger of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board said the new electronic pull-tabs can come in several forms. Danger said one vendor sells games that are installed on iPads, iPad Minis and iPods.
Wadena firefighters have something extra to look forward to since the city council approved an increase in their pensions at the Feb. 12 meeting. The increase to $2,175 for every year served on the department is an approximate 10 percent jump from the previous payout factor of $1,970 per year served.
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the bond rating for the City of Wadena from an A1 to an A2 grade, citing what it calls a limited tax base affected by the 2010 tornado, lower income levels and the fact that certain large FEMA reimbursements to the city are still pending.
Classes are planned to begin in September at Connections High School, a new charter school that will operate out of leased space on the Central Lakes College Staples campus. Interim Director Wendy Schluender said the hope is that Connections can enroll between 30-50 students its first year, eventually increasing to around 120 students. That smaller size is typical of most charter schools, Schluender said. Charter schools differ from regular schools in that many of them have a specific educational focus, Schluender said.
Starting this summer, the U.S. Postal Service will cease letter delivery on Saturdays, a cost-saving move that will affect Wadena in some ways. Aug. 10 will see the halting of all deliveries on Saturday except for packages, said Pete Nowacki, USPS spokesman. Nowacki added that those customers who receive deliveries at a post office box will see no change at all, and emphasized that those who receive prescriptions through carrier routes will still get their medication since the Saturday change applies only to non-parcel mail.