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KWAD personality Pat Quance of Staples delivers a list of upcoming community events Thursday, during his midday show inside KWAD/KNSP studios in Wadena. Photo by Zach Kayser, Pioneer Journal
The Wadena and Bluffton fire departments responded Wednesday afternoon to a fire at 39923 County Highway 75 that Bluffton Fire Chief Ken Theisen estimated caused $30,000 worth of damage. Theisen said no occupants were inside the home at the time of the blaze, of which firefighters were notified at approximately 3:30 p.m. Theisen added that about 12 firefighters from each department would be used to combat the fire, which he said likely started near the residence's front door, close to a chimney pipe. However, the official source of the fire was unknown as of Wednesday afternoon.
Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Kleen said Wednesday that no further flu virus victims had been hospitalized at TCHC so far this season other than the three previously reported, and that TCHC had seen a decrease in the number of patients seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms. "That activity certainly has slowed down a lot," Kleen said. Kleen also said that between late-December to now, 39 people had tested positive for influenza A. She added that 100-150 flu patients sought treatment during that same period.
Being homeless stings the hardest when winter cold strikes, and in Wadena, that problem is staring some unfortunate people straight in the face. Although it's situated in one of the poorest parts of the state, Wadena has no permanent homeless shelter, said Lynn Nesland, family development/housing case worker at Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership.
A long list of new possibilities to help make Wadena's transportation network run more smoothly was offered to the Planning Commission on Tuesday. The commission took in a presentation by experts from a firm hired by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to analyze ways to improve Wadena's overall growth plans and provide specific ideas for the future of the roads and railways that run through town. SRF Consulting Group spent a large portion of their time talking about how the Wadena traffic system could be made more efficient and more pedestrian-friendly.
This past week, a new environmental awareness campaign that doubles as a public art project hit the presses at Greiman Printing & Office in Wadena. Kent Scheer said he will soon start distributing colorful signs for people to put on their lawns and other prominent places.
Last October, Angie Templin was shot in her home by her ex-boyfriend. The bullet he fired passed through her hand, entering her pelvis. He then turned the gun on himself. Ever since then, Templin has been fighting to take back a normal life - and she has been winning. With the support of her young son, Zander, Templin has been working gradually toward recovery. The end goal is for her to return to her job in Dietary at Tri-County Health Care (TCHC), but the way back has offered plenty of challenges for her.
5 Years Ago Excerpts from the Jan.
In 1984, Geneva Paulson's son, Randy, joined the U.S. Navy while he was still attending high school in Bertha. After completing training, the missile ship he was stationed on sailed to trouble spots around the world, including the first military actions against former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Ken Carlson works on woodcarving in the Wadena Senior Center basement Thursday. A group of fellow woodcarvers meets there regularly. Photo by Zach Kayser, Pioneer Journal