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Since the 1970s, seniors in the Wadena area have been getting help from an organization that places them in volunteer positions around the county and aids them in staying a part of the community. It's called RSVP, or the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, one of three programs under the federal Senior Corps. Since July, RSVP in Wadena County has been represented by Carrie Hitchcock of the Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership, a nonprofit organization that sponsors RVSP in the west central area of Minnesota.
Dental therapist Jason Allred will soon be setting up shop inside Woodland Dental in Wadena. However, he's no ordinary dentist. In fact, there are only about 20 people like him in the entire country, Allred said. That's because the idea of a "dental therapist" is completely new, Allred added.
Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) officials announced Dec. 21 that the hospital will be undergoing a $3 million renovation and expansion that includes a new rehabilitation center, as well as 17 new patient exam rooms intended for use by specialists in general surgery, OB/GYNs, orthopedic specialists, dermatologists and visiting specialists.
It takes a lot of effort to start a business, but husband and wife Chris and Valerie Black have been working overtime to get their restaurant up and running. The Burger Depot sits on the north side of Highway 10 in Verndale, near the town's main intersection. When the restaurant opens in late January, it will mean a decade-long dream has finally become a reality for the Blacks, who live in Staples with their three children. A combination of Valerie's background in finance and Chris's experience in the fast-food industry has gone into the Burger Depot plan.
The following is the second part in a series of two articles on Don Hamilton's brush with death and his subsequent recovery, as told by his family and himself. Don Hamilton was in a hospital bed in North Memorial near the Twin Cities. Prior to being hospitalized, he had fallen into a coma after a near-fatal hunting accident. And after being technically dead for 20 minutes, he had been resuscitated. But weeks after the accident, he had yet to regain consciousness. One by one, his organs began to fail. His family and friends watched over him constantly.
Tensions were high during the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board meeting Monday night, as parents of the five students who allegedly saw a nude iPad photo of health teacher Tom VanErp spoke out regarding the school's handling of the incident. Discussions regarding the alleged photo led to a point Monday when Board Chair Steve Techam moved that the meeting be closed. He later agreed to keep going, and the meeting lasted for approximately two hours, a majority of which was taken up by discussion of the photo incident. The school board addressed the in-cident in a statement read by Techam.
The city of Bertha recently saw the construction of a brand new water tower, but that's only part of the story. The water tower is just one facet of an $8 million renovation project meant to modernize almost all of Bertha's public works. The roads, water mains, sidewalks and sewage treatment sys-tems have either been replaced or will be replaced in the near future. "We're about 80 percent complet-ed," said Adam Templin, Bertha pub-lic works director.
In order to keep in step with changes required by the Federal Communications Commission, the Wadena Fire Department has modernized the paging system that alerts firefighters to emergency calls. The system has been switched over to what is called a narrow band frequency. According to the FCC's website, narrow band essentially means a broadcast that is at lower-than-normal frequencies, and therefore provides more channels for emergency workers to talk on, since each channel has a narrower bandwidth.
Although most people are counting down the days until Christmas, when they can enjoy the bounty and festivities of a new holiday season, many area families are instead counting the amount of resources left before they can no longer put dinner on the table at all. That's where the Wadena Food Shelf comes in. Mary Ann Hagen and Mary Pierce have been co-directors of the food shelf for about three years. Their data puts the average amount of families that use the food there at 150 per month.
Kindergarteners from Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary perform in front of a full house in the gym during the annual holiday concert Thursday.