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'Tis the season for good food, holiday lights, presents and, unfortunately, hitting a deer with your car. The rutting season has the highest rate of deer-related automobile collisions, and although the worst of it has already happened, drivers should remain alert, said Rob Naplin, wildlife supervisor at the DNR's Wildlife Management Office in Park Rapids.
Some Wadena-Deer Creek parents say they are unhappy with the lack of information being provided by WDC leaders in a case involving students who allegedly saw an inappropriate photo on a teacher's iPad. WDC Superintendent Dr.
Shirley Hamre, left, and Mary Krause, both of Wadena, were among those at St. Ann's Catholic Church who placed bids in a silent auction during the church's annual Holiday Festival on Nov. 17. The festival has been a tradition for more than 20 years. This year's event included a craft sale and a silent auction. Proceeds from both went to the church general fund. Photo by Zach Kayser
The new Wellness Center has a name - at least a tentative one, as discovered in the Wellness Talk column, written by Wellness Center Fundraising Committee member Michael Craig. Craig said the new name will likely be the Maslowski Wellness and Health Research Center, after the family who has agreed to have their trust support the Center with a grant totaling about $1.25 million throughout the next several years. The Maslowski Charitable Trust has a number of local ties, as Bertha resident Mary Larson is a Maslowski descendant.
Black's Grove is known as one of Wadena's more rustic parks, where people can enjoy nature while biking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Ever since an electrical line was extended to Black's Grove last month, however, the possibility of a new activity has arrived: plugging in. The campaign to get juice flowing to the park first began years ago when members of the Wadena Cross-Country Ski Club approached the Wadena Park Board with the idea of putting in an electric light to improve safety, said Ron Bucholz, Wadena public works director.
Some deer hunters may have lost out on getting a buck this year due to decreased populations, but they managed to get their hands on quite a bit of something else: beer. Alcohol sales were up approximately $10,000 from last year's deer season, said Tim Booth, manager of Wadena Municipal Liquor. Booth said spikes in sales are normal around hunting season, but this one is the biggest he's seen since he started running the liquor store four years ago. Booth especially saw sales spike during just the last three days of opening week.
Hearts were warmed Wednesday during the 19th annual Light-A-Light hospice tree lighting ceremony at the Browne Family Conference Center in Tri-County Health Care. After taking part in a free dinner, bereaved community members who had recently lost a loved one gathered together during the Legacy Home Health and Hospice event to offer comfort and hope to one another. The ceremony was opened with a welcome from Pastor Allen Refsland of Wadena Assembly of God Church, which was then followed by a rendition of "O Come Emmanuel" by Christie Meir and Pastor Nate Loer.
The planned Wadena Veteran's Memorial Park came one step closer to completion at Tuesday's Wadena City Council meeting. Council members voted unanimously to approve the park's flagpole. During the meeting, David Ludovisse said the flagpole in question will measure 60 feet high, and is patterned after a naval ship's mast. It will feature six different flags flying from the yardarm; five service flags of each branch of the United States Armed Forces, and the official POW/MIA flag. The flagpole will be located near an existing sign that honors veterans.