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An unfortunate mixture of persistent rain and low temperatures has taken its toll on local crops this year, pushing back planting dates by nearly a month and possibly taking a chunk out of farmers’ yields.
A series of daytime residential burglaries over the past month in Wadena and the surrounding area has netted thousands of dollars in cash and valuables, authorities said Tuesday as they pursued several leads in the cases. Sergeant Naomi Plautz of the Wadena Police Department said that while in some cases the suspect or suspects would break into the homes, in others they would simply walk in while the homes were unsecured. She would not say that the burglaries were definitely linked, although they all occurred during daylight hours.
Following a feverishly paced construction schedule, most of the buildings on the Wadena County Fairgrounds that the 2010 tornado destroyed will be rebuilt in time for the county fair next week.
Events for the Wadena County Fair will kick off Wednesday, June 26 as 4-H judging begins. See the fair booklet for more 4H information. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the fair’s midway will be open for a sneak preview of the rides and carnival. On Thursday at 7 p.m. on the bandshell stage, the Wadena Madhatters theater group will perform. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., DJ Bryon Lalum will take the stage.
Inside the Wadena Elks Club last Thursday night, a Minnesota institution changed forever. Jim Klobuchar, renowned Star Tribune writer and founder of the Jaunt with Jim bicycle ride, announced that this year would be his last as manager.
Members of the Wadena Fire Department conduct a car fire drill Monday evening outside the City Administrative Center. The street was blocked off and pairs of firefighters took turns extinguishing the flamses. WFD Training Office Mike Kleinke said the simulation was the first of its kind ever attempted by the WFD.
This article is first in a two-part series on Heinrich (Henry) Kopka and his family, who lived in Germany during the World War II and later emigrated to the United States. Heinrich, now a retired mathematics and German teacher, lives with his wife north of Staples.
The days are numbered for both the former Carter Oil building in downtown Wadena and the last remnants of the outdoor pool near Highway 29 just north of Wadena Cemetery. On Tuesday, the Wadena City Council voted to hire TJ Waln Excavating of Wadena to demolish Carter Oil, located at 15 Colfax Ave SW, and the old City Pool at 310 Seventh St SW. According to project bids submitted to the city, the pool will cost $7,300 to destroy, and Carter Oil will cost $11,250 for a total of $18,550.
After the Wadena City Council voted 4-1 to deny a rezoning of Messiah Lutheran Church into commercial property, developer Kyle Davis vowed to continue his plan to turn the building into student apartments -- even if it costs him an extra $40,000 to do it.
Bonnie Kingsley of Wadena was recently announced as this year's winner of Tri-County Health Care's annual June Jubilee medallion design contest. The pictured medallion will be the object of a hunt during June Jubilee beginning June 14. From left to right: Judy White, vice president of Clinic Operations for TCHC; Kingsley; Shirley Uselman, Wadena Chamber of Commerce executive; and Bette Johnson, advertising sales representative for the Wadena Pioneer Journal.