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Dan Geis of Clarissa handles a replica Model 1861 derringer at the Wadena Gun Show held at the National Guard Armory June 1. Geis said the derringer he was looking over fires a .357-caliber round.
Although we all have to do it sometime, it appears that far too few people in Verndale are willing to pay the piper -- at least for the moment. The cemetery there is in the unique position of being owned by the city, which must pay for all of the upkeep costs. So far, it’s approximately $23,000 in the red, and with private donations lacking, city officials are looking for ways to keep the red ink in the cemetery fund from coming back to haunt them later on.
Following the discovery of unsafe arsenic levels at the shared well at Pine View Acres trailer park just outside of the Wadena city limits, park owner David Kleinke was required by law to work with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in order to fix the problem.
While other musicians might sing of country living without having ever been near a tractor, Todd County’s own Jeremiah James Korfe has a deeper claim than most to truly represent the rural lifestyle in his music. Korfe, who is performing in Wadena June 14 as part of the June Jubilee festivities, grew up on a dairy farm near Clarissa and still splits his time between making songs in Nashville and helping with field work back home each spring.
Events for this year’s annual Wadena June Jubilee are set to begin Thursday, June 13 with the Town & Country Breakfast at Burlington Northern Park in downtown Wadena from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. For a dollar, participants get sausage, pancakes, rolls, juice and milk, as well as the opportunity to chat with neighbors. Next up for the lovers of good food; brats and root beer floats will be served at the Depot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Members of the Elmer Goche VFW Post 3922 Firing Squad salute during the Memorial Day program May 27 in Wadena’s Memorial Auditorium. From the left: Dave Ludovissie, John Rebischke and Phil Thoennes, all veterans of the U.S. Army. Not pictured: Rod Wells, veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Dean Kuhn of Zambelli Fireworks can tell you that the fireworks displays he choreographs are a lot more than just loud bangs and pretty colors. Kuhn, who will plan the fireworks program for June Jubilee on June 14 in Wadena, said it’s easy for audiences to miss just how much work goes into the shows; from sketching out a plan to when the first shell is launched into the night sky. “People think we show up at 5 o'clock and throw a couple mortars in the ground and stand out there with a book of matches,” he said.
Graduates of Wadena-Deer Creek High School’s class of 2013 react to a slideshow prepared by Student Council Co-Presidents Joey Price and Brooke Umland for the commencement ceremony May 24. The slideshow was composed of memories in pictures and video from throughout the graduating class’ academic career.
The city of Wadena is faced with an interesting problem: stopping a legion of deer who for some reason appear to be bound and determined to get through the perimeter fence at Wadena Municipal Airport; and who have beaten a variety of security measures installed specifically to prevent them from doing just that.
This year’s annual June Jubilee is planned to have a unique draw as two nationally known country music acts, group Little Texas and solo artist Jeremiah James Korfe, will be performing during the festival’s second day. “Having a big-name band is... new and exciting because we haven’t done that for years and years,” Wadena Chamber of Commerce Executive Shirley Uselman said. “We’ve had bands in, but nothing that’s nationally known.”