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Automatic federal spending cuts known as the “sequester” that took effect earlier this year so far have not trickled down to Wadena. County, city and school officials are as yet unsure about what kind of cuts will affect their respective organizations. “I just don’t know of anything right now,” said Wadena City Administrator Brad Swenson. “There probably will be (effects), but I don’t know what they would be.”
Nitrates seeping underground can be a problem when they reach the public water supply, as previously reported with the Verndale public works system. However, the risk of high nitrate levels in drinking water also exists in private wells far outside city limits, where the water isn’t tested regularly.
While most people in our area might see the recent late-winter weather as an irritating inconvenience, for a select group of workers, it means a major disruption of their livelihood. The farmers in and around Wadena County now have to contend with problems like delayed planting for corn, less hay to use as feed and newborn calves that have to spend the first hours of their lives in harsher conditions. Scott Dau, general manager at Leaf River Ag Co-op in Wadena, said this year comes as a special shock because last spring fell on the opposite end of the weather spectrum.
Although he lives in Burnsville now, Frank Quilici’s Chicago accent still poked through occasionally as he regaled a capacity-crowd at Wadena Memorial Auditorium Monday night with stories of his time playing with the Minnesota Twins during the team’s formative years in the 1960s.
Although raising money for needy families is always meaningful, this year’s annual Ronald McDonald House Ride is going to have a special significance as motorcyclists start roaring from New York Mills on June 8. After this year’s totals are factored in, participants are likely to have raised a total of over one million dollars during the twelve years the ride has been held to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo-Moorhead. “We’re the world’s largest benefit ride for the Ronald McDonald House,” said organizer Scott Anderson. “It helps a lot of families.”
A local petition group has entered into the community discussion of what the coming Wellness Center will be like with a request that its leader feels will lead to an advantage for the new building over other community centers in the area. Ed Blazek said his petition for a whirlpool to be included as part of the Wellness Center plan has already received nearly 200 signatures, and after May 15, he will present all of them to the Wadena City Council.
Rising nitrate levels from water samples taken at a well in the Verndale city park have given officials there cause for concern.
Tri-County Healthcare recently announced the headliner for their 14th annual Men’s Night Out: none other than Frank Quilici, player, manager and broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins. Quilici’s legendary career, outlined by a TCHC press release, includes his experience playing as an infielder when the Twins battled the L.A. Dodgers in the 1965 World Series. Soon after he retired from playing, Quilici had a brief stint coaching the Twins before he was moved up to manager in 1972. He served as a radio and TV commentator for the Twins in the 1970s and 80s.
Next year, an extensive sewer replacement and repair project in the city of Verndale will finally come to a close with the last section of pipe being put in place. Originally begun in 2005, the project was done neighborhood by neighborhood as the city could find funding for it. If enough money is obtained for this round of renovation, this epic sewer saga will see its final chapter as the largest portion of old sewer so far is either fixed or replaced by a modern line next year. City officials hope it will put an end to problems plaguing the old system.
5 Years Ago Excerpts from the April 3, 2008 Pioneer Journal Jury begins deliberations in Bradley trial The jury in the Thorpe Thomas Bradley trial began deliberations around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. No verdict had been reached by press time. Bradley took the stand during his murder trial Tuesday, wrapping up four days of testimony from witnesses called by the prosecution and the defense.