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Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are a digital double-edged sword for Wadena–Deer Creek Middle/High School. On one hand, WDC uses official social network profiles to give updates to the community about goings-on in the school. On the other, a sophisticated blocking mechanism is in place to make sure social networking doesn’t become a distraction for students and staff during the school day.
5 Years Ago Excerpts from the Mar. 20, 2008 Pioneer Journal • Wheels come off Highway 10 project Construction to expand U.S. Highway 10 from two lanes to four lanes in Wadena won’t begin until 2027, according to a new project timeline presented by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
It was officially decided during Monday’s Wadena-Deer Creek School Board meeting that Lee Westrum will be the district’s superintendent next year, and some could argue the method of communication with Westrum was a bit out of the ordinary. Although it had been apparent the school would hire Westrum for some time, Monday’s unanimous vote to approve his contract was what made it official.
Tri-County Health Care (TCHC) began its next phase of renovations this week as part of an extensive multi-million-dollar development plan that included the new Rehabilitation Center completed earlier this year. Work crews were busy Thursday with installing a sheet rock wall near the main entrance, as well as demolishing the old administrative office spaces on the second floor in preparation for installing 17 new specialist exam rooms in their place.
In a continuation of the seemingly relentless pattern of storms affecting Wadena over the past few weeks, the area was struck again by a snowstorm late Sunday and early Monday. As of late Monday morning, about 4-6 inches had fallen in the Wadena area, said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck. Snow began to fall at around 8:15 p.m. Sunday night, with peak storm intensity occurring during the pre-dawn hours Monday, he said, adding that visibility dropped to one half of a mile around 12:30 a.m.
5 Years Ago Excerpts from the Mar. 13, 2008 Pioneer Journal • Despite warning, local bar will keep up ‘theater nights’ Theatrical performances will continue at Ray’s Sport and Karaoke in Wadena, owner Ray Meyer said. This comes after a recent announcement from the Minnesota Department of Health determining that theater nights in bars do not fall within the theatrical production exemption of the Freedom to Breathe Act.
Although it was a topic of spirited discussion during Tuesday’s Wadena City Council meeting, the issue of excluding religious wording from a memorial plaque in the town’s proposed Veteran’s Park was not resolved.
Weather and climate experts said Monday that the melting snow will do little to alleviate drought conditions for the Wadena area. Layers of frozen ground will prevent moisture from reaching the soil levels that mean the most to farmers, who will have to wait to see if better rain comes later in spring. Greg Spoden, state climatologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said although melting snow poses a flood risk in the south part of the state near the Red River, Minnesota is mostly going to miss out on the positive aspects of all the new moisture.