The following updates to schedules and responses to COVID-19 were shared March 19-23 in the Wadena area. While many operations are closing or changing the way they do business, there are still ways to support area businesses and organizations.


  • The Wadena-Deer Creek schools begins delivery of meals today between 9 a.m. and noon. If you have signed up your students for the delivery, the school requests you put out a tote, cooler or container of some kind on your front porch or by your front door for staff to place the breakfasts and lunches in. You can call the school at anytime if you would like to be added to the meal delivery route. The grab and go meals will continue at the middle high school for a few days from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the north entrance, according to a Facebook post.

  • Wadena County Public Health has asked people who do not have a scheduled appointment to call 218-631-7629 before coming to the building. Public Health has also postponed preschool screenings, child and teen checkups and senior clinics and foot care. On an as needed basis, the services of paternity testing and immunizations are still being offered. The following services will be provided over the phone unless extenuating circumstances arise: WIC, family home visiting and car seat education and distribution.

Business changes

Grocery goods

  • At Walmart, a senior shopping event will be held every Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. starting on March 24.

Restaurants offer pickup, to-go, drive thru

  • The Uptown- Offering free delivery in Wadena starting Monday, March 23-Saturday, March 28. Delivery will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. This may change week to week. There is also curbside pick up, walk in to go, and call ahead takeout with business hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Kids menu meals are $5.
  • Maasconi's Char and Bar-Take out from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Call 218-445-2855 and check Facebook for the specials.


West Central Telephone has temporarily closed their offices to walk-in traffic. They are asking members and customers to do business with them by phone, email or online chat. The business also has drop boxes for payment at both Menahga and Sebeka locations, and the Sebeka office offers drive-thru service for more face-to-face service.” The cooperative will continue to offer emergency repair service 24/7 which can be reached by calling 218-837-5151. Technicians will also be doing limited installations of necessary services. The Sebeka drive-thru will remain open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers may send email to or start an online chat from the website at

Other retail

  • Smith Furniture-Closed until further notice as of March 19. You can still reach them on Facebook, via email at, leave a voicemail at 218-631-2301 or call Christina's cell phone at 218-371-2193.
  • Midstate Insurance-Clients are not allowed in the office but are encouraged to call 218-631-1065 or email If you need to drop off paperwork, knock on the door. There is also a drop box in the entryway for payments and receipts will be mailed out.
  • Webers-If you are uncomfortable coming into the store during the COVID-19 pandemic you may phone your order in for pick-up at our front door, call 218-631-2454. If your order is $50 or more and need it delivered we will deliver free of charge in a 10 mile radius. You can also shop all of the products that Do It Best stocks at You can have your order delivered directly to the store with no shipping fees.

  • Wadena License Bureau-Open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 23 with the lobby being open to three customers at a time.
  • Effective Tuesday, March 24, Thrifty White Pharmacy in Wadena will have reduced hours due to the pandemic. Their new hours will be: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. They can offer free mail delivery of your maintenance medications when you enroll them in their RX Med Sync Prescription Refill Service. Just call the pharmacy at 218-631-4050 and enroll.

  • Hometown Crafts and Fabrics-The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. If you know what you need and would like staff members to bring it to your car, call 218-631-3141. Shipping is also available. The store will try to stay open as we move farther into this crisis. Some of the store's suppliers are closing so they will continue to try to keep their shelves stocked.

This is not a complete list and this list is likely changing daily. Please call ahead or visit their website for more information as this health pandemic continues to change schedules.

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