Thursday, Oct. 7

Public meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Maslowski Wellness & Research Center executive meeting room to hear from the community concerning the arts and artisan projects; artists, craftspeople, artisans and people interested in bringing more arts into the community are invited to attend.

Friday, Oct. 8

  • Fear Factory Haunted House at the Wadena County Fairgrounds open from 7-11 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 9. Tickets are $10. Recommended for 10 years old and above.
  • Someplace Safe chili, cinnamon rolls and raffle drawing at the Wadena VFW from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal is a free-will offering that is available for dine-in or takeout.

Saturday, Oct. 9

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  • Make a run from zombies in the Wadena Zombie Run at Blacks Grove Park starting at 11 a.m. You can register by calling the Chamber at 218-632-7704 or emailing
  • National 4-H Week culminates with a family fun event at the Wadena County Fairgrounds from 4-7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Wadena County 4-H Clubs and will include a variety of fun and games for youth of all ages.
  • Henning Landmark Center Pie and Pumpkin Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take in the free activities including pumpkin painting, scribble booth activities and live Bluegrass music by "The Skally Line."
  • New York Mills Otter Berry Farm night maze (family friendly) starting at 7:30 p.m. with the last maze entrance at 9:30 p.m. Kids 5-years-old and younger are free and 6+ are $10. Make sure to bring your own flashlight.
  • Wadena County Republican Fall Festival is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch in Wadena. Call 218-894-1899 for more information.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

  • Tune into the Staples Area Men's Chorus at Little Round Still from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The free event will feature chorus favorites, audience participation and a behind-the-scenes look at how the group learns their music.
  • Experience an opera singer performance at the New York Mills Cultural Center with Tiffanie Trujillo of New York from 6-7 p.m. Free will donations will be accepted.
  • Tri-County Health Care flu shot clinic from 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Bertha clinic. Call 218-924-2250 for an appointment; walk-in appointments are available.

Thursday, Oct. 14

Wadena Whirlaways Square dance at the Staples Community Center, 425 4th St. NE from 7:30-10 p.m. The theme is harvest celebration and the caller is Larry Fruetel.

Friday, Oct. 15

Chad Lewis will give Kitchigami Regional Library patrons a virtual presentation at 6 p.m. that covers the entire spectrum of Minnesota’s supernatural activity. To register, sign up at or KRLS Legacy Programs Facebook page @KRLSLegacy, or call your local library.

Standing dates

  • Cards and Farkel 1-4 p.m., Monday - Thursday at the Wadena Senior Center. Closed Friday-Sunday. Call (218) 631-4077 for more information.
  • Celebrate Recovery program will be held at the Verndale Family Life Church, 402 Clark Dr. NE, from 6-8 p.m. every Sunday. For more information please call (218) 445-5568.
  • Wadena Open Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at 8 p.m. Tuesdays (book meeting); 7 p.m., Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. Sundays, at 421 NW 4th St, Wadena.
  • Life After Loss group for parents dealing with the loss of a child on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom with Wellness in the Woods. Join by clicking the VSPN logo at
  • Free community meal, drive-thru style, every last Thursday of the month from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Saint Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena.
  • Wadena Area Food Shelf open 10 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Thursdays. Contact them at 218-631-7605. Located at 205 Aldrich Ave SE, Wadena.
  • Verndale Area Food Shelf is open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday; and 5-7 p.m. every first Thursday at 402 NE Clark Dr. Contact the director at 218-445-5568.
  • Find the Wadena Tuesday market starting mid-July in Burlington Northern Park from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Stop by the Staples Area Farmers' Market from 2-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Lakewood main campus for vendors fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, baked goods and more.
  • For the New York Mills market, head to Central Park on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wadena Farmers Market on Fridays from 2-5:30 p.m. on Wesley Lawn across from Tri-County Health Care.
  • Wadena County Republicans meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Pizza Ranch in Wadena. Dinner and visiting at 6 p.m. with speakers and a business meeting at 7 p.m. Call (218) 894-1899 for more information.