20 years ago

Aug. 19, 1999

Relay for Life

The sixth annual Relay for Life drew big crowds and generated $33,000 from the sale of luminaries. Sales were up during this year with 3,700 being sold.


During an early morning storm lightning struck twice in the City of Wadena. According to the Utilities Clerk for Wadena Light and Power, a lightning strike tripped a breaker which caused power issues in residential areas on the southwest side of town. Lightning struck the northeast side of town as well but didn’t cause any noticeable power outages.

50 years ago

Aug. 21, 1969

Park donations

The Park Board reported several donations in 1969. Hundreds of dollars were donated from various businesses and private individuals. The VFW made a $300 donation. The Chamber of Commerce donated totem poles.

Bicycle giveaway

Four bicycles were up for grabs during a back to school promotion in the Wadena August Shopper. A series of coupons found on the front page served as entries. Winners were announced over KKWS Radio.