Military truck installation coming soon to Wadena Veterans Park

The city council approved a plan to add a concrete pad at the site for display purposes.

The Wadena Veterans Park memorial has been put in place gradually based on donations. Additional features will continue to be placed in the park. Photo by Anna Erickson/Wadena Pioneer Journal
The Wadena Veterans Park memorial has been put in place gradually based on donations. Additional features will continue to be placed in the park.
Pioneer Journal file photo

WADENA — The Wadena Veterans Park is getting a new concrete pad added soon to provide a space for a military truck display.

Kelly McAllister, chair of the Wadena Veterans Park committee, addressed the Wadena City Council on July 12 with the request to add the pad. The council approved the request as presented. The 2.5 ton truck is purchased and is to be displayed after the pad is complete. The pad will be placed to the southeast of the current Veterans Memorial site. This is part of the groups ongoing effort to add military items to the site to help the community remember those who have served and still serve our country in the armed forces.
In other actions, the council:

  • Approved changing the dates on two temporary liquor licenses for the Wadena County Ag Society (Fairboard) on the following dates: • July 24, 2022, changed to July 31, 2022 • August 14, 2022, changed to August 27, 2022.
  • Meghan Current was approved to serve on the Library Board.
  • The council went along with their insurance adjuster’s recommendation in not taking responsibility for a claim that a street sweeper damaged a home in Wadena.
    A claim was made against the city that the street sweeper threw a rock and damaged the home including the window of Gervase Richter. The League of MN Cities (LMC) insurance adjuster does not find this possible, and the city not at fault. The original claimant has since passed away but the claimant’s daughter has continued to address this with Public Works Director Dan Kovar. Kovar responded he has to follow the insurance adjuster’s decision.
    The adjuster’s comments were that the inward sweeping motion made it nearly impossible for the machine to throw a rock up at a home. The cost of the damage was $523 based on a bill the city received.
  • Approved an updated transient license fee. The previously approved fee was $50 for 4 days and then $10 per day. The updated fee will be comparable to neighboring communities at $100 per year.
  • House 5B candidate Sheldon Monson visited the council to speak about his political aspirations and his work to bring needed improvements to the city over his eight years as a Wadena County Commissioner.
  • Heard from Utilities Superintendent David Evans that the city water tower is now drained and crews are busy cleaning the inside of the tank. The city has added water tanks in town that are assisting with providing water pressure to residents. Evans indicated that should water usage become too great due to increased lawn watering and such, there may be a need to put restrictions in place while the water tower is empty. Conserving water would be beneficial.

Greenwood update

Evans updated the council on work along Greenwood Avenue. Dewatering continues as they install sanitary sewer pipes. Several sandpoints along the route have gone dry as a result of the dewatering. Water has been made available to those residents. Ponds along the route have also been drained, however, at the request of a resident, at least one pond is having water returned to it to maintain a certain water level there. Work has passed 9th Street on Greenwood Ave.

Michael Johnson is the news editor for Agweek. He lives in rural Deer Creek, Minn., where he is starting to homestead with his two children and wife.
You can reach Michael at or 218-640-2312.
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