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Union Creek Organic has moved to its new location off Highway 10 West in Wadena. The move was prompted by a desire to better serve customers and to increase business visibility. Formerly known as Buckwheat Growers, Union Creek Organic serves local farmers and gardeners wanting to take a healthier approach to food. The business has been operating for 21 years. The business sells organic and non-GMO feed, seed supplies, dog food, and variety of organic gardening tools.
A benefit and silent auction for the Borntreger family will be held from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Deer Creek Community Center. Vernon Borntreger was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in August. He recently completed chemotherapy and will soon begin radiation treatment. The cost of cancer treatment has left the family in a financially difficult state.
On Nov. 21, the memorial motor was awarded to its new owner, Jake Roggenkamp. Jake had purchased his ticket some time ago and was incredibly surprised by the news. "I forgot I even bought a ticket," said Roggenkamp. While working in his shop, he received a call from Mike Shrode, the teacher overseeing the construction of the unique student project. Roggenkamp picked up his 588 horsepower, former dump truck motor at the Wadena Elks Lodge.
Family Dollar, a popular retail location in downtown Wadena is closing after the holiday season. The store has been a part of Wadena for some time and it came as a surprise when staff posted the closing signs. There are currently no plans of relocating the store. The abrupt closing left employees scrambling to make plans for the future. The closure is made even more difficult by the holidays being just around the corner.
After almost three decades of service, Wayne's Discount is closing its doors Dec. 31. Signs advertising store wide sales can be seen from the windows of the long standing shop. Being inside the store once make it evidently clear it holds much history and to a certain extent, is synonymous with Verndale. A place where customers and clerk take a vested interest in home improvement, hardware, plumbing, and maybe even candy.
The Empty Stocking Fund talent show put local musicians on center stage in an effort to raise funds for families in need. Dozens of talented musicians, singers, and choir groups combined their talents to raise money via telethon Wednesday night for people that can't afford food and gifts for their families. The funds will go toward a Christmas meal, toys, and warm clothing for people struggling during this holiday season.
Wadena Elks Lodge hosted the American Red Cross blood drive on Nov. 19-20. Individuals were encouraged to make an appointment or simply visit the Elks Lodge site to donate blood. Recently, the American Red Cross issued a critical appeal, notifying the public of a severe shortage of blood reserves. The public is urged to donate to avoid delays in emergency medical services.
Sweet Pickins, a unique custom furniture and decor store, has moved to a new downtown location. Amber Brunell has always been a DIY enthusiast. She got her start upcycling furniture in a garage. Word of her artistic endeavours quickly spread, soon she had so many orders, the only logical step was to start her own furniture and decor shop in Wadena. "We wanted to be a part of downtown," said Brunell during the hustle and bustle of setting up her new location.
The city of Wadena approved the full-time hiring of Rodney Rychner as a patrol officer on Nov 13. Rychner has been in law enforcement for almost 19 years and brings a wealth of experience to his position. Previously, Rychner worked for the Cass County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He also worked in Henning, Verndale and Wadena.
Volunteers hastily transported toys and supplies to their new home at Jefferson Square Friday in Wadena as part of a small step in the process of preparing for the 92nd annual Empty Stocking event. The Empty Stocking Fund is a non-profit organization that oversees an annual talent show charity event. Money generated from the talent show provides families with toys, warm clothing, and a Christmas meal.