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Cupid Crew volunteers arrived at Meadows of Wadena carrying dozens of roses for unsuspecting residents. Volunteers from the Wadena-Deer Creek Honor Society took time out of their Valentine's Day to spread joy and smiles to people that may not have a loved one coming to visit.
Students filed into the gymnasium at Wadena Deer Creek High School for the annual Snow Week talent show. Brave students, one by one took center stage to put on a show for their classmates. A piano, a rollout mat, and mic were set up in the middle of the gym while hordes of giddy students nervously waited for their chance in the spotlight. Students from grades 5-12 participated in the show. Renditions were comprised of singing, dancing, piano playing, and wrestling antics set to 1980's rock and roll music.
The Wadena Fire Department and Minnesota Energy Resources responded to a gas leak at the Wadena Post Office at approximately 11 a.m. on Feb. 13. Early Wednesday morning, post office employees detected a gas odor. The staff immediately notified the fire department and soon the street in front of the post office was filled with emergency vehicles.
Extreme cold and snow have been an almost constant concern throughout the 2019 winter season. Many are claiming this is the harshest winter the area has seen in several years. Statistically it does appear that snow falls were milder in previous years. The last few weeks for many have consisted of waking up extra early to clear the driveway and sidewalks only to return from work to see all that hard work destroyed by an almost constant stream of snow.
Otter Tail County on Ice kicked off Friday, Feb. 8. Dozens of staff members stormed the ice to put on a musical festival. The event took place on frozen Otter Tail Lake. The lake was a literal frozen tundra on Friday night. Cold so extreme that heat generators malfunctioned, fingers froze, and people had to huddle into the event tent to keep warm. This is the second year of the event and cold temperatures are nothing new. Last year temperatures plummeted and OTC on Ice partied through the cold.
The February Festival of Health is an annual event held in the halls of M-State. It's an opportunity for local medical, safety, and better living professionals to reach out to the community. The event goes beyond the simple pamphlets and tag board presentations. Many professionals at the festival are taking this chance to lend their skills to curious individuals interested in improving their quality of life.
Though students were elbow-to-elbow with adults, many they had never met, a hot meal of potatoes and chicken strips in a familiar lunch spot made the occasion quite comfortable. Students and first responders filled the cafeteria at WDC Elementary School on Jan. 31. Law enforcement, fire fighters, and EMS workers took a step back in time to reminisce with the youth during the Lunch with First Responders event.
A benefit for Doug Weller is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Bluffton Community Center. Weller recently had open heart surgery for the second time in 11 years. His surgery went well but now he must go through the difficult process of rehabilitation. A benefit was organized to assist Weller with medical expenses.
After several years of fundraising, the pledges have been gathered and the construction costs of the Maslowski Wellness & Research Center have been covered. The wellness center is a grand facility that emerged from the rubble of disaster. Its inclusion to the community was a point of great excitement. A massive building devoted to the health and wellbeing of Wadena seemed like a great idea. However, great things cost money and such a civic project would require fundraising.
Lisa Leeseberg has been in the pizza business for over two decades. Restaurants and food are ingrained in her life and upbringing. Her love for food will soon include not just pizza, but baked goods. Renovations on the downtown bakery are almost finished. The process has been long and arduous according to Leeseberg. The final phase of renovation has involved several bouts with the health department about flooring and other issues. Currently sinks are being added to the establishment along with new flooring in the baking area and a ventilation hood.