In a night filled with an impressive assortment of talent, judges had the difficult task of choosing the girls that would represent Wadena well in the coming year. After a display of skills were put to the test, Courtny Warren, daughter of Paul and Heather Warren, was crowned Miss Wadena. Lael Bervig, daughter of Eric and Jennifer Bervig, was named first princess and Nessa Lind, daughter of Nyoaka and Mark Koone and Jason and Jeni Lind, earned second princess honors.
Wadena-Deer Creek graduate and 2018 Miss Wadena Ellie Miron said handing off the crown this Sunday will be a bittersweet day for her. While she never dreamed of getting involved in the Miss Wadena pageant, she's glad she did. She said it was her piano teacher Julia Whynott that encouraged her to get involved. She said after agreeing to be a part and being selected for the honor it's been an enjoyable ride filled with parades and community events she'd never known about before.
Viewing of digital documents, plans, photos, videos and more should get easier for those attending the Wadena County Commission meetings in the near future following the approval to purchase two 70-inch monitors for the board room. There is currently one 60-inch monitor used to display agenda items in the room, but there has been regular conversations about adding monitors in order to allow everyone in the room to view the subject matter without the use of paper copies.
Property owners had the opportunity to bring their concerns about taxation before Wadena County Commissioners Monday afternoon during the annual tax equalization meeting to see if they could get a change to their property valuations. Among those present were a unique spread of properties including a Wadena eye clinic, an electrician's property, an apartment classified as commercial and a hunting shack. Commissioners went over each property one at a time with county assessor Lee Brekke and county auditor/treasurer Heather Olson.
A case of Wenthold vs. Wadena County and Park Rapids Clay Dusters seems to be closed according to Wadena County Planning and Zoning director Deana Malone in a statement to county commissioners Monday.
A brother and sister from Staples were recently sentenced for their involvement in shooting and killing a family dog and leaving it in a county park, while posting a video of the incident on social media in February. The siblings Josiah W. Shegstad and Tayiah V. Shegstad were convicted separately for their roles in the incident. They both made an agreement to plead guilty to both counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and petty misdemeanor unlawful deposit of garbage. Both also had an amended decision June 14.
A man found dead in a ticket booth near the Wadena County Fair grandstand has been identified as 54-year-old Roger Alan Donnelly formerly of Minneapolis. Donnelly was found in the ticket booth by a county fair board member June 6. It's believed the ticket booth door was locked, but there are several windows on the booth as well.
There will be one less attraction at the Wadena County Fair this week after a petting zoo owner was arrested for domestic assault at the fairgrounds and later charged with two counts of animal cruelty after reports of numerous petting zoo animals not receiving proper care.
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run passed through Wadena Tuesday, June 18, by way of Otter Tail County law enforcement.
The Wadena-Deer Creek School board was informed that the district received no bids for the construction class' house built during the 2018-2019 school year. The home received attention from potential buyers, but no bids came in for the June 5 deadline. The unfortunate news during the June 10 meeting brought the board to discuss working with the Wadena Housing and Redevelopment Authority on whether they would be interested in buying the house to place on a lot in Wadena, in an effort to add affordable new housing in Wadena.